Do You Know Anyone Who Has Gotten Sick Right Before Their Wedding? Maybe It Was You.
Recently, after attending my brother’s wedding, something became abundantly clear to me. So many people deal with wedding stress in the weeks and days before their wedding to ensure their big day is perfect, often unintentionally neglecting the one thing that matters most– their health. This leaves them especially susceptible to getting sick right before the big day– the exact opposite of what they dreamed of.
We know that the adrenal glands (your body’s stress organs) soak up Vitamin C like a sponge under acute or chronic stressful conditions. In order for these important glands to make cortisol and regulate your body’s stress response, they need ample amounts of Vitamin C and other essential minerals like magnesium, iodine, selenium and zinc, circulating in the body. In fact, the adrenal glands, along with the pituitary gland and lens of the eyes, use the most Vitamin C of all other organs in the body. Thus, it’s no wonder that when we’re stressed out (like with wedding stress), burning the candle at both ends, we deplete the resources for the immune system and tend to get sick more easily and more often.
Avoiding wedding stress while planning your big day is a tall order. With a million moving parts and tiny details to attend to, you’re bound to spend some late nights preparing for your big day and feeling a little stretched thin. So be proactive and plan to support your body through the busy time. Your best bet is to start supplementing orally at least about a month before your wedding and to book a couple of immune boosting IV infusions in the weeks leading up to your special day. Supporting your body up to three weeks out with weekly Super Immune IV’s at The Remedy Room or an IV Therapy clinic near you will go a long way.
*Important Note: Not all IV Clinics are the same! If you’re not in the New Orleans area, make sure you look for a reputable clinic with medical professionals on-site including Physicians (and/or Physician Assistants or Nurse Practitioners) and Registered Nurses. Ask the clinic about the quality of their ingredients and the doses used in their IVs, and of course, check out reviews before booking an appointment! Remember that while IV therapy is gaining in popularity, it is still a medical procedure presenting some risk, and should be taken seriously and performed with extreme oversight and safety precautions by people who are appropriately experienced and trained.
The last thing you want is to end up feeling sick as the big weekend or day approaches. Imagine standing across from your soon-to-be spouse at the altar, holding in the sniffles and trying to ignore a pounding head cold. We wouldn’t wish this on anybody! So take some easy and important steps to make sure this isn’t your reality.
So often, couples catch onto the importance of nurturing their immune system when it’s already too late, chasing tails with oral supplements that, when started after you’re already sick, simply can’t achieve the same super-boosting power that IV therapy can. To ensure you’re feeling clear-headed, energetic, and free from any illness on your big day, follow the steps below.
The Perfect Schedule Leading Up To Your Wedding Day
We recommend always supporting your immune system with these simple steps (link to get sick blog post) year round, but if you’re just getting started before your wedding, here’s what to do:
Starting four to six weeks before the wedding, begin loading oral supplements every day.
- Vitamin C 3,000-4,000 mg high quality Vitamin C daily (powder or liposomal delivery is best) (link ours)
- Vitamin D3 with K2, 5,000 daily or 10,000 IU every other day (*Please Note! Vitamin D is fat soluble and excess Vitamin D levels beyond 100+ ng/mL in healthy adults may cause harm in certain individuals. If supplementing, levels should be monitored every 3-6 months to ensure the maintenance of a safe and healthy range.)
- Minerals – 10-20 drops in a glass of water daily
- Magnesium malate, glycinate and threonate – 200-300 mg nightly (best in powder form dissolved in water before bed)
Continue this oral regimen daily up until your wedding day (and beyond if you want to make the most of the honeymoon and then your life beyond!)
Starting two or three weeks out from the wedding, schedule one to three IV treatments with megadoses of Vitamin C, immune boosting trace minerals, B Vitamins and glutathione.
This will help ensure that if you do get exposed to anything right before the big day, your body is equipped and prepared to fight it off– and as a bonus: the glutathione will help clean out the liver and make your skin appear clear and hydrated. (Yes, glutathione helps with acne!) Schedule your last IV as close to the wedding day as possible. Pro-tip: If there are others in your wedding party or attending who you can’t afford to miss due to last-minute illness, do them a favor and bring them with you for their own pre-wedding infusion.
