When a cold isn't a cold - and how to treat it quickly

Volume 5    |    Issue 101

Have you ever noticed that some colds just don't respond to anything? You take vitamin C, Echinacea, garlic, and whatever else you can think of, but you still have the cold. The reason for this might surprise you.

Everybody thinks that the common cold is caused by a virus. But what if it isn't? What if the symptoms we call the common cold are actually an allergic reaction? And what if the cause of that allergic reaction is a mineral deficiency?

Believe it or not, there are times when that is exactly what's happening.

You see, many of the symptoms we call a "cold" come from an allergy. That's why there are times when it's so hard to determine whether you have a cold or allergies. You really have allergies. But the source of the allergy is probably something you've never considered.

Many people don't realize that the source of their allergies is a sodium or potassium deficiency. When you're deficient in one of these minerals, your body can respond in a variety of ways. One of those ways is to develop allergies. For instance, a potassium deficiency can cause an allergy to corn or milk. When you have a sodium deficiency, you can become allergic to almost anything.

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Sodium and potassium also help regulate your body fluids. This includes mucus and the secretion of enzymes needed to digest foods. So when you're deficient in these minerals, your body doesn't digest certain foods well, and these foods can cause allergic reactions. A deficiency can cause a lot of other problems as well, so I'll have more on these minerals in future issues of Nutrient Insider.

When I'm talking about sodium, I'm not talking about table salt. That's highly processed sodium chloride, which isn't easily absorbed. I'm talking about plain old organic sodium, which you can get from celery (celery juice is a great source of sodium), okra, dulse, olives, and spinach. You also can use powdered rock salt, kosher salt, or sea salt, all of which are easily absorbed.

Good sources of potassium are bananas, dulse, apricots, dates, potato peels, tomatoes, and oranges. You also can take a potassium supplement.

By the way, many people find that vitamin C will help relieve cold symptoms. Vitamin C is vital for sodium and potassium absorption. So it's possible this is why it helps so many people — and not its antioxidant attributes. You can buy a powdered vitamin C supplement with a sodium ascorbate base from Source Naturals on Amazon. If your symptoms are due to a sodium deficiency, this can stop the symptoms very quickly.

Your insider for better health,


Lepore, Donald, ND. The Ultimate Healing System, Woodland Publishing, 1985.

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