Coming into cold and flu season presents a whole host of challenges for parents. We want to do what's right for our children, offering the best immune support and natural remedies when our kids do get sick. As a nursing mom, I'm also really concerned about what I put in my own body. A lot of over-the-counter medications are touted to be “most likely safe” for breastfeeding moms. Most likely? Women are happy to be told they're “most likely” to be on the starting line-up of their recreational sports team or be voted “most likely” to succeed. Being told that something is “most likely” safe for my baby? Not so reassuring. That's why I stick to natural cold remedies as much as possible.
Whole Foods is doing a three part podcast series on natural approaches to immune support during cold and flu season featuring homeopathic remedies and immune system support for this time of year. Some of my favorite tips are:
- Keep your immune system in peak condition by getting plenty of sleep and reducing stress factors in your life. Also exercise and hydrate to ward off illness.
- Use Echinacea, Elderberry and Vitamin C to support your immune system if you do happen to get a cold.
- Treat cold and flu symptoms as quickly as possible.
- And of course, always wash your hands!
You can learn more about seasonal wellness and immune defense over on the Whole Foods Blog, where they'll be featuring tips and tactics for family health throughout the season in a three-part series: Understanding the Immune System for Winter Wellness (October 2), Homeopathy for Cold and Flu Season (October 18) and Seasonal Wellness Shopping List (October 29).
What are your favorite natural cold remedies?
This post is sponsored by Whole Foods. All opinions are my own.