Try Fighting Off A Cold With Products From Whole Foods

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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.

elderberry 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.

wellness 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.

eo 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.

fluease 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:

1.  Follow @WholeFoods on Twitter or your local Whole Foods Store (in my case that’s @WFMLaJolla).
2.  Follow me on Twitter: @lajollamom
3.  Subscribe to La Jolla Mom via RSS or Google Friend Connect
4. Subscribe to the Whole Foods blog here
5.  Tweet about this giveaway. You can use the green Tweet Meme button at the bottom of the post or cut and paste this – Survive the cold and flu season with immunity supplements from Whole Foods Win a Gift Card Too @lajollamom @wholefoods

Comments will be closed at 12pm PST on Tuesday, December 22 and there is no purchase necessary to win. The winner is chosen by so the more entries you have, the higher your chances of winning are.  Thank you Whole Foods!  By the way, I love their iPhone app – try it.

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  1. I take some dayquill or nyquill and jump in bed.

  2. I follow you on twitter – choochoo428

  3. I follow wholefoods on twitter – choochoo428

  4. I try to take vitamin C drops and sleep a bit more.

  5. Betty Curran says:

    I take additional vitamin C, drink lots of water and eat good old fashioned chicken soup.

  6. Yvonne Bentley says:

    I take a zinc tablet with orange juice, then I be sure to work out to sweat out the germs. Make yourself strong!

  7. I make myself some chamomile tea and chicken soup.

  8. I make sure I get plenty of sleep and drink lots of fluids

  9. When I’m feeling sick I try to get lots of rest

  10. allyson ayala says:

    i love whole food homopathic dept

  11. I always break out herbs to fight off a cold.
    Drink alot…&
    stay away from sugar!

  12. I subscribe via email.

  13. I usually drink a lot of hot tea and get a lot of rest!

  14. I like to take ginger and honey tea and pomegranate capsules.

  15. I take zinc. Actual zinc tablets I break up and take every couple of hours. Cheaper than the Z stuff. Thanks!

  16. I drink a lot of orange juice and try to get as much rest as possible. Peppermint tea helps too.

  17. I take a hot bath, throw on some pajamas, pop a Vitamin C, and lounge with some warm tea!
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  18. Angela Winesburg says:

    Load up on Vitamin C and drink plenty of liquids, thanks!

  19. I love Whole Foods. We have a brand new one near us and I can spend hours there and the food bars are my favorite…lunch, dinner…you want sushi and I want Indian cuisine- no problem! They have it all.

  20. barbara wright says:
  21. barbara wright says:

    I Subscribe to the Whole Foods blog with google reader

  22. barbara wright says:

    I subscribe with google reader

  23. barbara wright says:

    I follow you on twitter – bsw529

  24. barbara wright says:

    I follow whole foods on twitter – bsw529

  25. barbara wright says:

    I take Cold Eze ASAP (and feel guilty about having gone out in the cold with wet hair)

  26. I follow Whole Foods on Twitter – Janetfaye

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  27. I take more vitamins and I eat more fresh fruit when I begin to feel sick.

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  28. I usually take Airborne as soon as I feel a tiny bit under the weather,

  29. I make sure I’m completely warm and cozy and surround myself with bottles of water, orange juice, and green tea.
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  30. I usually ride it out, but now that I read about those wonderful products, I will certainly try some of those. I love Whole Foods!

  31. I usually take extra vitamin C for a few days to try to prevent from getting sick. Thanks.

  32. i take tons of vitamin c and drink tons of water

  33. Subscriber to the Whole Foods blog

  34. I’m a subscriber

  35. Follow you on Twitter: @lajollamom

  36. Follow @WholeFoods on Twitter @tcaorlinep

  37. I’d drink lot of water and take supplements like Vitamin C.


  39. Gayle Morgan says:

    I sleep a lot and drink a lot of liquids. I also run a vaporizer which helps immensly.

  40. I take a vitamin daily anyway, but if I feel like I am getting sick, I drink extra water, hot herbal tea, and drink orange juice for extra vitamin C.


  41. I make a hot toddy (spiced rum, honey, lemon juice, cinnamon sticks) and go to bed.

  42. Follower by GFC.


  43. Email subscriber.


  44. I increase my fluid intake. I increase my vitamin C, and zinc and I cut out dairy products.


  45. When I think I’m getting sick I drink hot green tea.

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  46. We take Elderberry Syrup that we get from Whole Foods.

