My Personal Acute Care Protocols

Episode 95

What do you do when things do not go according to plan? Do you have a plan for these situations? We break down what we do when inflammation, injuries, infection, stomach upset, and more strike the Harris household. Are you ready to boost your Health EQ and IQ regarding holistic acute care?

Nimbus Healthcare

Lake Hills Pharmacy

CBD Health Collection

Yoga Nidra

HigerDose PEMF/Infrared

Episode Transcript


What do you do when things don’t go according to plan? Do you have a plan when things aren’t on the plan? That’s what we’re going to talk about. Today we’re going to talk about how I approach holistically issues that crop up whether that’s inflammation or insomnia stomach upset. What I do when I’m drinking travel. These are my acute or stress protocols. This is what works for me. We’re gonna dive into why I do that and how I do that in this episode of The strive for great health podcast. Are you ready to boost your health, EQ and IQ? Cue the music?


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full of antioxidants, olive oil is stable at high heat, because of all the antioxidants that it has. One of them is called oleocanthal, which is a really strong antioxidant. In fact, there’s a study that shows that it works similarly to ibuprofen as a pain reliever. This study also found that about 3.4 tablespoons or 50 ML was similar to about 1/10 of the adult dosage of ibuprofen. Another study showed that oleic acid, the main fatty acid in olive oil can reduce inflammation, it’s shown to lower a marker of inflammation we call CRP. We’ve talked about CRP on the podcast before, if you want to know more about inflammation, we have a whole podcast on that. And it also down regulates inflammatory pathways on our white blood cells. We have a whole podcast on that the immune system podcast how to balance your immune system. So you can check that out. I would listen to those podcasts before you listen to this one. So stop, listen to those and you’ll come back with a lot more perspective on this one. What I’ll do with olive oil is I’ll take one shot glass twice a day to help lower my inflammation give me some good fatty acids. Some good antioxidants help with any oxidative stress. We talked about oxidative stress in our metabolism podcast. But that’s basically when you’re metabolizing making proteins and breaking down food and all the things that our body does to survive. You generate these things called reactive oxygen species, which can damage proteins and damaged DNA and oxidized fats, which leads to plaque and all that bad stuff. Well, what antioxidants do is they balance it so when you make these things they can be scavenged basically the antioxidants prevent them from binding to the DNA, or the protein or whatever. That’s one of the two things I do here. Shot of olive oil twice a day. Another is a supplement. It’s called balanced immune I’ll take two capsules daily and balanced immune has a lot of really great product in it that help regulate inflammation. It contains black, ginger, black ginger, his main role in here is to activate SRT one. We’ve talked about SRT one before and the longevity podcast. This is one of the main targets when we’re talking about longevity. And in this particular regard, what it does is it helps with insulin secretion and glucose regulation, because when you have inflammation we talked about this in the insulin resistance podcast. inflammation can cause insulin resistance than insulin resistance causes worse inflammation. It’s like a feed forward mechanism of your inflamed you want to make sure that you are insulin sensitive. It also contains sulforaphane sulforaphane is found in broccoli and other cruciferous veggies and resveratrol, these activate NRF two, we talked about NRF two in the inflammation podcast. This is basically our genetic master switch that controls a bunch of different anti inflammatory genes, like glutathione, like superoxide dismutase. These are things that help with antioxidant function that help with free radicals that help with detoxification. So that’s very important. So if your pain is incredible, incredible. For inflammation, you’ll find that often and a lot of products that work for reducing inflammation, vitamin D, vitamin D controls over 200 different genes, it helps regulate the immune system. It helps with metabolism, helps with thyroid function. We have a whole podcast on vitamin D because it’s so important. But this is one of the things that I will use when I have more inflammation and then curcumin and it uses a specific type of curcumin from Mareeba. It is actually a 20% increase in the bioavailability of curcumin. The thing about Curcumin is it’s really poorly absorbed, good products will use specific types of liposomal. To increase the absorption is a potent anti inflammatory. It works similar to ibuprofen, or Aleve, because it inhibits Cox to Cox two is an enzyme that turns arachidonic acid, which is a type of fatty acid into leukotrienes. And prostaglandins. These are things that are messenger systems, they have hormone like functions, they’re not really hormones, but they’re important for things like regulating the immune system. What happens is by inhibiting Cox two, you get a decrease in these pro inflammatory mediators. And it also contains quercetin, which is a very strong antioxidant. We’ve talked about course and then in the podcast before,


