turkey, and fresh starts as the languor of summer fades. It also means we must face the very real reality of flu season. Whether you believe in vaccines or not, it’s important to take steps to naturally prepare yourself for flu season. 2017 was the deadliest flu season since the CDC first recorded flu deaths in 1976, and marked one of the most severe flu seasons in recorded U.S. history. Hospitals were overloaded, locally. All-natural flu season support is a must for anyone, regardless of age or current health.all is known for many lovely things, including colorful foliage, a sudden interest in
The bad news is that the flu cannot be medically cured. The virus evolves from year to year. While it’s not fatal for most, it can knock you out for five days, spreading quickly through families and wreaking havoc on your best-laid plans. Not to mention that you will feel completely miserable. The good news is that there are ways to protect yourself and your family. When your immune system is weak it’s much more susceptible to viruses such as the flu. Supplements, herbs, and behavioral changes can support your immune system to prevent the flu and make your body better at fighting it off should you contract it.
Read on for all-natural ways to support yourself for this flu season.
There are many natural remedies that can be strong allies for flu season. Elderberry supplements (often known by its Latin name of Sambucus Nigra), is a powerful natural antiviral. It is considered one of the most potent ways to prevent and treat viral infections, and several studies have confirmed its efficacy. One study found that people who consumed elderberries had a higher number of antibodies against the influenza virus.
Rebecca’s carries Elderberry in many forms: syrups, tinctures, lozenges, gummies (great for kids), powders & capsules. Last year the entire industry had an Elderberry shortage because of the flu epidemic, so one would be wise to stock up. We carry elderberry products from Nature’s Way, Nature’s Answer, Gaia USDA Organic, Ancient Apothecary Fermented Elderberry, Rebecca’s brand & locally made Brightwood Vineyards Elderberry Syrup & Locally made Red Root & Co. Elderberry Syrup. We also have dried bulk elderberries and frozen whole elderberries (when available) if you choose to make your own syrup. Elderberry can be used for daily immune support or as needed when you, or a family member/co-worker around you, starts feeling sick.
Boiron’s Oscillococcinum® is another all-natural potent remedy. This homeopathic remedy comes in vials of small pellets that you dissolve in your mouth. It helps reduce the duration and severity of symptoms like fever, body aches, chills, headache and fatigue. Take this as soon as you start feeling any symptoms, be them cold or flu-like (many viral infections feel similar, at the onset). Oscillo Bonus: this won’t make you drowsy or uncomfortable and is safe with medications. We offer boxes of 6 doses, 12 doses or 30 doses depending on your family size.
We also offer Dr. Nenninger’s Triple Flu Defense liquid, which is formulated differently each year to homeopathically match the changing influenza strains as indicated by the CDC, WHO and patient data. It is effective for both respiratory & stomach flu. It’s Doctor tested and formulated with no side effects or drug interactions & is both Gluten-Free & Dairy-Free. It’s based on weight in children so it’s safe for children over 10 pounds. The 2018-2019 batch is in stock now.
Keep up your vitamin intake!
If you don’t already, consider taking vitamins that boost your immune system. Vitamin D3 and Zinc are two amazing options. Source Naturals Wellness Formula (in tablets or capsules) includes these nutrients along with other vitamins, minerals, and herbs to support the immune system. Wellness Formula can be used for daily maintenance or at the first sign of wellness imbalance. We also carry Vitamin D3 softgels, liquids or gummies, and Zinc tablets/capsules or lozenges. All of these can be found on their own or incorporated into a quality multi.
Remember that food is medicine, as well, and eating a healthy, nutrient dense diet can also help. We highly recommend adding Bone Broth (chicken or beef) as a part of your Fall/Winter diet and sell this hot by the cup, frozen or in shelf-stable powder.
Sleep is one of the most critical components of a healthy nervous system. Studies have shown that the number of infection-fighting antibodies (you’ll need those on their best game during flu season) drop when you don’t get enough shut-eye. If you struggle with sleep, read our tips for a healthy nighttime routine.
If you’re interested in flu season support, come see us at Rebecca’s Natural Food! We’re happy to connect you with the right supplements, as well as how food can be used as medicine!
*As always, see your doctor if you’re feeling unwell!
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