I was surprised that on the day I was the preschool volunteer mom, several of the kids were visibly sick. I spent the morning wiping boogers and getting coughed on and I knew I was going to get sick. I woke up feeling absolutely horrible 2 days later. I took some immunity supplements compliments of Whole Foods that I’d been sent to try about a month ago. They had been sitting in the pantry waiting for use, and my opportunity had clearly arrived in fighting off a cold.
Per the directions, I took the GAIA Herbs Black Elderberry Syrup and Source Naturals Wellness Formula. You can take these two in lower dosages when you’re well, but I used the “acute” or “imbalanced” dosages starting first thing in the morning. By the evening, I felt noticeably better.
In the meantime, my daughter proceeded to get very, very sick as did my husband, who rarely gets sick. The most I felt was very fatigued for 2 days, but I could handle that because I could still be productive. The other two were each totally knocked out for 5 days. I should also mention that my immune system is normally very weak.
GAIA Herbs Elderberry Syrup is easy to swallow in fact it ALMOST tastes like a syrup you could put on vanilla ice cream. Elderberries have anti-viral and immune boosting capabilities. The GAIA Herbs Elderberry Syrup is made from organic European Black Elderberries, organic acerola and organic cane sugar. It’s manufactured under certified organic processing standards. There are no artificial flavors or colors. Children as young as 2 can take it. I did try it with La Jolla Girl though it’s taking a bit for her to get used to as she’s skeptical of new foods and drinks.
Source Naturals Wellness Formula: You are supposed to start taking this at the first sign of imbalance. It’s a pretty powerful combination of herbs, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals that are all listed here. If you don’t like large vitamins, you may have trouble with these. They also smell like olives. But this formula is specially-designed to support an immune system under stress. I’m just convinced it worked for me.
Whole Foods also sent me a small sized EO Hand Sanitizing Spray in Peppermint. The ingredients are organic ethanol, organic peppermint essential oil, vitamin E, and organic thyme extract. I’m a big fan of natural spray sanitizer (you have also seen me talk about Burts Bees spray) because after I use the gels, I still feel like I need to go wash slime off my hands. EO has a nice feel to it without an overpowering smell. The small .33oz size can be easily slipped into your pocket or purse.
I have not yet have the opportunity to try Flu Ease yet. It’s a homeopathic formula that is supposed to be taken at the first sign of flu symptoms such as fever, chills and body aches. They claim there are no side effects. If you or someone in your family is coming down with the flu, you might want to give this a try.
As always, before you try any immunity supplements such as the ones I just mentioned, you might want to consult your doctor.
Whole Foods Gift Card Giveaway (CLOSED)
As a thank you for reading about these immunity supplements, Whole Foods is going to giveaway a $10 gift card to one lucky La Jolla Mom reader. All you need to do to enter is tell me what you normally do when you feel like you’re getting sick. Bonus entries are as follows:
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