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Natural Flu Fighters

With more people becoming increasingly concerned about the Flu, many are looking for ways to protect their health. Below are some helpful, general (and easy!) tips to overcoming the flu and other viruses.

Plain ol’ Vitamin C – Even though most people know the benefits of Vitamin C, many don’t take it to boost their immune systems when they are concerned about illness—they take it AFTER they get sick. To choose the right Vitamin C for you, talk to your health care provider about which dosage you should take. Drinks like “C Monster” make it easy to get some Vitamin C and stay hydrated at the same time. Which brings us to the next point…

Stay Hydrated and Eat Whole Foods – Again, this seems like common sense, but often the most logical and clear cut health strategies are the ones that are most missed. To help keep your body healthy make sure to drink lots of fluids throughout the day (remember that soda and coffee do not count!) and eat whole foods – including choices that boost health and immunity.  Look for organic choices like garlic (natural immune boost) squash (helps clear toxics), asparagus (cleans the blood) and Elderberries (antiviral properties and flu-fighting flavonoids).

Hyland’s Products— Since 1903, Hyland’s has built a long a solid reputation for producing effective products. They are FDA regulated and the largest domestic manufacturer of homeopathic medicines in North America. Hyland’s Complete Flu Care and new Complete Flu Care for kids feature two-phase action help to minimize flu symptoms at first onset and help relieve nasty symptoms after the flu has set in. We especially like their Cold ‘n Cough 4 kids, which helps to get rid of common cold symptoms, including sneezing, sore throat, and congestion without side effects. www.hylands.com.

Hanna Kroeger’s Vyren and INF Blend – Hanna Kroeger is recognized worldwide as having been an expert in herbs and natural healing. When she passed she left behind a legacy of natural healing tools that people around the world continue to rave about. Made to help fight viruses, Vyren contains a combination of Raspberry Leaves, Basil and Lettuce. INF (Infection) Blend is meant to help combat the flu and other common infections and contains a helpful blend of Lemon Peel, Chamomile, Thyme, Cayenne, Yerba santa, Eucalyptus, Mugwort and Coltsfoot. To learn more, please visit www.hannasherbshop.com.

We are an educational resource, please consult your health care provider for medical advice.

How Do I Use Homeopathic Remedies?

On a recent trip to the Vitamin Cottage off of 15th street near Downtown Denver, one of the Natural Products Network team members witnessed a woman browsing the rows of homeopathic remedies and asking an employee numerous questions. That trip provided the inspiration for this article because although homeopathic remedies have been around much longer than most types of Western medicine, many people have no idea what they are, how they work or how to use them.

Homeopathy was first discovered by Samuel Hahnemann in 1796 when he came up with the principle that “like cures like.” Thus, each homeopathic remedy is made from an extremely diluted substance that has similar qualities to the symptoms it is targeting.  It is thought that when the body encounters the homeopathic, it responds and combats the corresponding symptoms. Although, homeopathy has had its critics, it’s sheer staying power and number of users around the world say a lot about its effectiveness. In fact, homeopathic remedies are used by England’s Royal Family and widely prescribed by Physicians in Europe and Asia.

When choosing a homeopathic remedy it’s a good idea to first check with your health care provider. You may be pleasantly surprised how many Western Physicians are becoming more knowledgeable about homeopathy and can advise you accordingly. Recently, a friend of mine told us about a doctor she discovered at Kaiser who is both a Naturopath and a MD – pretty exciting stuff! If your primary doctor isn’t receptive, consider reaching out to a Naturopath for a recommendation. Whomever you go to, the most important thing is that you don’t feel belittled or patronized for wanting to explore another health option—especially one like homeopathy that has been around for a long time and has many fans around the world.

