With winter in full effect in many parts of the country, many people are preparing for beating that inevitable cold or flu that affects millions of Americans this season. While there are many over-the-counter solutions for these ailments, many only treat specific symptoms once we have already gotten sick, and a large majority have artificial ingredients and colors, as well as certain side effects, which a growing population is trying to avoid. Therefore, more and more people are turning to natural remedies, which claim to not only treat an existing cold or flu, but to help individuals prevent getting sick. In this blog, we will cover some options of natural remedies for avoiding winter illness.
Diet – More and more, doctors and scientists are coming to believe that our diet is the most important aspect of keeping us healthy. Today, Americans eat more junk food that ever before, a habit that has led to a huge rise in epidemics, such as obesity and diabetes. However, our diet also controls our immune system, which is the first line of defense to stopping germs in their tracks and preventing us from getting sick. To boost the immune system in the winter, focus on consuming colorful fruits and vegetables, which contain antioxidants. It is recommended to eat 8-10 servings of staples such as carrots, apples, broccoli, oranges, blueberries, tomatoes, etc.
Elderberry – This is a natural remedy known all over the world, which is made from the black elderberry flowering plant. It has been used as a folk remedy for hundreds of years, and is a staple in Chinese medicine. The reason that this species has beneficial health properties is because its berries contain flavonoids, which have been shown to possess antioxidant properties that can help to heal cold and flu symptoms, as well as help with allergies and improve general sinus problems, which affect many people during the wintertime. It is sold in various over-the-counter remedies, the most popular two called Sambucol and Sambucus. According to European Cytokine Network, Sambucol was shown to cut the flu by three to four days for those affected. However, in addition to being effective in reducing symptoms, elderberry also helps to improve the immune system, which is necessary during the cold and rainy months to fight infections. Depending on which remedy you purchase, take it according to the instructions on the box.
Vitamin E – Vitamin E is found in various types of food, such as dark, leafy greens, liver, sweet potatoes, etc. However, most people need at least 100 IU of this vitamin daily to prevent getting sick, but many can’t get it from a regular diet, which is why it is recommended to take it as a supplement; Vitamin E is available as a capsule, tablet and soft gel. ABC News reports that Vitamin E was most helpful to the elderly for preventing upper respiratory infections, and another study found the same to be true for young men as well. This means we can all benefit.
Antioxidants are the key to most of these remedies, which are vital in the prevention of germs, viruses and bacteria. However, not all antioxidants in food and supplements are bioavailable, meaning they might not be completely absorbed due to inefficiencies in the body. Dr. Willard’s can shore up these inefficiencies by creating a more biologically active form of water in the bloodstream, which aids our body in the absorption of the nutrients and other antioxidants. A cellular study conducted by NIS Labs in Klamath Falls, Oregon, found that Dr. Willard’s Water® was especially effective in increasing absorption and activity of Vitamin E.
If you’re looking to stay healthy this season via natural, proven means, remember to take your vitamins, eat healthy, and drink 4-8 glasses of diluted Dr. Willard’s Water a day.
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