How can I prevent getting sick? Over it!

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    Jun 11, 2012 11:13 AM GMT
    So, it seems at least every 3 months I end up with either a sinus infection, I terrible cold or just something! What supplements/vitamins make my immune system stronger? I wanna just take a pill and just never get sick haha.
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    Jun 11, 2012 3:46 PM GMT
    I kinda have the same thing. So damn annoying. What I do is I take the "Get-The-Fuck-Out-Of-My-Body Pill" eat some Calamari then swear non-stop for 3 minutes. It scares the germs right out of me.

    lol, kidding icon_smile.gif I just take some sinus relief, Advil, anything like that. If you find the secret to never getting sick, please let me know
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    Jun 11, 2012 3:47 PM GMT
    What is your diet like?

    You have to eat fresh fruits and veggie every day to build your immune system.and I mean significant quantities of them. Not just one carrot and call it a day. I'm talking 2-3 carrots, 5-6 leaves of romaine lettuce, half a pint or a pint of cherry tomatoes (cherry for ease of eating), and fresh fruit. Change up the veggies with broccoli and bell peppers, etc. Every day.

    And right now to start, you might want to juice, so you can get the nutrition of way more fruits and veggies than you can eat.

    Also eat yogurt with live cultures to improve you digestion.

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    Jun 11, 2012 3:48 PM GMT
    What is your diet like? There is way more to good health than vitamin and mineral supplements.

    You have to eat fresh fruits and veggie every day to build your immune system.and I mean significant quantities of them. Not just one carrot and call it a day. I'm talking 2-3 carrots, 5-6 leaves of romaine lettuce, half a pint or a pint of cherry tomatoes (cherry for ease of eating), and fresh fruit. Change up the veggies with broccoli and bell peppers, etc. Every day.

    And right now to start, you might want to juice, so you can get the nutrition of way more fruits and veggies than you can eat.

    Also eat yogurt with live cultures to improve you digestion.

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    Jun 11, 2012 3:49 PM GMT
    I take a multi-vitamin that has over 2000% of the vitamin C you need in a day and I very rarely get sick.
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    Jun 11, 2012 3:54 PM GMT
    When we moved back to DC from Hawaii, just like you I was getting a cold every 2 or 3 months, with the symptoms lasting for 2-3 weeks sometimes. Here is how I stopped the cold cycle in its tracks.

    FIRST: Wash your hands, all the time. Every time you touch something someone else might have touched (doorknobs, handrails, public telephones (ha!), etc.) remember not to touch your face or especially your eyes until you have had a chance to wash your hands. Seriously, I probably wash my hands 10 or more times a day, especially at the office or (god forbid) after my commute on public transportation - after doing that I call my hands "Metro hands" and I can't imagine all the germs on them. When you go to a public bathroom, after washing your hands turn off the tap with your elbow or the back of your hand, and use a paper towel to open the door to leave. Since I started this regimen I get 1-2 colds per year, max.

    SECOND: Once you even get the barest inkling that you're coming down with a cold, hit it with zinc cold supplements - HARD. I mean, the minute you get the suspicion that the tickle in your throat means you're gonna be sick, start IMMEDIATELY. The directions on the supplements I use here (ColdEeze, Zicam) tend to say one every four hours. In the beginning, I do it every two hours. I know the scientific jury is out on zinc and colds, but I am a true believer - the last cold I got lasted all of three days from start to finish and was really mild.

  • CuriousJockAZ

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    Jun 11, 2012 4:01 PM GMT
    I take a good multi-vitamin and double down on Vitamin C. I don't even remember the last time I was sick.
  • Hotgymguy22

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    Jun 11, 2012 4:26 PM GMT
    Kristoff saidSo, it seems at least every 3 months I end up with either a sinus infection, I terrible cold or just something! What supplements/vitamins make my immune system stronger? I wanna just take a pill and just never get sick haha.


    I started having a lot of sinus trouble a few years ago. I went to an ENT doctor and they did an allergy test and found out I'm highly allergic to dust. As allergic as you can get. So simple things like vacuuming or dusting were making me sick with a sinus infection! I also had a chronic sinus infection that needed surgery. I never got the surgery and probably still need it, but eliminating dust exposure has worked wonders for me. I'd recommend going to an ENT doctor.
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    Jun 11, 2012 6:19 PM GMT
    live in a bubble
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    Jun 11, 2012 6:25 PM GMT
    Lots of rest

    Clean eating

    Lots of fruits and veggies

    Use a neti pot to clean out your sinuses regularly

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    Jun 11, 2012 6:35 PM GMT
    Wash your hands several times a day!
    Don't touch your face.
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    Jun 11, 2012 6:57 PM GMT
    Read This!!


