Protecting Yourself During The Flu Season
Like it or not flu season is among us, and we are smack dab in the thick of it. You hear about it from a friend or family member, the school or daycare your kid(s) go to, on the news and all over social media. It seems like no matter how hard you might try to “advert” the cringe-worthy 3 letter word, it’s almost darn near impossible.
The flu has been around for many years, this isn’t no new surprise to us! Millions of cases are documented every year, and those of us who have remained lucky enough not to catch the germs, sit in fear and try our best to do e v e r y t h i n g and anything possible to keep it that way.
Today I thought I would share some of my FAVORITE flu season remedies, prevention’s, and go-to’s, when it comes to keeping myself, kids, and family free and clear of the awful flu. I am a huge believer in the fact that your body is the BIGGEST powerhouse you have. Building up immunity and taking care of your body definitely helps when it comes to combating germs.
So, what is it that helps us stay healthy and in tip-top shape you ask? Well, I’ll let you in on my swear-by, must use products and why…
Number one on my list is ELDERBERRY SYRUP if you do not have this amazing powerful berry on tap in your house, you need to get some ASAP! I have been using elderberry for two years now and when I say I swear by it, I really mean it. I have recommended this more times than I can count, and every single person has come back to me saying “WOW!” you were so right… this stuff does really work!
Elderberry is a purple berry grown from the European elder tree. This syrup is highly effective in boosting your immune system and fighting against viruses and germs, that otherwise would take you down in a swift minute. As soon as I so much as feel a sore scratchy throat coming on, or begin to sneeze, I am running to my elderberry. Within a day or two of use, the symptoms are completely gone! ZERO trace of them ever being a thing. The benefits to this amazing berry don’t just stop with fighting the flu, either. My favorite brand that I have used and trusted has been Nature’s Way Sambucus Elderberry Syrup It’s flavor is sweet, making it easy to go down the hatch.
Number 2 on my list is Natures Way Umcka Cold + Flu Syrup I haven’t had to put this to use yet (thankfully) but, it is in stock in case those germs should fight through my regular elderberry defense.
Number 3 the next two products are for the kiddies! They do have elderberry for kids available in the brand above, but I have been using these all natural drops for several years now, and they have never failed us, so I have stuck with what works! This Herb-Pharm Kids Black Elderberry Liquid Extract is something I use daily during the cold + flu season. I count out the drops needed and add them to a glass of orange juice every morning for my kids. The great thing about them being in liquid drop form, is that they can’t taste it so there is never any complaining!
Number 4 Herb-Pharm Immune Avenger this little bottle is the key blocker to keeping those pesky germs at bay. Again, I use this daily in conjunction with the elderberry. It helps support children’s response to immune system distress. All of their products are prepared from certified organic herbs harvested at their peak of potency. So, you can trust in the safety of the ingredients, when giving it to your kid(s).
Number 5 Vitamin C! Whether in the form of orange juice, fruit, or other sources like these fun YumEarth Organic Vitamin C Lollipops for the kiddos, be sure you are getting those daily doses in! I love the suckers aside from the obvious reason, because they are:
- Gluten free, usda organic, and 100 percent vegan.
- They have 100 percent daily value vitamin c and 100 percent natural flavors!
- Made of REAL fruit extract.
- Completely Soy free, fat free, dairy free, peanut free, and tree-nut free!
Noartificial dyes or colors
Last but not least is WASH, WASH, WASH your hands! Practicing and instilling these habits we preach is so important. Especially when it comes to our kids (who let’s face it, are one of the top germ sharing/spreading people) due to their forgetfulness. We still actually need some germs on us to help us fight off of the bad ones, so over washing isn’t something that I am super keen on. However, washing before meals and anytime you come home from being out at a store or common place where lots of touching on shared items occur, are times where I always flag and remind my family to be cautious and wash up.
Taking care of your body and guarding it with a high immune defense is key to making it through the flu season. If you start to feel like something is coming on, take caution and stay home. Be mindful and sneeze and cough INSIDE of your shirt. I say inside, because I feel like there is a better barrier for protection when completely surrounding your germs, versus doing it into the outer side of your arm, where germs can still be spread airborne.
Have you yourself tried any of these products? If so, have they worked well for you? What are some of your own favorite flu + cold remedies that may not be on this list?