Immune Support for Cold and Flu Season

It’s cold and flu season and if you haven’t already had a cold, you probably know someone who has.

The trick is to catch it early – as soon as you start to feel symptoms.  There are lots of OTC remedies that mask symptoms, but you can supercharge your immune system with some natural remedies and possibly prevent a full blown cold or flu or possibly shorten the duration.

Here’s what’s in my go-to-immune-support “tool box”! 

* Check with your doctor before taking these or any other supplement.

  • Echinacea* – An herbal remedy made from a flowering plant, may prevent respiratory infections—or even help treat them once they begin.  Look for the word “Standardized” on the bottle.  Do not take longer than 2 weeks at a time.

  • Zinc* – Zinc may work by preventing rhinoviruse from multiplying. It may also stop the rhinovirus from lodging in the mucous membranes of the throat and nose.   Take it in tablet or capsule form.

  • Vitamin C* – taking vitamin C before the onset of cold symptoms may shorten the duration of symptoms. Vitamin C may provide benefit for people at high risk of colds due to frequent exposure.  Vitamin C also acts as an anti-histamine, relieving nasal congestion.

  • Oil of Oregano* – This herb is a staple in Italian food, but you may find relief by adding a couple drops of oregano oil to a diffuser or vaporizer and inhaling for a few minutes. Drinking a few drops of oil in juice or water may also provide some relief from a sore throat. This can also be found in a capsule or soft gel.Can be diffused or applied topically or is available in a softgel.  GET IT HERE

  • Elderberry Extract* - Black elderberry juice can inhibit the growth of influenza viruses and shorten the duration of symptoms, while enhancing antibody levels against the virus. It helps reduce swelling in the sinuses and reduce congestion.  Elderberry can be taken as a liquid, syrup or tincture, as well as a lozenge and in capsule form.

  • Airborne* – I love the portability of this product and I believe it helps!!

  • On Guard Essential Oil Blend*  - Oils of Clove, Eucalyptus, Cinnamon, Rosemary and Wild Orange may kill harmful bacteria, viruses and mold.  Can be diffused or applied topically or is available in a softgel. GET IT HERE

  • Rest – When your body is under attack, nothing is more important than rest!  Your immune system does most of it’s work while you are sleeping or at rest.  So, slow down, listen to the messages your body is sending you and GET PLENTY of REST!
  • Clean Eating – “Let Food Be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”  - a quote from Hippocrates.  Always support your body’s amazing capacity for healing by feeding it whole, real foods. 

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