Natural products for cold and flu

It’s that time of year when people are sniffling and sneezing and wondering what they can do to protect themselves from catching something. If you are looking for a natural product to help get you through cold and flu season, you’ll find a variety of great options. Check out some of our favorites and tune in Monday to Daybreak to catch us talking about them!*

DEFEND Cold & Flu
DEFEND may help you when you need it. This natural homeopathic medicine is formulated for severe cold and flu symptoms, including congestion, runny nose, fever, chills and body ache.

Perhaps one of the most common natural tools for  flu support, Elderberries contain potent amounts of antioxidants, vitamin A, C, B-6, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin and folate to help to power the body. Theses amazing berries are known to help give the immune system a needed boost when the flu hits and can be found in a variety of products including tinctures, teas and supplements. In fact, Elderberries have been the subject of multiple flu studies as noted in WebMD.

WishGarden makes some great teas and tinctures specifically for the immune system and cold and flu. Immune Boost Tea contains a potent mix of Echinacea Leaf, Ginger Root 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. Finally, their best selling Kick-Ass Immune combines a powerful team of immune, respiratory, and lymphatic herbal heroes to support your body’s natural resistance.

ZAND is the best of American and European herbal medicine combined with the wisdom of traditional Chinese medicine to provide you with balanced formulas. ZAND has applied today’s science and manufacturing technology to develop safe products using natural botanical ingredients to maintain mental and physical health. When it comes to cold and flu, their ZAND products support upper respiratory healthy and soothe the throat.

*This is intended as information only. Please check with your doctor before adding any new supplement to your daily routine.

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.

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.

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.

Make sure to consult your doctor before starting any supplement.