I’ve come to think of my parents’ house as a place where ambitions go to die.
A sort of black hole, nestled imposingly in Southwestern Ontario, it blots out any attempt at a willful act.
Maybe it’s the plush leather couches, with cushions that contour your body like shallow bay waters receiving an ocean liner for its maiden voyage. Or the exceedingly supportive recliner that catches you quickly, but releases you slowly. Maybe it’s the big-screen TV. Or Mom’s home cooking – the main ingredient of which is love.
Whatever the reason, I find it hard to get anything done (other than hardcore relaxing) when I’m home for the holidays.
All that’s to say you’re lucky to hear from me today.
Especially since the tip’s a timely one.
And here it is…
To beat the best of what cold season has to offer, try glutamine.
Glutamine’s an amino acid (the most abundant in the human body, and easily tapped in times of stress, like e.g. a good workout). Bodybuilders eat it by the spoonful to improve recovery and as a natural GH booster.
Hospitals include it in IV drips for burn victims.
It’s beloved by naturalists for its ability to heal the gut (and it’s vegan-approved, for the more militant among them).
As an added benefit, it’s a potent immune system enhancer.
Things like Vitamin C and Echinacea are commonly recommended for colds. I also like oregano oil (a great anti-viral). But I’ve found glutamine does the job better than anything else. I take five grams per day (at bedtime) for all the above reasons, and if I feel a tickle in my throat (which is rare) I move up to fifteen grams.
I’ll either not get sick at all, or if I do, it’s short-lived and the symptoms are mild.
And I have a four-year-old.
My home breeds more bugs than a virology lab.
Anyway, there you have it: an immunity booster that also builds muscle and burns fat.
I’d say my work here is done.
The recliner is calling.