if I have a specific injury, like let’s say I pull my back, which happens. I have a scoliosis, I have sciatica. I’ve herniated disk. I’ll use the massage gun and we have a hypervolt in the house. And this increases blood flow which is very important. Blood flow is the name of the game. Nothing happens without blood flow. That brings nutrients in it helps remove toxins and debris. It also increases lymphatic drainage. We’ve talked about the lymphatic system, the other system in the body that helps move things we think about ours we think about veins we don’t often think about our lymphatic system, and the lymphatic system only works when we move


but this helps release lactic acid from sore muscles. It helps bring out some of those metabolic byproducts that we generate. The massage again also improves


flexibility that releases tension in the muscles and it can lower pain and that’s why I have it especially because I tend to pull my back very easily. CBD have a whole podcast on CBD CBD health collection shout out one of the sponsors of this podcast. I’ll take 10 to 25 milligrams two to three times a day to help lower inflammation and if I have a localized area, then I’ll use the topical warming self that has CBD, and it has capsaicin Capsaicin is another anti inflammatory. It works on something called substance P, which is a neurotransmitter that our body uses especially for pain signaling, Capsaicin is found to be anti inflammatory and also to be a pain reliever sodium bicarbonate. We’ve talked about sodium bicarbonate and regulating gut function here on the podcast before I believe that was a dysbiosis episode. But sodium bicarbonate seems to decrease inflammation signaling by telling macrophages which are type of immune cell and intestinal macrophages in the spleen as well, that everything is okay. They kind of like stand down is the stand down signal, what I’ll do is an eighth of a teaspoon of sodium bicarbonate in the morning, and then eighth of a teaspoon in the evening to help regulate inflammation. Bone broth, how many times have we mentioned bone broth on strive for great health podcast is is like literally one of my favorite things. I love bone broth, the bone broth is so healthy for you. It’s great for your gut. We’ll talk about that more in a minute. But bone broth is also good for inflammation and injuries. It’s high in proline and glycine, which are two important amino acids for collagen formation. Collagen is the scaffolding for a lot of our body, our joints, our tissues, and I’ll have one bowl twice a day I make homemade bone broth we’ve talked about before that if you’re going to buy bone broth, Ancient Nutrition is a good brand. Also kept on fire is a good brand. Glycine in the bone broth can help regulate the immune system. It’s also a neurotransmitter as well. And there is something called a glucose amino glycan or gag jiejie called heparin sulfate. And this can modulate B cell function and T cell function. Bone broth can be wonderfully anti inflammatory. These are the protocols that I’ll use when I have inflammation ramp up in my body. And as I said before, this is kind of an as needed. These are things that I’ll do necessarily regularly will the CBD in the bone broth I do but I’ll kind of change the frequency. And I’ll be a little bit more intentional about how I’m using it and why I’m using it. Next is insomnia. We talked about in the sleep science podcast that I’ve had insomnia since I was a little kid talked about how sleep hygiene saved my life. But every now and then I have trouble sleeping. I’m an entrepreneur, Where’s all my entrepreneurs that it never stops like literally, your brain is going all the time. One of the things I’ll do is chamomile tea with CBD, chamomile actually helps activate GABA. GABA is the major neuromodulator that’s kind of our breaks our brain, it’s kind of our rest, it’s kind of our stop signal in the brain. And chamomile and lavender have been shown to potentially eight GABA. And what I’ll do here actually is CBD health collection makes a water soluble CBD called ISO edge. And this has actually been researched to be highly bioavailable in this form. Most CBD that you find in teas and coffees and stuff like that is not bioavailable, you don’t absorb much of it at all. But this you actually do and that’s been clinically researched. We have a white paper showing that what I’ll do if I have trouble sleeping or if I really want to get a good night’s sleep. I’ll do a little trick with CBD. I’ll use two different dosage forms. What do I mean by that? Most CBD you see you place it under your tongue. If you’ve ever wondered why you do that, we call this sublingual absorption in the pharmacy space. You have a blood vessel group that’s right there you can actually absorb medications and supplements and things like that directly underneath your tongue if they’re in the right vehicle liquid or trophies, they’re both things that dissolve into the tongue. Sometimes you’ll see like dissolvable b 12, and other vitamins and supplements like that as well. And that’s because you actually get great absorption directly into the bloodstream from underneath your tongue. Now you can’t put everything there because not everything is designed to be released in that fashion, but CBD can’t. And so what happens is this is kind of like a fast acting CBD because it hits your bloodstream. By doing that I hold it on my tongue for 60 seconds, and then swallow what’s left. And then what I’ll do is I’ll take the ISO age put it in the camera meal or lavender tea, or hibiscus tea. And then that way, I’ll absorb it through the gut which is a slower version because it’s got to travel through the gut, and then it’s got to get absorbed from the gut to reach my bloodstream. What this does is it acts like a immediate release CBD


