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For the last 2 winters I've been constantly ill from October to March with one chest infection after another. I'm determined it's not going to happen this year and I want to start taking echinacea as a supplement from September. Is this likely to have any effect on the diet? Have my meeting tomorrow so will bring it up then but thought I'd see if anyone here has any ideas beforehand.
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It is made from a flower - and flower products are not allowed as they can take you out of ketosis, and I would imagine an oil like that will be pretty concentrated.....but ask your LLC . :(

ALso - I don;t know if you saw this but recently they came out saying it really has little to no effect on your immune system? I used to use it a lot. But it was not all that effective. ANd its not cheap....so just beware. :)

Also, you will probably find yourself healthier on this diet then you have been in a long time. I have been around loads of sick colleagus, and family members - traveled abroad - and <knock wood> have not been ill since starting LL. Immune system seems boosted! I am so prone to colds - if I read about one I will catch it!! lol - so - you may be pleasasntly surprised. :)
God, I hope so - my last 2 winters have been so miserable. My kids are starting a new school in September, which I'll have to drive them to, so I need to make sure I keep well. My neighbour would take them to school for me before if I was ill but that won't be an option now. Will mention it to my counsellor anyway.


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I have also been cold and flu free for the last 6 months, not that I used to suffer from them much anyway. Until this week of course but then I am on only two packs a day now.
I used to get at least 5 bad colds a year and I have been around people with colds a lot recently and not caught them so I agree!

Chest infections etc

My reason for starting LL was because of colds, sore throats, bronchitis,chest infections and pneumonia on and off oconstantly last year. It was my annus horribilis!!
I had every anti-biotic, scan, echinacea, vitamin C etc. Eventually my GP said "Have you considered it might have something to do with your weight?"
I was furious, indignant - in denial!!
When I climbed down from the wall and thought about it, it seemed it could be.
I started LL in Feb this year. I've lost 8.5stone. I have been so well I can't believe it - not a sniffle and no supplements at all. it seems like a miracle.
GOOD LUCK to you.:bliss:


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I too have had lots of health issues!! Infection upon infection but after losing nearly 11 and a half stone, I also am healthy than I have been in years. I haven't had in infection for 3 months now (longest gap in about 12 years!!!) so losing the weight really does have a huge effect :) Hope you have a good winter this year SFA


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I recommend tongue scraping !!!

Seriously - I used to have several colds a year and toncillitus (however you spell it) every year too - since starting scraping 3 years ago I guess I have had 2 or 3 colds and no toncillitus at all!

My current scraper came from ebay for just a couple of quid plus postage and they eben sell them in Tesco now (though plastic ones are not as good as my copper scraper!)
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I found that brushing did that and that is why I bought a scraper - it is really just a u shaped piece of metal that you pull across your tongue - I get no gagging at all from that so I recommend you try it!

Brushing is not as good as in my experience, it makes you feel sick, it doesn't do a very good job, and it can hurt your tongue.