    I had the same thing... I would go on vacation and get a sinus infection or I would have a GREAT workout and get a sinus infection. I was tired all of the time. I didn't know what was wrong. I ate healthy, used my Neti pot, I took supplements and multi-vitamins. There was no explanation.

    So I go to a new doctor with my sinus infection and I ask for a Zpack. He said, "How many Zpacks have you had this year?" I answered, "seven" and he had apoplexy about that.

    He said, "Seven!!??? I give Zpacks to six year olds.... they are a one-size-fits-all dosage and you are 240 lbs. That didn't treat your infection, that just masked it."

    We went through my history and figured out that I had a respiratory infection for more than a year. He gave me two enormous shots in the ass.... an antibiotic and a corticosteroid.... he then gave me two weeks worth of enormous green pills that made my shit weird and turn black....

    And I felt better than I had in a LONG time. I haven't had another since and that was about 10 months ago.

    Consider that your doctor may be not aggressive enough. Knock that bitch out and see if you dont feel tremendously better!
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    Jun 11, 2012 7:02 PM GMT
    Great if you're talking about a bacterial sinus infection, but for run of the mill viral colds antibiotics won't do shit. And you'll contribute to drug resistance.

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    I had the same thing... I would go on vacation and get a sinus infection or I would have a GREAT workout and get a sinus infection. I was tired all of the time. I didn't know what was wrong. I ate healthy, used my Neti pot, I took supplements and multi-vitamins. There was no explanation.

    So I go to a new doctor with my sinus infection and I ask for a Zpack. He said, "How many Zpacks have you had this year?" I answered, "seven" and he had apoplexy about that.

    He said, "Seven!!??? I give Zpacks to six year olds.... they are a one-size-fits-all dosage and you are 240 lbs. That didn't treat your infection, that just masked it."

    We went through my history and figured out that I had a respiratory infection for more than a year. He gave me two enormous shots in the ass.... an antibiotic and a corticosteroid.... he then gave me two weeks worth of enormous green pills that made my shit weird and turn black....

    And I felt better than I had in a LONG time. I haven't had another since and that was about 10 months ago.

    Consider that your doctor may be not aggressive enough. Knock that bitch out and see if you dont feel tremendously better!
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    Jun 11, 2012 7:08 PM GMT
    showme saidGreat if you're talking about a bacterial sinus infection, but for run of the mill viral colds antibiotics won't do shit. And you'll contribute to drug resistance.

    MuscleBadger saidRead This!!


    I had the same thing... I would go on vacation and get a sinus infection or I would have a GREAT workout and get a sinus infection. I was tired all of the time. I didn't know what was wrong. I ate healthy, used my Neti pot, I took supplements and multi-vitamins. There was no explanation.

    So I go to a new doctor with my sinus infection and I ask for a Zpack. He said, "How many Zpacks have you had this year?" I answered, "seven" and he had apoplexy about that.

    He said, "Seven!!??? I give Zpacks to six year olds.... they are a one-size-fits-all dosage and you are 240 lbs. That didn't treat your infection, that just masked it."

    We went through my history and figured out that I had a respiratory infection for more than a year. He gave me two enormous shots in the ass.... an antibiotic and a corticosteroid.... he then gave me two weeks worth of enormous green pills that made my shit weird and turn black....

    And I felt better than I had in a LONG time. I haven't had another since and that was about 10 months ago.

    Consider that your doctor may be not aggressive enough. Knock that bitch out and see if you dont feel tremendously better!


    Hence go to the DOCTOR and find out what it is. the original post was "sinus infection, a terrible cold or just something..." He doesn't know what it is, and neither did I. I was very happy to learn what it was and I felt better than I had for over a year.
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    Jun 11, 2012 9:07 PM GMT
    1) Stay away from kids.
    2) Stay away from people with kids.
    3) Avoid people who make unnecessary aerosols.

    I was in the supermarket the other day and some dumb c*^t was telling her brats fairy stories about the "organic" vegetables. They were both running their hands all over the produce. Snot running down the brat's face. Picking stuff up and putting it back. Making unsuspecting people sick. icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Jun 11, 2012 9:11 PM GMT
    MuscleBadger saidRead This!!


    I had the same thing... I would go on vacation and get a sinus infection or I would have a GREAT workout and get a sinus infection. I was tired all of the time. I didn't know what was wrong. I ate healthy, used my Neti pot, I took supplements and multi-vitamins. There was no explanation.

    So I go to a new doctor with my sinus infection and I ask for a Zpack. He said, "How many Zpacks have you had this year?" I answered, "seven" and he had apoplexy about that.