In a slow release CBD, because CBD typically will stay in the body for on the long end six hours, depending on your genetics and how you metabolize things. So by about hour four or five for me, I can feel the CBD wearing off. And that’s typically when I wake up. But if I do it this way, I have a fast acting to help me fall asleep and I have a slow acting to help me stay asleep. It works very well. And so I’ll use like 25 milligrams initially, and then another 20 milligrams on the back end, you’ve got to play with the dosing, there is no set dosing when it comes to CBD for these types of things. We’ve talked about that before, just start low and go slow. Another thing and I learned a lot about this from the human lab podcast shout out to Huberman really tried to get sunlight in the morning. And you want this between 7am and on the late and 10am in your timezone. And what that does is it helps set your circadian clock, that 24 hour clock as far as light and dark cycles. And we talked about that a little bit on the sleep science podcast. But you have specific cells in your eyes or the bottom of your eyes. That sense overhead light. And when they sent a certain amount of light. It’s like boom, okay, clock start, it’s like hitting the start on a stopwatch. And that will help you fall asleep. You also want to cool your body down at night, I’ll take a cooler shower, not a cold shower, I just hate cold showers. I’m trying to incorporate it, I really just need to go to cryo or get a cold tub in our house because I just cannot do cold showers. But you want to cool your body at night. That’s a signal to help you fall asleep. Your circadian clock is controlled by cells in your brain. But the signal to your body is temperature of your too hot at night, that’s going to tell you that clock that it’s earlier. If you cool yourself down, that’s saying okay, this is time to get ready for bed. Another thing that I’ll do and this is for all the people out there who can’t shut their brains off is mindfulness. There’s a particular type of mindfulness called non sleep deep rest. And this is very effective at calming you down. My brain is like a computer, it’s always going. It’s always thinking about things. But one of the benefits of mindfulness and why I’m so high on mindfulness is because it really helped me be able to shut my brain off when I need to. There’s times when things are really busy, and things are going on that I have trouble doing that. And so doing a non sleep deep rest protocol, human loves yoga nidra, there’s a YouTube playlist that he has. And I’ll drop that in the show notes that it can very effectively help your body rest. And then not only your mind, but also your nervous system, right, because our fight or flight nervous system controls a lot of what happens when we have a stress response. So it actually your mind shuts down. And then the nervous system related to fight or flight also calms down, but can be very effective. One of the things I’ll do if I haven’t been getting enough sleep is I’ll eat lower carbs the next day, I’m already pretty low carb. But insulin resistance runs pretty heavily in my family. What’s one of the things that I think about all the time, there’s data showing that even one night of bad sleep can lower your insulin sensitivity the next day, what I’ll do is I’ll be aware of that, and I’ll change my eating patterns. I’ll also try to be more mindful about when I eat and how I eat and what I eat. In that scenario. When I haven’t gotten as much sleep. I’ll try to eat a little bit earlier in the day. Because for me, I have a hard time falling asleep if I eat too late. Also, the data shows that you tend to eat more calories when you’re sleep deprived due to the effects of cortisol,


