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o-rah, oo-rah, oo-rah and Semper Fidelis from Semper Fitness. School has started back up and the temperature is about to start dropping. The kids are going to be interacting with other kids and they're going to be picking up germs from everywhere. For that reason, this week we're going to take a look at some natural vitamins and herbs that fight and kill germs, bacteria and viruses. The information that we're going to share comes from Dr. Robert Atkins' Alternative Medicine Journal. Dr. Atkins is an authority on natural ways to cure almost any illness. Here are his three best fighters in the virus killing arsenal.

VITAMIN A. Most people use vitamin C when they get a cold. At the Atkins Center, they found that Vitamin A works better. Dr. Atkins recommend a megadose of 50,000 IU per day at the first hint of a cold. Once symptoms have subsided, cut back to a normal daily dosage of 10,000 IU.

OLIVE LEAF. For over a century, herbalists have gotten remarkable results with this extract. We've found that Olive leaf contains a chemical called oleuropein, which has been shown to kill all sorts of bacteria and viruses. In addition to that, it increase your body's supply of phagocytes, the "pac man" cells that gobble up viruses and other nasty intruders. I recommend starting with 500 mgs of olive leaf extract per day, then gradually work up to 2,000 mg over the course of 6 or 7 days.

GLYCEROL MONOLAURATE. Dr. Atkins considers this his secret weapon. It is a fatty acid derivative that is naturally found in breast milk. It works by destroying the fatty coatings that allow viruses to latch onto your healthy cells. Without those coatings, the viruses quickly die. Lab tests show that glycerol monolaurate kills influenza (the flu), herpes and a dozen other viruses. Glycerol monolaurate is available in pill form under the trade name Monolaurin. For treating cold and flu, I recommend 1,800 - 3,600 mg for four or five days. Afterward, taper the dosage down to 600 - 1,200 mg daily.

Well motivators, that's the scoop on the big virus fighters. Get prepared for the fall and winter. Don't let a pesky bug get you down. See you next week right here at Semper Fitness. Stay pumped, stay motivated and OO-RAH!

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