During the few weeks before your wedding, find a way to calm your nervous system down to help regulate anxiety and support your immune system.
Try going for a daily walk in nature, using a meditation app like Headspace or Insight Timer or taking epsom salt baths at night before bed. Prioritizing self-care and slowing down, even if just for a few minutes every day will be vital in not just preparing your body to feel amazing for your celebration, but also for ensuring you’re in an emotional and mental state to soak up and enjoy every moment. If you’ve ever talked to a couple after their wedding, you know the first thing they’ll tell you about is how fast the whole thing went by.
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Don’t be that person who plans every single thing except how to stay well before your wedding. We promise you won’t regret spending a little extra time and money on taking care of yourself and your soon-to-be spouse so you can be healthy and present for the day to remember.
People Also Ask
Nervousness and stress in the days leading up to a wedding is completely normal and even expected. When you are getting close to a significant day in your life, it is completely normal to feel anxious. On top of that, you’ve probably been working tirelessly to nail down all the final details to ensure your wedding day is a success. Sometimes weddings can even bring on family stress, as you may try to please all parties involved. It does not mean that you are second guessing your decision if you admit how you are feeling and try to manage those feelings.
Admitting and accepting how you’re feeling is step one. Step two is ensuring you’re taking care of yourself, emotionally and physically.
Our advice? Start with the basics: get enough sleep, eat nourishing foods, get daily movement and sunlight, and spend time with loved ones who lift you up. Load your supplements according to the instructions above, and lastly, we recommend taking some days off from wedding planning once in a while so that you don’t burn out before the big day comes around!
Weddings are important and beautiful events that mark a major moment in people’s lives, but with that, they can carry a lot of stress. It’s important to remember that you don’t have to let the stress take over this amazing experience. There are many things you can do to stay calm and joyous throughout the planning process as well as the bid day.
One of the biggest reasons weddings can be so stressful is because people set unreasonable expectations for themselves and their partners. It’s easy to feel like your wedding day should be perfect, but it’s not realistic—and setting yourself up with unreasonable expectations will just make you more stressed out. Allow imperfection and take some of the pressure off yourself and your partner.
Here is another reminder to take time to go on a walk, take a hot bath, meditate, spend time with friends who support you, eat well and get enough sleep in the weeks and days leading up to your big day. On top of that, supplement wisely with the instructions above.
Yes, it’s normal to feel overwhelmed by the wedding process. In fact, it’s actually very common. It’s easy to get caught up in all of the details and lose sight of what really matters—your love!
Practice extra self care to stay grounded. Take a deep breath and remind yourself that you’re not alone in this. You are surrounded by your partner, your friends and your family who are all excited to celebrate and support you and your love. Don’t worry about having every detail perfect. Focus on enjoying the process and making sure that every step along the way is as easy and fun for you as possible. When in doubt, slow down.
The best way to stop stressing about your wedding is to pause, allow yourself time and space to feel whatever it is you’re feeling, give yourself permission to feel that way without judgment, and then evaluate what’s stressing you out, and if there are actions you can take to alleviate the stress about those topics. Once you feel calm and re-centered, you can take action from a place of steadiness and clarity.
One thing to keep in mind as well is that weddings are stressful by nature. Your wedding day is probably going to be one of the most important days of your life, so of course there will be some amount of stress involved. Allow that to be okay and don’t judge yourself for feeling a little stressed!
There are so many things you can do to help yourself manage your stress levels when planning for a wedding. Here are some ideas:
- Take a break from planning every once in a while. Take a relaxing bath, go out with friends or family, go for a walk outside—whatever helps you relax and let go of any stress you’re feeling about your wedding plans.
- Make sure to get enough sleep every night so that you don’t feel exhausted from lack of sleep when trying to plan everything for your big day.
- Try setting aside time each day for just yourself: whether that’s taking a walk around the block or going for a jog or even just curling up with Netflix or Hulu for an hour or two before bedtime.
- Load your supplements following the instructions above to give your body all the tools it needs to perform optimally as you navigate this busy and stressful time.