Prime Your Immune System for Cold and Flu Prevention

cold and flu preventionWith winter upon us, and cold and flu season in full effect, it’s so important to keep your immune system primed. Healthy habits such as exercising, eating right, getting rest, managing your stress, and washing your hands are all very helpful at keeping your immune system strong. Taking nutritional supplements also plays a key role in boosting your defenses. Below are my top recommendations to support your immune system for cold and flu prevention, as well as supplements for acute support. Continue reading “Prime Your Immune System for Cold and Flu Prevention”

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Fall Sale: Prevent Colds with Sinus Survival

sinus survival aEven if you’ve been plagued by sinus conditions for ages, Sinus Survival is a program that can finally bring you serious, long-term relief. Sinus Survival products can also help with prevention of colds and sinusitis. Right now Village Green Apothecary is offering 20% off on Sinus Survival products and 25% off their bundles until Oct 27.

We often think of sinus problems being at their worst in the spring and summer months, but did you know that winter can also be a difficult time for sinus sufferers? Winter brings cold temperatures and damp weather, and illnesses such as colds and the flu. Continue reading “Fall Sale: Prevent Colds with Sinus Survival”

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Elderberry: The Virus Fighter

elderberriesElderberry has been used been used as a natural health remedy for years. Traditionally, the flowers and leaves have been used for pain relief, swelling, inflammation, to stimulate the production of urine, to induce sweating, and even to reduce fever. More and more research is supporting what many natural health practitioners have been saying for a while… that this tiny plant also has strong antiviral properties and may be able to fight off colds and flu.

Elderberry is high in vitamin C, dietary fiber, phenolic acids, flavanols and anthocyanins. More and more research shows that people who have taken elderberries have higher levels of antibodies against the influenza virus, showing that not only may the berry be able to treat flu symptoms, it may be able to prevent influenza infection Continue reading “Elderberry: The Virus Fighter”

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Dinner Tonight: Broths

brothBroths are liquids that are full of flavor, made with water that has been slowly simmered with bones, meat, fish or vegetables. They can be eaten alone, like a soup, or used to cook other foods like soups, stews, gravies, and so much more.

Broths can be easily bought in the store, but they are just as easily made at home. There is nothing like a pot of simmering broth on the stove, plus you can control the ingredients in your broths, especially salt content. Broths are nourishing and offer many health benefits.

I like to “stock” up on my broths because I find I turn to them as soon as the runny noses and itchy throats start. Continue reading “Dinner Tonight: Broths”

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Children’s Series: Preventing Colds

child-sleepingWILL THIS WINTER HAVE NO END? If you are anywhere near the northern east coast, it sure doesn’t feel like spring is just weeks away. And with the never-ending winter, come never-ending colds, especially for kids. Preventing colds can be a challenge, but there are some things you can do to help.

Often colds are caused by viruses that are found in invisible droplets in the air, which we either breathe or touch. And with children in schools, daycare, and sports, they have more opportunity to catch something. That, combined with what is most likely less than ideal hygiene practices.

More than 100 different viruses can infiltrate the protective lining of the nose and throat, triggering an immune system reaction that can cause a sore throat and headache, and make it hard to breathe through the nose. Dry air (indoors or outdoors) can lower the resistance to infection, causing more colds in the winter. Underlying allergies can also decrease resistance and allow a virus to infect the body. Maintaining a healthy immune system is the best protection against colds. Continue reading “Children’s Series: Preventing Colds”

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