about 400 more calories or so a day. So again, I’ll be really aware of my portion sizes. And also ask myself if I get a craving for something. Am I really hungry? Or is it just me trying to get a dopamine hit to make myself feel better. And then I’ll also use my aura ring to monitor my recovery data. Maybe I won’t fast as much because that’s a good stressor. Maybe I won’t go as hard in the gym. These are types of things that I’ll do maybe I’ll do a little bit more mindfulness, more breathing exercises that day in order to rebalance myself and get myself back on track. stomach upset. We’ve talked about before that I had irritable bowel, I still do it doesn’t go away, right? It’s just well controlled. I don’t have any symptoms right now. unless I do something I’m not supposed to do. But my stomach starts acting up. I have a protocol for that as well. The sodium bicarbonate I’ll do that. Sodium bicarbonate is one of the things that we talked about in the acid reflux episode. It does help because it calms down the inflammation in the gut, it’s not so much decreasing the pH effect that helps with acid reflux, it’s more of that everything’s okay signal to the inflammatory cells in the gut, CBD. CBD has an anti inflammatory effect while swallow 10 to 25 milligrams of CBD and that helps. There’s a product called intestinal and I don’t have that in my a store. You can order it from Lake Hills pharmacy and I’ll take this up to three times a day. This is something you don’t want to use if you have acid reflux because it can give you come burps and it can kind of worse an acid reflux, but it has


A couple really cool ingredients in it number one is fine. And you can also use these ingredients in a tea. They sell tea with die minute. And or you can make your own you can just get some thyme leaves, brew some hot water and put it in there and this will help your belly fine helps keep Canada levels in check that’s a type of fungus overgrowth of this is bad, you don’t want to completely extinguish it because it does help with some of our neuromodulation in the brain. It’s part of our normal flora. You don’t want to completely just obliterate this, but you don’t want it overgrown. And it helps by reducing aggressive types of this specific of a fungal species that helps in preventing biofilms. Biofilms are like little protein shields that bacteria and certain funguses make to keep them isolated from the immune system. It also has general antibacterial effects, antioxidant effects, and it might help with spasm in the gut, you know, our colon kind of squeezes to move food along. And so sometimes you can feel like those cramps or spasms when your guts upset and that can help and thyme can help with that. And clove. There’s something called your genome. Your genome is an antioxidant. It also inhibits Candida growth, like fireball from time reduces biofilms, it disrupts metabolism of many pathogenic types of bacteria, not affecting the good bacteria but impacting the types of bacteria that can cause us problems. That’s what pathogenic essentially means. It has a high antioxidant effect. In fact, there’s a scale called the or a C scale, basically oxygen, radical absorbance capacity. This is dealing with those free radicals I talked about. It’s the ability of a molecule. How well does it scavenge Does it remove these free radicals and it has one of the highest abilities on this ORAC scale of any essential oil. It also has anti histamine effects to modulate immune cells. We know that when you have allergic reactions, what happens you get funky gut feelings, right? Get rumbling feels stomach feels upset, maybe nauseous maybe vomiting. That’s all due to histamine. It has antimicrobial effects. In animal models, it helps protect against ulcers and increases mucus secretion. We talked about in the acid reflux podcast that one of the problems with acid reflux is that you generally have less mucus and one of the things that we want to do is increase the mucous lining in the stomach. That’ll help protect the stomach. It also will help beneficial bacteria anchor to it. There’s our bacterial species that are mucolytic basically they eat the mucus or survive. Now having some of these as normal, you don’t want an overabundance of these. And then oregano oil. There is a substance in oregano oil called carvacrol. It’s an antioxidant, it’s been shown to help promote a healthy microbiome. You can use a product like intestinal or you can just get a tea make this yourself. I also like a little ginger little Tumeric tea for this for the anti inflammatory effects for the adaptogen effects of ginger to help deal with stress because as we’ve talked about before, stress is very, very toxic for our gut bone broth. Again, one of my favorite holistic tools and bone broth, it reduces inflammation in the gut, it’s a good source of glutamine. Glutamine is very beneficial for gut cell health. It’s a good source of many vitamins and minerals. That contains gelatin, which improves gut integrity. If you’ve heard of leaky gut, you basically have these things called tight junctions between yourselves. And their whole purpose is to not allow things indiscriminately to pass between your gut and into the cellular area to get in the bloodstream. Well, if you have leaky gut, those junctions are disrupted and things can kind of free flow and that can lead to inflammation and all host of other issues. This improves that gut integrity. It also improves digestive strength, it can enhance stomach acid secretion, glycine is very important for this can either increase or decrease depending on whether you have too much stomach acid or too little, and then also it can help with the stomach mucus that we talked about earlier. Gelatin also helps absorb water keeps things flowing through the colon. It helps keep tight junctions and mucosal integrity in place. And then glycine is also important for making bile acids. We talked about bile acids in the cholesterol podcast. This is very important for absorption of fats in normal lipid levels. If you have disrupted bile acid synthesis, you’re going to have abnormal lipid levels. It’s very important for regulating our overall lipid levels. This is why you can see people who have their gallbladders out have problems with fat soluble vitamins and problems with lipids. And oftentimes we’ll have them take a synthetic bile acid to help normalize functioning there. Okay, when I travel, I will take a product called Daily immune we’re going to talk about that more in a minute for infection, but that’s to help prevent getting sick. When we travel. That can be a very stressful event and there’s some good things about travel travels very good for