Regardless of which remedies that you end up choosing there are general rules that apply to all homeopathic remedies. First, never touch them as this can disturb the remedies. Instead, always pour them into the bottle cap first before putting them into your mouth and letting them dissolve under your tongue (If you use a liquid, squirt it directly under your tongue without touching the dropper to your mouth). Next, don’t eat or drink anything for at least 20 minutes before or after you take the homeopathic so that they can be absorbed directly into your system. One of our favorite brands of homeopathic remedies is Hyland’s which offers a number of solutions from their popular Cold n Cough 4 Kids to their legendary Calms Forte formula. Hyland’s also makes an effective natural acne treatment.

Also, when deciding on a healing path with your health care adviser, work on one set of correlating symptoms at a time so you don’t overload yourself with too many remedies.  Even though little to no adverse side effects have been reported, starting with too many homeopathic remedies too fast can be overwhelming. Lastly, if you purchase your remedies from a health food store, ask the cashier not to scan them at checkout. Although some argue that scanning is fine, there is also a belief that it could weaken the energetic quality of the homeopathic—so there’s no point in taking the risk.

Watch Us This Friday on Daybreak and Monday on Colorado's Best on Colorado's Own Channel 2!

If you are located in Colorado, make sure to catch us on Daybreak  this Friday, March 2nd and Monday, March 5th on channel 2. Natural Products Network will appear to talk about some of the coolest natural products on the market today. Also, make sure to join us on Facebook all next week where we will be hosting giveaways featuring the products we talked about on the shows.

Skincando – An awesome natural skincare line with an equally awesome mission! Their multi-tasking, handcrafted Combat-Ready Balm features organic ingredients to help relieve extreme dryness, eczema, minor abrasions, post-shaving burn, chafing, scars, jock itch, bug bites, and sun/wind burn. Through Operation Sand Flea they have given 6,000 care packages to military and have just launched a special program to give proceeds of all Colorado sales to fund care packages specifically for military stationed at Fort Carson, Colorado. Purchase online at  www.skincando.com.

Kettle Cuisine – Looking for a convenient all-natural meal? Look no further than Kettle Cuisine! They  make a variety of natural gluten-free soups, chowders and chilis. The founder’s daughter has Celiac Disease which inspired him to help others who are looking for tasty, gluten-free options. Best of all, their products are made with pure ingredients so you can get a nutritious meal on the go!  Make sure to try the Angus Beef Steak Chili with Beans! Yummy! Look for products in Whole Foods or visit www.kettlecuisine.com to find additional stores by you.

PRiMO Preserves – Known as “the answer to the ordinary preserves” this Colorado-based company makes a line of one-of-a-kind, colorful flavors featuring pesticide-free fruits and  tangy chili peppers. Besides being delicious, each amazing blend is carefully made in small batches to ensure freshness and quality. Also, all preserves are gluten-free, trans fat-free, vegan and vegetarian-friendly and 100% natural. You’ll never look at preserves the same way again (Nor would you want to). Look for products in the specialty cheese section in Whole Foods or purchase at  www.yayprimo.com.

Hyland’s All-Natural Baby Products –  When you think of Hyland’s you think of a name that parent’s trust. Hyland’s line of popular baby products includes their 100 percent natural Diaper Ointment, Teething Tablets, Earache Drops and the NEW Baby Cough Syrup. All products are completely natural and contain no artificial flavors, dyes or parabens. Look for the products at your neighborhood Walgreens. www.hylands.com

Infotone Hydrating Mist – This unique water mister is eco-friendly and helps feed and nourish skin. Each mister features BioT™ technology which allows simple spring water to activate skin’s natural healing ability resulting in clear, youthful, and glowing skin. Infotone Hydrating Mist is also refillable for a full year making it one of the most economical and sustainable skincare products available today.100% natural and hypoallergenic!  No parabens, additives, chemicals, GMOs, fragrances or artificial ingredients. Purchase online at www.infotone.com.

Natural parenting: New homeopathic remedy for your little one's cough

By: Dayna Copeland Schaef

Many moms and dads claim that being a parent is the hardest job in the world, and when their baby has a cough or a cold, this fact is only further magnified. Watching a child suffer through the discomfort of an illness is the last thing a parent wants to do. But, the solution for a little one’s ailments can be complicated, as many parents are apprehensive about treating their offspring with unnecessarily strong medications, and with good reason. Before drastic measures are sought, it is good to know that there are an increasing amount of homeopathic and natural remedies available for the concerned parent, many of which have been tested and received with great success.

