Prepare for Cold and Flu Season

By: Carol Blair, BS, DiHom, CNC

I have two sons who were Boys Scouts so their “Be prepared” motto caught on in our family.

When you get sick, the last thing you want to do is to go to the store to buy what you need. And yet, the best time to “nip something in the bud,” as the saying goes, is VERY early on. So I keep my cabinet well stocked for winter.

You may not keep on hand all that I do but consider picking two or three of your favorites. These are some of the items I have on hand:

King Bio Influenza – used once a week this can ward off the flu, but should you get it, using it several times a day can also help you to feel better faster.

Zinc lozenges – studies have found zinc to be a good preventative to avoid the cold and flu and have also found that zinc can decrease the severity of symptoms as well as the duration of symptoms.

Vitamin C – 500 mg., buffered. (The Natur-Tyme brand also has lipoic acid which helps to re-circulate the C so it lasts longer in the body).

Umcka – the subject of 40 studies as a proven cold and flu remedy. This is also safe for children over the age of two.

Colloidal Silver – nature’s antibiotic. I know you’re worried that you might turn blue/gray like the man in the news, but as long as you don’t take it for years on end and try to make your own, you’ll be okay! I assure you, I have seen clients take it rather indiscriminately and nothing has happened. It’s the size of the particle that matters.

Esberitox – an herbal combination containing Baptisia, Echinacea, and Thuja; safe for children ages two and up. These are small chewable tablets; they may also be used in conjunction with antibiotics, if desired when extra immune support is necessary. I always travel with this on airplanes!

Enhanced Antioxidants – antioxidants protect the immune system and reduce damage to the cells. I use this nearly every day because it is also anti-aging!

Life Shield Immunity – studies show that medicinal mushrooms increase natural killer cells so I take this if I am exposed to something before I get sick!

Kyolic’s garlic immune formula is an inexpensive supplement that contains garlic (aka Russian penicillin) as well as oregano oil and olive leaf extract for additional immune support.

I also have several homeopathics on hand, but that is the subject of another blog! So be prepared and stay well this winter by supporting your immune system at the first sign of exposure.

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