Neural plasticity, because it’s literally dropping into an area that you really haven’t been in before or that you’re not in regularly. And then you have to change your whole routine. You got to figure out where to go, where to eat, who I’m supposed to meet with, how am I going to get there? Is this area safe? Where do I go? There’s a lot of things that your brain has to do travel is really good for neuroplasticity, and our overall health. But because of that stressor, you’re also more likely to get sick, you’re not sleeping as much you may be not eating the same foods you’re eating. And so daily immune helps with that. And we’ll talk about that more in the infection section of this podcast. And that also have a travel PMF and infrared mat from higher dose. I’ll use that for about 20 minutes a day when I travel just to help maintain normal functioning alcohol. Yes, I do drink. I have a protocol for when I drink. One of them is B vitamins. B vitamins are very important for multiple aspects of metabolism. But vitamin B six is especially important there’s an enzyme called alcohol dehydrogenase. Alcohol is a toxin. It’s a fun toxin when used responsibly, but it’s still a toxin. It causes oxidative stress. It can damage organs. It’s associated with all kinds of diseases and overconsumption, but our body has processes to detoxify alcohol. One of them is called alcohol dehydrogenase and this is a enzyme that takes the alcohol converts it into something called acid aldehyde. And then there is aldehyde dehydrogenase which converts it into acetate and that acetate gets secreted. This requires cofactors like we talked about in the metabolism podcast, our enzymes require certain things to help them do their job. One of these is vitamin B six very important for alcohol dehydrogenase if you wanted to talk to my alcohol, get some B vitamins. Also vitamin d3. Niacin is very important in this. Alcohol also inhibits the absorption of thymine, b one and B 12, which are important for metabolism, especially if carbohydrates. This is why when you drink one of the reasons why you drink you get a craving for carbohydrates because that metabolism has stopped in your body, so your body’s gonna tell you to eat more. The other reason is because alcohol tends to lower your blood sugar’s a little bit so you get a craving for things that are going to raise those blood sugars. But you can handle this appropriately by supplementing appropriately. And one of those is these B vitamins. They could be complex before I go out and drink sometimes I’ll take one after good news about the B complexes, it’s really hard to get too much of it because they’re water soluble. Another thing I’ll do is NAC and acetyl cysteine, or glutathione. We’ve talked about both of these on the podcast before they’re antioxidants, NAC is a precursor to making glutathione glutathione is the body’s major antioxidant and detoxifier. What I’ll do is I’ll take 600 milligrams of NAC before I start drinking and then like 600 or 1200 After I get home. And that’s just to help get rid of the acetate and the acid aldehyde what will happen is glutathione will actually bind to acid aldehyde and that will help it get removed from the system. So it offloads that enzyme system. So you’re removing an intermediate there and not having to wait till it goes to acetate to get removed. Another thing that’ll happen is I’ll take a scoop of replay electrolytes we talked about replay in our hydration health podcast. Excellent, excellent electrolyte substance use it every single day, take a scoop after our workout. But I’ll take a scoop of replay before going to bed to help myself rehydrate because of the dehydrating effects of alcohol. Alcohol inhibits something called ADH antidiuretic hormone which basically is what it is, it helps your body keep water. This is why you pee a lot when you drink. And I’m very sensitive to that I try to rehydrate with electrolytes in that situation to help me retain water. And one of the things I’ll do is now especially that I’m almost 40 When I drink I’ll have a drink and then drink water. I’ll try to alternate the two. So I’m really bad about drinking water when I drink. So that’s something that I’ve been working on stress. What do I do if I feel stressed Number one is I increase alpha male intake. Alpha male is supplement that we talked about before in our men’s health podcast. It is a wonderful supplement for helping balance hormones we have a male and female version. The key showstopper in this product is ashwagandha. I love ashwagandha. We’ve talked about ashwagandha pretty much every time we’ve talked about stress, it is an adaptogen adaptogens are a class of molecules like ashwagandha, holy basil, ginger, ginseng, these are all have adaptogenic function. And what adaptogens do is they help the body physiologically deal with stress. Ashwagandha especially has been shown to help lower cortisol levels if you have increased cortisol. That’s very important. That’s what got it you have to be careful if you have some thyroid issues because it can increase your thyroid hormones. But what I’ll do is normally I take about 500 a day in our house


