HMP'S Picks During Cold/Flu Season

 
 

Cold and flu season is no fun! Here are some more tips on staying healthy during this season. All of these products are from Heinen's. 

  1. NOOMA Organic Electrolyte Drink. This sports drink is made with organic ingredients, natural electrolytes, and no added sugar all while providing you with hydration! And guess what? This is a local company from Cleveland. The reason we don't buy a brand like Gatorade is because they have have a list of ingredients not even recognizable to the English language and also contain food dyes, which is linked to hyperactivity. Gatorade has now come out with an organic option. Other electrolyte drinks are Bodyarmour and DRINK maple.  Here is an easy smoothie you can make to replace electrolytes; 1 cup organic kale, 1 banana, and one cup organic coconut milk. Blend in a Vitamix.

  2. Epsom Salt. Epsom salt baths are an easy & effective way to promote relaxation and healing. Epsom salt baths can help replenish magnesium levels, pull out toxins, promote relaxation, and boost your immune system. Most people are deficient in magnesium and yet every single cell in our body needs it. Epsom salt baths are especially important when you are sick or after a strenuous workout. {For children under 60 lbs add 1/2 cup to bath water. For children 60-100 lbs add 1 cup to bath water. For people 100 lbs and more add 2 cups to bath water}.  

  3. Lemons!! Lemons have so many benefits. I start my day every morning with a warm cup of lemon water. Just squeeze a half of organic lemon in your water before you eat breakfast or drink your coffee. Lemons are alkaline. Diseases thrive in an acidic environment. Lemon water also aids in digestion and detoxification, high in vitamin C, rejuvenates skin and body healing, helps shed pounds (they contain pectin, a type of fiber), and boosts energy! If thats not enough, lemons are used to treat fevers. Click here to learn about lemon socks

  4. Erie Bone Broth. This is located in the freezer section next to the organic vegetables & is a local company in Cleveland! This bone broth is made with 100% grass fed/finished bones and pasture raised chicken and turkey bones fro organic farms. It is naturally rich in proteins, collagen, amino acids and minerals. If any Mamas out there are breastfeeding, I swear by bone broth to increase supply! Some of the many benefits talked about are reduced join pain and inflammation. The glucosamine in bone broth can actually stimulate the growth of new collagen, repair damaged joints, and reduce pain and inflammation in the bestselling book Deep Nutrition. The gelatin in bone broth protects and heals the mucosal lining of the digestive tract. Bone broth is THE staple of a gut healing diet. You can drink it plain (6-8 oz/day), or add sea salt and hot sauce. You can also cook rice in it, scramble eggs in it, sauce veggies, or meat with bone broth. Bone broth is also easy to make. {Add 3 lbs (or more!) of bones from a healthy source to crock pot along with 2 TBSP of apple cider vinegar. Add 1 onion, 2 carrots, 2 stalks of celery,  and cook on low for 24 hours. Add parsley 30 minutes before it's done}.  

  5. Bragg's Organic Apple Cider Vinegar. This has so many benefits there are even books written on it. My favorite benefit is it's beneficial healthy bacteria that is good for your gut. It is a natural remedy for colds and can help reduce symptoms fast. Drink 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar diluted in 8 oz. of water before a meal 1-2 times a day.   

  6. Traditional Medicinals Throat Coat. I have always been a fan of this tea. It is organic and drinking 3 cups a day when you have a sore throat seems to help alleviate the pain.

  7. Oscillococcinum. I saved the best for last! This is THE homeopathic flu remedy you want in your house BEFORE you come down with the flu so you can start it right away. It's located in the Wellness Area at Heinens. Studies have proven that taking Oscillococcinum at the onset of symptoms can shorten the duration of illness. Take as directed; 1 vial 3 times/day. The dose is the same for adults and children. Homeopathy is one of the safest & most effective forms of medicine. It is safe for elderly, pregnant woman, infants, children, adults and has no side effects.

Stay healthy friends!

 

References:

https://www.ewg.org/foodnews/strawberries.php#.WoDUBxiZOqA

https://www.nap.edu/read/2126/chapter/2

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22364157

http://holisticsquid.com/lemon-socks-for-a-fever/