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Green Girl Survives with Emergen-C

Green Girl Survives with Emergen-C

Let me start out by saying that I have been ridiculously tired lately; final essays have been keeping me up until all hours. This afternoon I actually napped, something that I rarely am able to do (I have a difficult time falling asleep even at night and naps are usually completely impossible for me).

As I sat down to write this, I felt a little tickling in my throat, and immediately thought, Oh, great. On top of all this work Im getting sick. So I poured some water from my water filter and ripped open a pack of Emergen-C, my go-to fix-all when I feel a sickness coming on.

Now, sicknesses spread very quickly in a dorm; between my roommate and my three close friends, we tend to get a collective illness that spreads amongst us. As a singer, I have learned many ways to halt sickness/make it better. I have my remedies, my neti pot, my teas and honey, my cough drops, and, of course, my Emergen-C, which I have introduced to my friends this year.

Whenever any of us feels even a slight bit of sickness coming on, we pull out the Emergen-C and pour some for all of us. Why is this so productive? Well, Emergen-C gives you 1000 mg of vitamin C, five B vitamins (for energy), and 32 minerals and electrolytes in one glass of water.

Vitamin C, as a dietary supplement, has been proven to improve the immune system. Not only is vitamin C an effective way to help fight off a cold; it has also been demonstrated to reduce the risk of such chronic illnesses as stroke, cancer, cataracts, and lead toxicity. As an example, women with a family history of breast cancer who consumed 205 mg of vitamin C per day were found to have a 63 percent lower risk of contracting this disease than those who consumed 70 mg per day.

Point being, vitamin C is clearly a key in boosting the immune system, and that is clearly what Emergen-C does. I can certainly say that I have had a lot fewer colds/flues since I started taking a pack whenever I felt one coming on. Plus, they come in lots of flavors—my personal favorite is tropical.

Note to self: Always keep a supply of Emergen-C.

Lily Berthold-Bond grew up in a chemical-free zone and has struggled her whole life to understand and accept this non-commercial lifestyle. Now a freshman at Tufts University, she has embraced her green life and hopes to share its possibilities with the rest of her generation.

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Lily Berthold-Bond

Lily Berthold-Bond grew up in a chemical-free zone and has struggled her whole life to understand and accept this non-commercial lifestyle. Now a freshman at Tufts University, she has embraced her green life and hopes to share its possibilities with the rest of her generation.

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5:28AM PDT on Jun 15, 2009

thanks...
Kabin
Konteyner

5:17AM PDT on May 8, 2008

I love Emergen-C. I use it as well when I start feeling a cold or whatever coming on. It is cheaper than going to the doctor and works wonders for jet lag too!

3:28PM PDT on May 7, 2008

Emergen-C also contains ALA (alpha lipoic acid) which is a mercury chelator and should not be consumed by people who have ANY mercury amalgam dental fillings.

3:21PM PDT on May 7, 2008

Green girl I love your articles but when it comes to emergen-c I must disagree. It has an artificial sweetner in it acesulfame K and its worse than aspartame for you. Heres a link check it out
http://www.holisticmed.com/acek/
I use to use this myself for me and my kids but not after checking in to it further. I know your concerned about your health so I know you check it out **smile** jt in tx

12:41PM PDT on May 7, 2008

Green Girl ...

You may want to also try esperitox ... a natural herb for colds, coughs, etc... it is great. Gave it to my children while they were growing up, and I use it... works like a charm as a healer and as a preventitive ! Love your experiences !
Judi in NC

3:40AM PDT on May 5, 2008

Emergen-C works wonders. When I get sick, I get SICK, and emergen-c is one of the few remedies that actually work. Love the column too:)

4:49PM PDT on May 2, 2008

I love this coulmn

11:19AM PDT on May 1, 2008

Hi green girl! Love your column! brings back memories of those college days! My Bikram yoga studio introduced me to the onders of Emergen-C! However it was on the expensive side until I discovered that my local Wal-mart carried this product at a significantly less expensive price. My mum in the US faithfully sends me my supply b/c I live in the UK now! beth (an american girl in the UK now)

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