For male, I’ll go up to about 1000 a day, when I’m stressed for a couple days, all of these protocols are acute care, most of them I don’t do any longer than seven days. I’ll go back to my normal protocol that I talked about in the day in my life podcast episode, CBD, I’ll do 10 to 25 milligrams three times a day, I’ll increase my mindfulness and breathing exercises as well to help deal with the neurological the nervous system aspect of stress. Mindfulness and breathing exercises have been shown to help the body physiologically deal with stress, I’ll go easier in the gym, because again, that’s a beneficial stressor. So I don’t want to overload my system. I’ll look at my aura ring, I’ll check my heart rate variability. We talked about heart rate variability on the how do you know your healthy podcast. And if it’s too low, then I know it’s time to go easy. Another thing that I’ll do is increase my magnesium intake, I typically take 100 to 200 milligrams of magnesium a day, magnesium glycinate. I like the glycinate. I like the amino acid key lights, they’re better absorbed.


Magnesium is depleted like crazy during times of stress, because many of our body’s stress response, like to mitigate stress, need magnesium. And so I’ll increase the 400, maybe even up to 800 milligrams of magnesium daily for a few days. Now if you have cheap magnesium, this could give you the runs. That’s why I use magnesium glycinate. And this is something I’ll only do for a couple days, maybe two days, three days at the top end from going through a really stressful time. What do I do if I start feeling sick?


Immediately, I take 50,000 international units of vitamin D times one, and then I go back to my 5000 Vitamin D daily. There have been lots of studies on vitamin D and respiratory disorders. Lots of studies on vitamin D and COVID. We talked about this in the vitamin D podcast. zinc. Zinc is very important for our immune system. Zinc can inhibit viral replication, it helps regulate inflammation. It’s important for T cell and NK cell and neutrophil function of those sound like spatial gibberish to you check out the immune system balanced podcast I talk about these different immune cells.


So I’ll take 50 to 100 milligrams times one and then I go back to my normal 10 to 20 milligrams daily. I’ll also use a product called D hissed, I’ll increase that to twice a day or three times a day. We’ll talk about devious more for allergies here in a second. Bone broth. Superstar of this acute care podcast is bone broth that’s the gold star right? Glutamine is readily used by immune cells to fight infection, they use it for energy, they love it. Glutamine is the most abundant amino acid in the blood. Bone broth can help you fight off infection plus you just feel good when you get some good broth, right? Just like mama used to make you when you’re sick. There is importance to that psychological conditioning that you felt better when you did it before. So you’re going to feel better if you do it again, the daily immune. We talked about this when I travel. Now we’re going to go more in depth about this for infection. I think two capsules daily. You want to be careful if you have thyroid or autoimmune disease. You don’t want to use immuno stimulatory products if you have an immuno stimulatory disease like autoimmune disease that can worsen your autoimmune disease. So you want to be very careful using immunostimulatory supplements in this regard. And I’ll mention which one in this product are immunostimulatory here. Vitamin C. Vitamin C is very important for infection. It’s important for interferons interferons are mediators of the immune system. And for scavenging free radicals we talked about in the immune system balanced podcast. Our immune system utilizes these free radicals to destroy invaders, but there’s a gas and there’s a brakes and you need both for your immune system to function correctly. The brakes helped by scavenging the free radicals so you don’t damage your own host tissue. Vitamin D. Many immune cells have receptors for vitamin D, which controls our gene expression and talked about zinc earlier. Quercetin quercetin is an antioxidant it’s a zinc ion for meaning it helps pull zinc in the cells. It also has antiviral properties and helps modulate the immune system. product also contains elderberry one of everybody’s favorites. It can inhibit replication of mini viruses. It also has a middle modulatory effects. Lemon balm is a product that is in there. It contains terpenes. We’ve talked about terpenes with CBD, flavonoids, polyphenols, these are all beneficial molecules. They shown to have antibacterial and antifungal properties. It has immuno stimulating effects. That’s one of the ones you have to be careful about with autoimmune disease. There’s also a product in there called arabinogalactan. And this is a product that has immuno stimulatory effects. It increases interferons, TNF alpha aisle one and six these are all mediators from our immune system. It stimulates natural killer cells with


