Though some areas of the country are enjoying an Indian summer, the time of increased sickness is still upon us. Whether we like it or not, it’s the start of cold and flu season. According to the CDC, seasonal flu activity can begin as early as September or October, and instead of stocking up on typical pharmaceutical options from big box drug stores, you might be interested in finding out a bit more about natural alternatives. We reached out to Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacy, a chain of integrative pharmacies offering traditional, full-service pharmacies combined with herbal and homeopathic therapies, to learn about the latest in safe and natural immunity-boosting tips to fight influenza and the common cold. Here are some tips straight from the professionals.
Most people know that echinacea is used as an immune system-booster, but not many realize that it also works on the lymphatic system. This multi-use herb is great for clearing or preventing illness because it keeps the lymph system clean and free flowing. Often mild illness is worsened because of the body’s inability to clear waste, so having echinacea on hand can certainly reduce the severity and duration of a cold or flu.
A favorite of Pharmaca experts, hydrotherapy is the perfect at-home therapy to manipulate body temperature and upregulate immune function. Try the “wet sock treatment,” a method designed to strengthen the immune system and stimulate blood flow, before bedtime.
Multivitamins provide the basic vitamins and minerals needed for a healthy immune response, and Pharmaca provides several options made with organic fruits and vegetables. Make sure to take Vitamin D and C, especially as we near winter months, for optimal immune support. This is especially true for kids, who need 250mg to 500mg per day to reap the benefits during cold season.
Before beginning any medical treatment, talk to a doctor or pharmacist, and seek advice from sources such as Pharmaca, which offers products from natural brands that consumers feel good about, all supported with the guidance of estheticians and practitioners who are licensed and educated about the products and services available.