    He said, "Seven!!??? I give Zpacks to six year olds.... they are a one-size-fits-all dosage and you are 240 lbs. That didn't treat your infection, that just masked it."

    We went through my history and figured out that I had a respiratory infection for more than a year. He gave me two enormous shots in the ass.... an antibiotic and a corticosteroid.... he then gave me two weeks worth of enormous green pills that made my shit weird and turn black....

    And I felt better than I had in a LONG time. I haven't had another since and that was about 10 months ago.

    Consider that your doctor may be not aggressive enough. Knock that bitch out and see if you dont feel tremendously better!



    I believe the pills were Iron. They will definetly cause stool to turn either dark green to black.
  • LJay

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    Jun 11, 2012 9:28 PM GMT
    Get yourself to an ENT doc and get thoroughly checked out. You may have an ongoing infection that flares up periodically. anything that happens regularly like you said has a cause. Get it taken care of.
  • Havasu

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    Jun 11, 2012 9:51 PM GMT
    I used to get a sore throat twice a year, a regular cold every couple months, and the flu say once a year. I literally haven't had a single incidence of any of these in the last 5 years since I started eating a diet composed of huge amounts of fresh raw vegetables. I also avoid anything with milk in it, minimal sugar and don't eat meat. It sounds like a horrible existence, but there is literally a substitute for everything you normally eat. The human body is not designed to thrive on McDonald's or what you find in your frozen food section. Once you're eating what your body needs to maintain full health, you don't need to pop supplements or do anything else because your body is fully capable of fighting off most diseases on its own. You just can't break your system down with crappy food, then expect it to fight infections. I only wish I would have known what I know now when I was 20.
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    Jun 11, 2012 9:58 PM GMT
    Good and interesting advice throughout this thread. Just to echo one thing: My doc (who has become a friend) almost never gets sick, although he sees sick people all day in his general practice. I asked him how he avoids illness and you guessed the answer...........he said he washes his hands all day long and tries not to touch his face - - - -especially the nose and eyes. Since I've been following his advice, I almost never get sick. I've been one of those guys who contracted bronchitis and/or bad colds every year. Not now!

    The other thing: Eat raw. Fresh vegetables and fruit key.
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    Jun 11, 2012 10:12 PM GMT
    Wash your hands frequently

    Eat plenty of fruit and vegetables

    Avoid junk food and fast food

    Get plenty of exercise


  • Jun 11, 2012 10:46 PM GMT
    you probably have a food sensitivity. how is your digestion? if it is off some u should try giving up gluten. I use to get sinus infections every 3 months and i gave up gluten and never got another one. when u have a food sensitivity your immune system gets messed up. also sense you have been on antibotics every 3 months you should take a strong probiotic that will really help boost your immune system.

    good luck
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    Jun 11, 2012 11:05 PM GMT
    Become a germaphobe icon_razz.gif

    1) Take multivitamin
    2) Make sure you wash your hands/sanitize them often
    (And if you want to be extreme about it.)
    3) Don't touch eyes, mouth, nose unless your hands are washed or santized.
    4) Don't share things such as drinks or food with people.
    5) Don't let people touch your stuff. If they do, santize the item before using or sanitize hands after using.

    Haha those last 3 steps are often used by germaphobes.

    good luck!
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    Jun 11, 2012 11:09 PM GMT
    BeAmazing saidI take a multi-vitamin that has over 2000% of the vitamin C you need in a day and I very rarely get sick.


    And you will pretty much piss away 1900% of that.

    A simple balanced diet and you will have zero need for MV's.
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    Jun 11, 2012 11:27 PM GMT
    Kakadu Plum... Saw it on Dr. Oz and I havent gotten sick in a long time... Even when I feel like something coming on, I drink a cup full of it and kills whatever it is right away...
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    Jul 19, 2012 3:39 PM GMT
    I agree with a lot that has been said on this thread. I used to get about 4-6 sinus infections a year and did the whole antibiotic thing over and over again. Never really got rid of it. A lot of times the sinus infections would also turn into upper respiratory/bronchitis problems. So here's what I started doing...

    -Wash hands constantly....or use hand sanitizer
    -Don't ever touch your face if you can help it
    -At the first feeling of something going on out of the norm with your sinuses, start doing the sinus rinses....like 3-6 times a day
    -I asked Dr. about possible allergy problems so started taking Flonase which helped for a bit but symptoms kept coming back eventually
    -I take a Mucinex D Maximum Strength every day...I asked my Dr. and pharmacist about this and they say it is totally OK
    (Since taking the Mucinex D I have never had a sinus infection and that has been almost 3 years ago now)

    Good luck!