Are as cool as they sound, and it has activity similar to echo Naisha echo nation is another one I tell people don’t take regularly because of the immunostimulatory effects. Aloe vera, aloe vera can also be taken for gut health. It’s an antioxidant. It has anti inflammatory effects. It is an immuno stimulatory effect as well


as my talking mushroom, what’s in there’s a beta glucan, which is a water soluble glycoprotein. It has anti inflammatory effects. People will take beta glucan for wound healing. It has anti viral effects, it’s also immunostimulatory and immunomodulatory. It can increase natural killer cells, they can increase their cytotoxicity basically how well they kill other cells, they can increase those interleukins those chemical messengers, there’s another thing in here called Astra Galus it this is a product that you’ll see in a lot of immune system. It has opponents and flavonoids which are chemicals or molecules we’ve talked about before, there are trace minerals. It has anti inflammatory effects, probably through inhibiting NfkB. We talked about NfkB the master switch for inflammation, it has antioxidant effects, it increases superoxide dismutase anti viral effects, but also activates B cells macrophages, T cells, the potential effects of interferon increases antibodies, specifically IGA and IgG, and nasal secretion. So antibody defense stimulates a lymphocyte production which is a specific type of immune cell and increases natural killer cell activity. Again, go back and listen to the immune system balanced podcast as we talk about all these things. And then also it has another adaptogen in it called eleutherococcus. This is an adaptogen and it’s been shown to increase resistance to emotional physical, chemical trauma, fatigue, weakness, anxiety, adaptogens have been shown to improve mental and physical performance and reduce the harmful effects of stress. One of the cool things about this one is it made normalized nitric oxide signaling we talked about nitric oxide and nitric oxide is a powerful regulator of the immune system, and cortisol secretion. It also has anti inflammatory effects through Cox inhibition. It’s an antioxidant. And it’s shown some anti viral effects and specific type of RNA viruses like Rhino virus, cause of the common cold RSV, which popped off last year, we saw a lot of RSV and influenza and then it has mixed immunomodulatory effects mixed I mean, it can stimulate certain parts of the immune system and inhibit other parts. Again, this is an acute product. This is not something to take all the time. You don’t want your immune system stimulated all the time. That’s bad news. And we talked about why the immune system balanced podcast but spoiler it leads to autoimmunity or can lead to autoimmunity. The other thing I’ll do is I’ll take NAC or liposomal glutathione. Now 600 to 1200 milligrams of NAC I take about 375 with the liposomal glutathione maybe once or twice a day.


Immune cells need glutathione to pump the brakes. This is very important, your immune system. And one of the reasons why we’ve seen so much problems with COVID is that it causes the immune system to go too far. And most people don’t have the antioxidant status, to be able to pump the brakes. Glutathione is very important for pumping the brakes. It comes in after the cells have done their job. They fought off the invaders, and it helps rescue normal cells and it’s a signal to tell the immune system to stand down your immune system. It can be really effective for killing things to effective and cause damage to the body. And we’re seeing this at an all time rate right now. One in five people now have autoimmune disease. That’s dysregulated immune system. It’s to effective immune system. It’s an indiscriminate immune system, you need gas and you need brakes for the immune system just like your car allergies. I just read a study the other day showing that because of changes in global weather patterns and climate, that allergy season is going to start earlier and be longer and I’ve seen this clinically. I’ve seen more people present with allergy symptoms even later in life. They’re freaking out. They’re thinking we’re getting sick all the time. It’s actually allergies. What do I do for my allergies, I used to be a twice a day Zyrtec twice a day Flonase type guy and then I went to a more holistic approach. Now I take d hissed and this is not something I have in my estore you can go to Lake Hills pharmacy. The link again will be in the show notes. But if I want to just start acting up I’ll take two capsules three times a day for no more than about five days. And then I go back to my regular maintenance of two capsules a day. And this has vitamin C vitamin C is something we can’t make we have to intake usually from fruits right. Vitamin C helps support the immune system as an antioxidant and stress also depletes vitamin C quercetin questions main source and most people’s diets is from onions and tea. It’s anti inflammatory, it can decrease some inflammatory mediators and those people who have inflammatory conditions it can stabilize mast cells and mast cells are a specific type of immune cell which released


