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When it comes to boosting your immune system, two things have been shown to have powerful benefits – sex, and vitamin C!

I recall the last time the government told us to stay at home back in 1973 when, to save vital electricity, we were told to stay at home for two days per week to conserve energy. It was great fun for a ten-year-old, although I believe I still had to go to school. We had regular power cuts and so I learned what a pre-electricity world was like from my grandma. I can still recall her glee when we sat around with candles – this was the world of her childhood, and it seemed romantic at the time.

Arguably, Covid-19 is a worse crisis, and is causing a great deal of stress and pain around the world. However, amongst all of the hardship, it is very important to do everything we can to keep cheerful and, dare I say it, enjoy the situation as much as possible. While we are advised to avoid hugging and kissing in public, in the privacy of our homes (provided we are well) we can hug our loved ones as much as we, and they, would like – and there are massive health benefits to doing so.

According to the NHS website weekly sex might help fend off illness:

“There’s a link between how often you have sex and how strong your immune system is, researchers say. A study in Pennsylvania found students who had sex once or twice a week had higher levels of an important illness-fighting substance in their bodies. Immunoglobulin A (IgA) was 30% higher in those who had sex once or twice a week than in those who had no sex at all. The lowest levels were in people who had sex more than twice a week. But don’t devise a sex calendar just yet. More research is needed before it can be proved that weekly sex helps your immune system.”

Perhaps we will see a birth spike follow the coronavirus crisis, as it did the three-day week of 1973? This is not the only way to look after your immune system, though.

I want to highlight an intriguing fact, that is not mentioned as widely as it should be, about vitamin C. A New York doctor on the front line treating coronavirus patients has started to include vitamin C in his treatment protocol after he noticed that patients suffering sepsis had massively decreased levels in their blood.

This is from a summary of Dr Weber’s treatment of COVID-19 in New York:

“Dr.Weber commented on the Chinese experimental treatment and said: ‘The patients who received vitamin C did significantly better than those who did not get vitamin C’, and then added ‘it helps a tremendous amount, but it is not highlighted because it is not a sexy drug.'”

Dr. Weber used intravenous vitamin C, but most people can tolerate large doses of vitamin C orally. A good preventative dose is 9 grams, spaced out over the day. This is unlikely to give you diarrhoea, but it is possible. If it does, then start with a lower dose and build it up slowly over the course of a week or so. I suggest stocking up on Sodium Ascorbate or Ascorbic Acid in powder form – these work out as a very good value form of vitamin C (I prefer non GMO).

I recently wrote a blog post in which I explain how to prepare a liposomal version of vitamin C which has been shown to work as well as the intravenous method (optimal absorption). The trick is a mix of vodka (a very small amount) and lecithin – and putting the blender in the fridge 12 times! Here is the link.

If you do not feel able to make it yourself, I make it and can deliver in Brighton – it is £25 for a jar of 70 x 1 gram doses. I am also very happy to talk you through how to make it yourself.

So the moral of all this is: to stay healthy you need just the right amount of sex and vitamin C.