Immunity-Boosting Tips for Flu Season

By: Anne Cutler Email
By: Anne Cutler Email

When flu season comes around, there are a number of ways to boost your immunities. Aside from flu shots and eating healthy, you can also take a variety of supplements. We spoke with Whole Foods to get tips on the best ones for your body.

1) Nutrient Dense Foods:
It is important to eat nutrient dense foods, be sure your diets are filled with a rainbow of colors available from fresh fruits and vegetables. These nutrients help provide the body with the building blocks it needs to stay healthy and fight off infections. If you struggle with getting your family three daily servings of fruits and veggies - you can try a product called Amazing Grass. It's a chocolate-flavored vegetable and fruit supplement.

2) Multivitamins:
It's important to take a daily multi-vitamin to ensure you are getting essential vitamins and minerals.

3) Vitamin C and Vitamin D:
Recommended by Dr. Oz. There are products for babies and kids as young as 6 months old and are great to boost immune function.

4) Probiotics (Acidophilus):
Did you know almost 70% of your immune system function is in your digestive tract? These healthy bacteria helps fight off any potential invaders there, and if you or your children have been on antibiotics, those healthy bacteria also get killed off…so be sure to supplement with Probiotics. There are products for babies and kids as young as 6 months old in both chewable and powder forms.

5) Black Elderberry Syrup:
The berries from the Elderberry tree are packed with powerful antioxidants that have been used for centuries to decrease severity of cold and flu symptoms as well as shorten the duration of cold and flu.

All of these supplements and products are available at Whole Foods and other natural food stores. Please remember, we've provided this information for educational purposes. We're not doctors and you should follow the advice of your health care provider.

Below you'll find a number of shopping lists to help you decide what to purchase for your family. This list is only a guide to assist you in your shopping for products available.

Adult Shopping List:

-365 Adult Multivitamins
-365 Chewable Vitamin C (500mg)
-Whole Foods Vitamin D (1000 IU)
-Jarrow Jarro- Dophilus EPS Probiotics
-Nature's Way Sambucus Original Black Elderberry Syrup
-Amazing Grass

Kid's Ages 4 and up:

-365 Kids Gummy Multivitamins
-Whole Foods Kids Essentials Vitamin C Chewables
-Rainbow Light Vitamin D (400 IU) Sunny Gummies
- Renew Life Buddy Bear Probiotic
-Natures Way Black Elderberry (Sambucus) Syrup for Kids
-Amazing Grass

Infant/Baby Shopping List:

Jarrow Baby's Jarro-dophilus probiotics: Safe for infants and babies under 1 year old
Carlson Baby D Drops: Drop on pacifier, put in bottle or on mother's nipple. Safe for infants and babies under 1 year old.
Child Life Multivitamin liquid - Safe for babies 6 mos to 1 year old

Pregnant Moms:

-365 prenatal 1 daily 180ct
-Minami Nutrition MorDHA prenatal 60ct.
-Jarrow Jarro- Dophilus EPS Probiotics
-Wishgarden Immune Boost (A wonderful blend of nourishing herbs for pregnancy that also are a great booster for the immune system. Drops into water or juice to take. Follow directions for specific dosage.)
-Wishgarden Cold Remedy for pregnancy (A wonderful blend of nourishing herbs for pregnancy that are great when signs or symptoms arise in the upper respiratory tract)

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