histamine. Histamine is the main bioactive compound for allergies. There’s also other ones like Brady keinen. But a histamine response is what the allergy medications target. It also has stinging nettle. Stinging nettle helps balance immune system response in the airways and nasal passages. It prevents those mast cells from releasing all the histamine and breaking in and prostaglandins. And so by doing that, it reduces prostaglandin formation and histamine release, the product also has Bronwyn Bronwyn is a plant enzymes abundant and pineapple. This is an enzyme that can break down protein complex. This is one of the reasons why people eat pineapple kind of after your meal, you might feel like you digest better. I do that sometimes when I have a tummy upset, I’ll eat some pineapple feel better. It breaks down circulating protein allergy complex, what happens is your body sees this thing that is allergic to it makes antibodies and complement and other things that bind to it. And now you have this protein allergy complex floating around in the body and the immune system reacts to that. By breaking that down, you get less reaction to the allergen. That’s what bromelain helps do. And it also enhances the absorption of quercetin, which is always a good thing. neck as well is in the product. It’s an antioxidant we’ve talked about as effects on glutathione. But one of the things that naqt does, and this is why it’s used as a prescription medication, as it helps reduce mucus viscosity. When you feel like you have a sinus infection, you’re sick or your allergies are acting up. You feel like you have this really thick mucus most effective things you can do for that are nasal sprays. We’ll talk about that in a minute. Neck and drink plenty of water, it’ll thin out the mucus. And finally, x layer. I love ex ex L EA R I’m not affiliated with them. I wish I was because I love this product. It has saline that helps rinse and moisturize nasal passages. Saline also the chloride in Saline helps reduce mucus secretion. I’m not going to go into the mechanism pine that’s a little technical, but just know that the chloride and sodium chloride and saline helps reduce mucus production. It also has Xylitol yes the sugar xylitol, the plant sugar Xylitol. Xylitol helps by bringing moisture to the nasal passageway. It’s also helps keep bacterial counts in check. Xylitol helps prevent attachment of bacteria to epithelial surfaces, basically the skin surface inside your nose. One small study showed that it helped people recover their smell faster after COVID. And another study found it to be more effective than saline for sinus issues. I’ll use that product, normally twice a day. And then if I have allergy problems, I’ll use it maybe every four to six hours for a couple days. This has been our stress protocol episode. It’s been a lot longer than I thought. But man, we went through a lot of stuff today, I want to give a shout out to our friend Jill who was on the podcast talking about carnivore because this conversation I had with her was the reason I did this protocol because we were talking about some of our stress protocols. And I wanted to come in here and let you guys know what I do when things don’t go according to plan but that’s okay because I have a plan for when things don’t go according to plan. Alright guys, I promised you the HPA access dysfunction podcast for a while that’s coming next month. I promise you it’s coming next month. Our next podcast episode though will be a conversation about how you get your time back and time management. Don’t miss that. That’ll be out next week. Alright guys, this has been Dr. Richard Harris with the strive for great health podcast as usual. Have a very blessed day. Thank you for listening to strive for great health podcast with your host Dr. Richard Harris. It’s our mission and goal at the podcast to impact as many lives as possible to empower individuals to take control of their health and live a life full of joy and purpose. You may help us achieve this mission by leaving a five star rating and review on your preferred podcast platform. And by sharing this podcast with anyone you think it may help. You can also support the podcast by making a donation to your favorite charity. If you do so and send us an email. We’ll give you a shout out on the podcast. Because here’s the strive for great health podcasts. We’re all about charitable giving and making the world a better place. Thank you for listening and God bless

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