Back in May 2017 I listened to a great interview on Zestology with Dr Andrew Saul (listen here) . His advice was as soon as you get any symptoms then high dose with vitamin C on the hour every hour. He’s discusses how very high doses of Vitamin C works as an antiviral, as an antibiotic, anti toxin, anti histamine, anti depressant and an antipyretic (fever reducer). He discussed that Dr Robert Cathcart had also promoted not only high dose vitamin c but ‘bowel tolerance’ dosing. Oral doses of Vitamin C are given to the point where you feel better and you reach ‘saturation’ or loose stool. A person in good health will reach this point sooner such as 5000mg compared to a sick person who would tolerate a much higher dose. He even used this method with his own daughter when she had a very severe cough. He gave her 4000mg every half hour until she had reached saturation point and pretty much her cough stopped the same time she needed to go to the toilet which was a couple of hours later. So she must have had 16,000 mg.
This January I got the chance to test out the theory to see if high dose vitamin c will stop a virus in its tracks.
I woke up one Thursday morning with a sore throat and ear ache. Thinking I would shake it off I happily went to work. But during the day it progressed further and by the afternoon I was aching all over and starting to shiver. It had been a long time since I had come down with a winter virus, I actually was feeling pretty good with myself as lots of my friends & family had come down with it over the Christmas period and I thought I had dodged that bullet. As fate would have it – earlier that week we received in our latest products from Purathrive which included a Liposomal Vitamin C. Whats great about Purathrive’s products are they are liposomal which makes the vitamin c more bio available. The vitamin c is encapsulated into nano-sized micelles which are further enveloped in liposomes. This shields the vitamin c in the stomach and gut.
Fate, coincidence or not I thought brilliant, will get the chance to try out High Dose Vitamin C. At 4.00 pm I took 4 tablespoons which equated to 4000 mg and I took a further 4000 mg an hour later. I had parents evening that night and couldn’t go to bed which is what I really wanted to do. By the time I got to the school I was actually feeling a little better. I took a further 5000 mg when I got home.
The next morning my aches had gone and no more shivers. I still had a sore throat and earache. So Friday I took more Vitamin C. This time I took 2000 mg every hour and ended up taking 16000 mg. Saturday I took 8000 mg and by Sunday I was feeling so much better. No sore throat or ear ache.
I never did reach Saturation point so I think next time I will be braver and take a higher dose on the first day. This will certainly be one of my tactics now for any cough or sniffles.
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One sunny Saturday morning in August 2016 Sky news came to visit…
I guess I don’t fit the typical profile of a ‘smart drugs’ user. Mum of two boys, living in rural Scotland. Maybe that’s what attracted them to come and interview me about my nootropics use? But then again I like not being typical. “Do you have a place you keep all your nootropics Sadie, that we could film?”. Hah now that I can provide.
I’m a little obsessed with optimising my brain. In fact I’m interested in optimising my whole self. For the last 4 years I’ve been on an incredible journey of discovery. What started out with how to be more productive at work has taken me down the rabbit hole of Neuroscience, Mediation, Sleep science, Nutrients, Super foods, productivity, diet, exercise, High Fat, Supplements and of course Nootropics.
Here I am on Sky New’s Swipe Tech programme showing my ‘supplements’ cupboard and chatting a little about why I take them.
So Days 3, 4 & 5 of my back to basic diet have been slightly different. I reduced the time of my fast and had lunch around 1.00pm. Here’s what those 3 days have looked like
6.00am – Glass of water with added salt
6.10-6.40 Infrared sauna with mindfulness session
8.00am Bulletproof Coffee – Upgraded low toxin coffee beans, grass-fed butter, brain octane oil & 2 tablespoons of Upgraded Collagen protein
Morning – Water with Dr Flanagan’s Crystal Energy
11.00pm – Black Bulletproof coffee (single shot)
1.00pm – Small homemade burger with green salad/avocado salad with hot smoked salmon, olives & capers
Afternoon – Sparkling water, herbal tea
7.30pm – Salmon, pureed cauliflower with butter and avocado pieces, baked kale in brain octane oil, baked Brussel sprouts/ grass fed beef steak, sprouting broccoli, black kale. Day 5 slight change as at a BBQ and not much choice – had 1 burger and 1 pc of chicken along with 2 charcoal tablets (not sure of quality of meat)
My energy was a little low on day 3 so I supplemented with Unfair Advantage. Apart from that, my cravings have reduced and my appetite has also reduced. I’ve lost around 5lbs
Day 6, 7 & 8
Day 6 was a Saturday I followed the same routine as Days 3-5. BP coffee in the morning and no lunch. Dinner was leg of lamb with veg.
Day 7 – Sunday. BP coffee in the morning. Lunch at 2.00pm Salmon with green salad enjoyed outside in the garden with Sparkling water. The difference today was I did a 17mile road bike ride followed by 25mins infrared sauna and a clay face mask by Alitura. This is one of my absolute favourite clay masks. My skin just feels silky smooth afterwards. For dinner we had roast chicken with veg and gravy made from home made stock. I had a bit of a dicky tummy so took some further charcoal, I think it was the BBQ 2 days earlier.
Day 8 Monday (Bank Holiday 30/05/16)
My weight this morning was 6lbs lighter than same time last Monday. A good start. More importantly my energy levels were steady. My sleep tracker reported a good sleep the night before. I started the day with a Bulletproof Coffee with an added scoop of Upgraded Collagen. Then walked the dog for 50 mins in the woods. I then switched things up a bit and had a 2 egg omelette with a side of bacon. Then did a 12 mile mountain bike ride 6 miles up hill to Loch Ordie and then a bone shaking 6 miles back. Dinner was Chicken curry made with left over roast chicken, spices, spinach, home made chicken stock, Coconut milk. For my kids I added some white rice. As a little treat I had 1 small square of raw chocolate.
This last week I really wanted to make sure I focused on all the basic areas. Diet – I’ve kept this simple, eating good quality ingredients, no processed food, healthy fats and lots of water & I avoided all alcohol during the last 8 days. Light – I’ve made sure I’ve stuck to using the infrared sauna and got out of my office and into nature. Exercise – I kept this light to start with and then introduced some walking and cycling finishing off with some good cardio on my mountain bike riding up some good inclines. Spirit – My goal here was to reduce my stress levels. The mindfulness practice really centres me and gives some great insight. Cutting out toxins and exercise helps my body process the stress better as well. Fasting – although I really only had 2 days of 24 hour fasting it really helped to kickstart my body into Ketosis. Along with letting my cells switch on some repair work. The other 6 days the fast was reduced to around 16 hours. I’m 6lbs lighter, feeling a lot more chilled, energy levels are high and super motivated to continue for the next 7 days
To your health