With the changing seasons comes cold and flu season. Fortunately, there are cold and flu supplements to for every budget! Let’s dive in!
Propolis is created by bees to protect their hives! It’s anti-inflammatory and immune-boosting, making it a great preventative! But if you do end up feeling run down, propolis has natural anti-bacterial and anti-microbial properties, making it a great remedy for colds and sore throats!
It is important to note that propolis can cause an allergic reaction in anyone with an allergy to bees or bee products!
Ginger is my go-to for upset stomach and nausea. It can relieve symptoms very quickly and it’s affordable! One option is to buy fresh ginger and cut it into smaller chunks, then simmer with water for about 40 minutes. This will leave you with a soothing ginger tea. You can leave tea (ginger chunks and water) on the stove, on low, all day long. When ready to drink, I recommend adding some raw honey for a more pleasant taste and for the added antibacterial qualities.
If you’re looking for a more convenient option to give you quick relief, reach for ginger supplements! Nova Scotia Organics Nausea Relief is bioavailable and certified organic. They provide 500 mg of potent ginger extract per tablet to help with nausea and indigestion!
Reishi mushrooms have been shown to boost immunity[i], something we obviously want during the cold and flu season!
Reishi effects white blood cells to help the body fight infection. Reishi isn’t the best tasting mushroom so taking it in capsule form is ideal. This supplement by New Chapter delivers the whole protective shield of the Reshi and uses a vigorous Reishi strain grown to its maximum potential. These elements ensure you’re getting the most out of your Reishi supplement!
I was so glad to find this high-quality oil of oregano in capsule form (the oil tastes terrible!). Thanks to the high levels of caravacol, oregano oil can help fight certain types of bacteria. Oil of oregano is also anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-parasitic, anti-fungal, and anti-inflammatory, making it an excellent choice to help support your body during the cold and flu season!
Oil of oregano should not be taken with other supplements and should be used when already sick, rather than as a preventive.
Genestra HMF Multi Strain Probiotic Formula
Probiotics can benefit the body in many ways, one of which is immune support. Taking a probiotic daily, throughout cold and flu season, can help prevent you from catching a cold or flu. If you do catch something, taking a probiotic can shorten the duration and/or make it less severe[ii].
When looking for a high-quality probiotic, you want to find a supplement that contains an array of strains and a high CFU. Probiotics can take time to work, as they slowly build up the good bacteria in your gut. Therefore, they will be most effective when taken as a preventative!
What are your favourite supplements for the cold and flu season?
Aly is a Certified Nutrition Practitioner (CNP) who graduated from the Institute of Holistic Nutrition and holds a BA from Western University. Aly’s warm and approachable demeanor empowers her clients to take control of their health. She uses a realistic approach, with an emphasis on balance and whole foods to personally address your nutrition needs. Aly believes that eating healthy isn’t about being perfect, it’s about having a plan you can stick to that gives you energy while allowing you to eat the foods you love. Aly believes that with the right tools and guidance you can make positive lifestyle changes to enjoy a happier and healthier life!