With the return of fall weather, many are looking for natural ways to protect their health. Below are some helpful, general (and easy!) tips to helping to naturally boost your immune system for the colder months. Check it out and make sure to check us out on Everyday this Thursday to see us talk about 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. You’ll find both homeopathic remedies for kids and adults specifically to help with common immune issues. Some of our favorites include Hyland’s DEFEND Cold & Cough which is a must-have-on-your-shelf kind of medicine. It’s comprehensive, meaning that it really provides comfort and relief for a broad range of cold symptoms including nasal congestion, cough, sore throat and sneezing. You’ll also find Hyland’s 4 Kids Cold ‘n Cough that is geared specifically for kids ages 2 to 12. We also like Oscillococcinum to help to fight flu-like symptoms.
In addition to homeopathics, there are a variety of herbal remedies that also help to support immunity. 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. In addition, WishGarden makes some great teas specifically for the immune system. Immune Boost Tea contains a potent mix of Echinacea Leaf, Ginger Root, Elderberries and more to improve resistance and promote faster recovery. Their Cold ‘n Flu Tea contains specific herbs like Hibiscus and Yarrow for colds, fever and body aches.
When we think of bacteria, we often think of the bad bacteria that can make us sick. However, there is actually good bacteria that can help us feel our very best. According to the Harvard Medical School Family Health Guide, a growing body of scientific evidence suggests that you can treat and even prevent some illnesses with foods and supplements containing certain kinds of live bacteria known as probiotics. Benefits include curbing pathogens (harmful microorganisms), helping aid digestion and increasing immune function. Some of our favorite probiotics are the easiest to take such as Inner-Eco Dairy-Free Probiotic Kefir, GoodBelly BigShot50 Probiotic Drink and GoLive Probiotic and Prebiotic Supplements.