Can I catch bronchitis? Here's what you need to know to protect yourself.
Technically, no you cannot catch bronchitis. Bronchitis is inflammation of the lining of the bronchial tubes. The inflammation (when it turns red like the skin around a cut) causes the bronchioles (tubes that the air passes through) to spasm. A spasm to your bronchial tubes is like a cramp to your leg, the difference being you will cough instead of having pain as with a cramp.
Although you cannot catch bronchitis, you can catch the virus, bacteria or trigger from someone else that could cause the bronchitis.
The best defense from bronchitis is a strong immune system. The easiest way to keep your immune system strong is to eat at least 50% and as much as 80% of your meal as raw foods. By raw, we mean fruits and veggies, not sushi.
Additionally, cutting back on red meat and eating white meat or even fish may help.
Certain foods have immune boosting properties that can further help.
The water cures protocol will also help in two ways.
One, it will help your body become more alkaline. Bacteria and viruses do not do well in an alkaline environment. Inflammation also is decreased by alkalinity.
Two, the water cures protocol also provides our cells with the needed water and the essential minerals we need to live. The healthier we are, the stronger our immune system will be.
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Some people swear by supplements. We disagree. Unless you are in advanced stages of illness or you refuse to eat healthy, the foods will do the job for you.
The exceptions are...
Zinc Lozenges: These provide the necessary zinc in a form that it can be readily absorbed into the blood from our mucous membranes. They also coat our throat which will slow down or even kill the bacteria and viruses.
You should not take them if you have or will be eating citrus fruits for 2 hours before or after. Likewise, they should not be used if you have just drank or plan on drinking coffee or tea for a few hours.
NAC or N-Acetylcysteine: is a powerful immunity booster. To help it work better, do not eat a high protein diet for a few hours before and up to a few hours after taking it. If you are exposed to someone who coughs a lot, studies have found it will help prevent you from being a sharer in other peoples bronchitis.
If you are taking it, also consider taking 2 to 3 Brazil nuts the same day. Likewise, vitamin D 3 will help it work even better.
It need not be taken more than once of twice a day. First thing in the AM and at noon at the latest. Some have found it gives them increased energy, which is not good if you want to sleep at night so avoid taking it after noon.
Vitamin D3: is especially good if you lack sun light. One study found that even young people on the beach often could be deprived of vitamin D. So, seasonal supplements may be necessary. Note: If you take vitamin D3, some experts suggest that we also need K2 (MK7). This helps the calcium to go where it can be used and not in the soft tissues. It is recommended to get blood work to maintain your vitamin D levels optimum, especially if you are supplementing.
How Much? This is a hard question to answer. If you are considering just vitamin D3, it can cause problems when taking too much. When taking D3 and K2 MK7 together, it is possible to take 10K or ten thousands milligrams and as much as 60,000 mg a day according to some doctors. It is possible to purchase the D3 in 10,000 doses. The reason for taking this dose, treating massive infection or inflammation. But caution should be used. This is not for long term use. Your body may deplete other nutrients like B's. There is limited research on this topic.
One such high dose vitamin D3 K2 MK7 product also adds digestive enzymes to help with absorption. There are other things you need to consider when supplementing with vitamin D3 and K2 MK7...
Warning: Vitamin D Needs to Be Married!
Taking vitamin D without its essential partners could result in a depletion of the other nutrients. This is more likely with supplements than when getting vitamins from foods.
Most important of the marriages is vitamins D and A. They are a team that require each other. They need to be supplemented together in order to prevent a functional deficiency of either vitamin. Too much vitamin D will result in a deficiency of Vitamin A, even when your dietary levels are adequate. And the opposite is true too.
Then there is the best man, vitamin K. Specifically, of the two types of K (K 1 from green leafey veggies and K2 from animals), we need vitamin K2.
Vitamin K2 has several subtypes. In particular, science has looked at K2 MK4 and K2 MK7. We will consider K2 MK7. This is essential to help the vitamin D benefit go where it needs to, away from the soft tissues and into the bones. Doing so, it protects us from kidney damage that can result from excess D. K2 MK7 may work through the same receptor that vitamin D3 and A work through.
Finally the brides made, vitamin E also may play a part in the marriage of vitamins A and D. This is because fat-soluble vitamins (like K and D) seem to be best absorbed when pared with a fatty meal such as found in fish oil. What we take these vitamins with is as important as the vitamins themselves. • Thus, safe and balanced doses of A, D, K and E in an oil base, is likeliest to lead to optimal health. Magnesium
1) Some (1 in 300) may have a negative reaction to taking high doses of vitamin D3. This is often muscle pain and may be due to not taking in enough magnesium.
2) Magnesium is a co-factor of D3 (synergistically increasing the benefit by 30%).
3) While normal levels of D3 are debated (20 ng to 30 ng), It has been found that those with D3 levels greater than 100 ng who do not supplement with magnesium have a 2.5X risk of having A-fib.
4) This may be due to calcification from a deficiency of K2 which helps keep the calcium where it needs to be.
1) Omega-3 elevates active vitamin D levels. This is of special interest to those with decreased liver or kidney function.
2) Depending on bio-availability, 1 gram seems to be enough.Boron
1) This nutrient increases the D and Mg by 20%.
2) It is cheap, no, very cheap.
3) Men need more, women need less. More than daily need is not of benefit. Some suggest only taking for 5 days and allowing it to wash out for two before starting again.Zinc
1) Dr B recommended food grade zinc. While it may not increase the D blood levels, it may help with the tissue D levels.
2) It is necessary for the creation of Vitamin D receptors and the utilization of Omega-3.
3) Those with a number of autoimmune diseases, infections, colds, and other conditions may have low levels of this mineral.
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So, is bronchitis contagious? Can I catch bronchitis? And if so, how long is bronchitis contagious? With the exception of viral bronchitis, you will most likely not have a problem so long as you maintain a healthy immune system.