Hyland’s is one very well known brand in the natural products world that is expanding their line to incorporate the needs of our sick little ones. Hyland’s has been a long standing manufacturer of homeopathic remedies for ailments such as: insomnia, menstrual cramps, indigestion, flu and cough/colds. The company has long prided itself on offering products that work in synch with the body’s natural forces. Instead of introducing harsh and jarring chemicals and medications to an already compromised immune system, their homeopathic alternatives offer gentle relief for the individual who is feeling under the weather.

While Hyland’s has been making homeopathic products for over a century, the company has recently released  their first ever homeopathic cough syrup for babies called Hyland’s Baby Cough Syrup. The natural ingredients work together to soothe a range of coughs and and their unfortunate symptoms. The syrup treats a tickling cough, a gagging cough, a dry cough, a hoarse cough and more.

The syrup does not contain any aspirin, acetaminophen, ibuprofen, naproxen, pseudoephedrine or dextromethorpahn and is safe for use in infants 6 months and older.

In addition to offering your sick baby Hyland’s Baby cough syrup, many parents have found that placing a humidifier on it’s lowest setting in the room where your baby sleeps can help relieve a dry, hoarse or tickling cough, as well.

Being a parent is undoubtedly hard, but rewarding work, and making the best choices for your baby is a lot easier when you utilize the homeopathic and natural remedies that are available, today. Your sweet little ones can get back to cooing and giggling quicker, and you can feel confident that you are nurturing their healthy growing bodies.

Nobel Prize-winning scientist endorses homeopathic remedies

For years there has been on ongoing discussion in the medical community about homeopathy. Now, a prominent Nobel Prize-winning scientist has made a profound discovery that is rocking the medical and scientific communities. The scientist, Professor Luc Montagnier, has completed research that shows the scientific basis for homeopathy.

Professor Montagnier’s finding is important because it shows that water has a memory that continues after many dilutions—which is a driving principle of homeopathy. This may be hard for non-scientists to understand, but this finding is vital because it provides the scientific root for this hundred-year-old healing tool. With his new research, doctors and scientists can better understand how homeopathic remedies work.

Homeopathy was first discovered by Samuel Hahnemann in 1796 when he came up with the principle that “like cures like.” Thus, each homeopathic remedy is made from an extremely diluted substance that has similar qualities to the symptoms it is targeting. It is believed that when the body encounters the homeopathic, it responds and combats the corresponding symptoms to help the person feel better. Homeopathic remedies are used by England’s Royal Family and widely prescribed as a safe and natural healing tool by physicians in Europe and Asia. While homeopathy is more popular in Europe, it is also gaining a committed following in the United States and counts celebrities such as Cindy Crawford, Cher and David Beckham as fans.

Choosing a Homeopathic Remedy
Although homeopathic remedies have been around a long time, many people are not familiar with how to use them. You may be pleasantly surprised how many Western physicians are knowledgeable about homeopathy and can advise you accordingly. Some Western physicians within large networks, like Kaiser for instance, are both Naturopaths and MDs—just ask an advisor in your network to point you in the right direction. If your primary doctor isn’t knowledgeable, consider reaching out to a Naturopath or Homeopath for a recommendation.

A great resource for those who want to learn more about homeopathy is the Hyland Homeopathy Web site. Established in 1903, Hyland’s is FDA regulated and the largest domestic manufacturer of homeopathic medicines in North America. Some of their most popular products include Cold ’n Cough, Leg Cramps and Calms Forte. You can find Hyland’s products at many popular retailers like Whole Foods, Walgreens, Target and CVS.

Although homeopathic remedies vary, general guidelines for use include placing the remedies directly from the bottle into your mouth and taking them at least 20 minutes before or after meals. Check with your physician for any additional guidelines.