Nature’s Immune Enhancers
As the summer ends and fall begins, cold and flu season sneaks in to play. The kids return to school and subsequently viruses spread from the classroom to home to work. Your body’s own immune system can be powerful in preventing viral infection as well as fight to reestablish health if given the proper support. Adequate sleep and a healthy diet are extremely important, and it is well known that sugar suppresses the immune function. Clinical studies have revealed immune suppression within 30 minutes after ingestion of sugar (i.e. sugar filled latte or bowl of cereal) and the effects last over five hours! A friend sneezes on you and by nightfall, you have a scratchy throat!
Along with managing stress, getting restorative sleep and eating healthy protein, fats, and lots of fresh fruits & veggies, certain immune supportive nutrients and herbs can help prevent or shorten the duration of a nasty illness. Known as the “herbal convincer”, echinacea is the best known and most studied herb for respiratory infections. Best taken immediately at the onset of symptoms (sneezing, scratchy throat, etc.), a high-quality echinacea has proven effective in controlled studies to reduce the symptoms and duration of colds & flu. In addition, Andrographis, olive leaf, and larch are important herbal support for immune function and recovery from viral challenges. Our customers have been reporting fast relief from symptoms with a formula called ImmuniT which contains all the above herbals and more!
We also carry the popular Wellness Formula, Oscillococcinum (Oscillo for short) which is amazing when taken at first sign of flu, elderberry syrup, capsules & gummies, homeopathics, cough syrups, lozenges, Vitamin C, probiotics (important!) and so much more! We carry immune support for all ages from children to seniors, so don’t be caught unarmed! The great and knowledgeable staff at The Natural Alternative will help you choose the immune supplement that is right for you. Let us help you feel your best this fall season!
– Best of Health,
Bobbi Conner, CNC, ACN, MH