Cold + Flu Natural Supplements

The cold and flu season this year has been hitting us hard. Some people, including myself, have been sick back to back. This has caused me to write an entire page on natural health care supplements. Below are my favourites.

♥ BUILD UP YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM WITH THESE SUPPLEMENTS

VITAMIN C
– Since the 1970s, Vitamin C has been the main thing our mothers told us to take upon the first sign of a cold. However, taking Vitamin C does not prevent colds. It does help shorten the length of the cold and reduce the severity of the symptoms. It is best to take everyday to help build up your immune system to fight cold and flu. My current favourite supplement is LivLong Canada’s Lypo-Spheric Vitamin C. Because it is in a liposomal form, it is able to transport Vitamin C directly into our bloodstream and straight into our cells. Meaning, Vitamin C is properly absorbed into our system so it can do it’s job of being an antioxidant, help make collagen and improve the absorption of iron.

IMMUNE BOOSTERS

St. Francis Deep Immune tincture is a blend of adaptogenic herbs that helps the body enhance it’s own innate, self-healing therapeutic powers. Adaptogens help the body adapt to stress and fight fatigue. Deep Immune is meant to be taken daily to help balance the immune system naturally and prevent sickness. It is a blend of Astragulus, Codonopsis, Siberian Ginseng, Licorice, Ligustrum, Reishi, Schisandra Berries, White Atractyloden. This also comes in capsule form for those who don’t like the taste of liquid herbs.

Purica Immune 7 is a blend of immune supporting mushrooms such as maitake, shiitake, turkey tail, red reishi, sun mushroom and cordyceps. I have personally been taking this for years and the moment I stopped, I got sick. I have recommended it to plenty of clients and have seen great results. I highly recommend it! Take 1 capsule a day for prevention and if you do get sick, I recommend taking 2-3 capsules a day with food until you feel better.

KI Immune Defense & Energy Forumla is a blend of Astragulus, Shiitake Mushrooms and Olive Leaf. Astragulus enhances the immune system while shiitake mushrooms boost white blood cells. Olive leaf is a potent antioxidant and is great for overall health and wellbeing. I highly suggest this to clients who travel a lot as it is easy to carry around.

♥ FIGHT THAT COLD AND FLU WITH THESE SUPPLEMENTS

At the onset of a cold or if you already have a cold, the following supplements can help. Some will work better for you than others, it is a matter of trial and error.

OREGANO OIL
– It provides our bodies with a defence against airborne and food-borne germs, infections and biological toxins. It is a potent health aid that be used both internally and externally. It’s primary ingredient, Carvacrol, acts as an antiseptic, naturally eliminating pathogens such as bacteria, yeast, fungi, parasites and viruses.

Compared to pharmaceutical drugs, pathogens cannot build immunity to it; therefore, the potential side effects of prescription antibiotics are eliminated. With that said, it is very potent and it should be used carefully according to instructions on the label or with a guidance of a health care practitioner. I personally don’t use a lot of oregano oil but I know it works well. The brand I mostly suggest is Wild Oil of Oregano.

ECHINACEA – There are different species of echinacea. The one in my favourite supplement spray is Echinacea Purpurea, it is antiviral, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory. Research has shown that it helps increase the white blood cells to help fight infections. Other research says that there is not enough evidence to say that it works. I beg to differ, I have used echinacea for over two years now and I love it! I have tried several brands and my favourite is A.Vogel. Their sore throat spray is AMAZING! You can feel its soothing effect within the first spray. I highly recommend it.

KI COLD & FLU – A combinations of andrographis, ginger and zinc. Andrographis is a bitter herb that is commonly found in India. It is known to treat infections. Ginger is an anti-inflammatory that aids in better digestion, reduces nausea and helps fight the common cold and flu. Zinc is a trace element that is necessary for a healthy immune system.

Ki Cold & Flu is best taken at the first sight of infection or fever. It helps reduce fever, clear congestion, relieve sore throat/coughs/headaches and speeds up recovery. I know for a fact that it works because I use this product and have recommended it to many friends, family and clients. I actually use this as an immune support as well (especially when I am very stressed) even though it is not meant for that.

OSCILLOCOCCINUM – It is very hard to pronounce but it also work very well when you are already sick! It is a homeopathic medicine that helps relieve flu-like symptoms. It is available in a box of 6, 12 or 30 doses. They come in cute little tubes and you just dissolve the pellets in your mouth. Take at the onset of cold and flu symptoms. Kids ages 2 and up can take these as well. Worth a try!

STODAL COUGH SYRUP – Homeopathic, works well and tastes pretty good. It is non-drowsy, can be used day or night and includes no dye. Because it is homeopathic, children can take it starting at the age of one. It comes with a a mini measuring cup so it is easy and convenient to take. Of course, if your cough persists longer than two weeks, please see a doctor!

**Please do not use all of these supplements in one go. Consult a health care practitioner for proper use and dosage. Feel free to ask me questions in the comments or email me at ana@thebellalife.ca.

I wish you a happy & healthy day!

Ana Bella

*I highlighted certain brands above that I recommend, I am not sponsored by any of these companies, I truly just like them!

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