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 I’m 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.