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Natural immune boosters

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!

Homeopathic Remedies
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.

Herbal Remedies
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.

Probiotics
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.

 

 

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.

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