  47. When I feel like I’m getting sick, I go to sleep. I usually find that getting extra sleep – say, 12 hours – is often enough to fight off the cold that’s coming on. Thank you for the giveaway!

  48. I stay home and sleep A LOT and lounge on the couch with a warm cup of peppermint tea and a good movie. I drink lots of water, orange juice, and tea.

  49. I just ride it out. If you’re going to get sick, you’re to get sick.

  50. When I feel the slightest bit of sickness coming on I take Airborne or Emergen-C!

  51. I take cod liver oil!

  52. I take Vitamin C, Airborne and drink lots and lots of water!

  53. I take vitamins and drink more water.

  54. I take goldenseal when I start to feel sick

  55. I follow via Google Friend Connect
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  56. I drink hot lemon water with ginger.

  57. Following you on Twitter (genny315)

  58. Following Whole Foods on Twitter (genny315)

  59. I drink tea and lots of orange juice!

  60. When I start to feel sick I drink more water.

    Thanks for the contest. Happy holidays.

  61. I start taking something like sudafed or tylenol and see where it will go!

  62. I go straight for the Zicam, double my water intake, and take it easy as much as possible. It usually works, assuming I start the Zicam at the moment I have that awful “Oh no, I’m getting sick” feeling.

  63. When I get sick I just ride it out – and eat chicken noodle soup!

  64. Alicia Webster says:
  65. I take more vitamin C and drink lots of water.

  66. Retweeted! Following you on Twitter @TechPRMaven. When I start to feel sick, I take vitamin C and drink lots of fluids.

  67. Leslie Price says:

    Retweeted lprice79

  68. Leslie Price says:

    Following you on Google Friend Connect.

  69. Leslie Price says:

    Following you on Twitter as lprice79.

  70. Leslie Price says:

    Following WFM on Twitter as lprice79.

  71. Leslie Price says:

    When I feel the sickies coming on, I immediately retreat to bed and sleep as much as possible to let my immune system have a fighting chance at knocking it out.

  72. I load up on Vitamins C and D plus Echinacea, and I drink lots of hot tea. Sending the kids to stay with Grandma for the night is always helpful too!
    .-= Katie´s last blog ..Nick-isms: Vol. 4 =-.

  73. I rarely get sick, but if I feel a cold coming on, I try to drink lots of juice and get plenty of rest.

  74. Tricia Andrews says:

    I follow Whole Foods on Twitter. @TriciaInRaleigh

  75. Tricia Andrews says:

    I follow you on Twitter!

  76. Tricia Andrews says:

    I follow your blog with Google Friend Connect: Tricia31

  77. Tricia Andrews says:

    I keep myself hydrated, I flush out my sinuses with a neti pot, and I wipe down all door handles, phones, light switches, countertops, handles on anything with disinfectant so I don’t spread any germs. And wash my hands like crazy!

  78. following you on google connect!

  79. i am on week two of the “virus from h*ll”!! argh. to avoid colds, i try to eat right, wash my hands frequently or use hand gel. I also take vitamins that i purchase at Whole Foods. When I get sick, I use Zicam and dayquil and mucinex. i wish i’d known about these items 2 weeks ago!! thanks for the informative post.

  80. I’m following you on the Mothersclick twitter. (I’m a community manager there)
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  81. I take airborne and I eat chicken soup!
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  82. Rebecca Graham says:
  83. Rebecca Graham says:

    Following lajollamom on Twitter: rhoneygee

  84. Rebecca Graham says:

    Following Whole Foods on Twitter: rhoneygee

  85. Rebecca Graham says:

    Normally, I just ride it out but after reading about the elderberrry syrup, I may need to start doing that.

  86. Stephanie V says:

    I make or buy a fresh fruit smoothie with immunity boost
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  87. I’m following Whole Foods on Twitter from @polopony95
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  88. I follow your wonderful blog!
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  89. I follow you on Twitter from @polopony95!
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  90. Wonderful review! And that’s great that it worked so quickly and effectively! Usually when I start to feel sick I will just ride it out with a good book, my laptop and my bed, if it gets bad I will take medicine though :)
    .-= Reyna´s last blog ..CoffeeShop Blog =-.

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  92. follow you on Twitter cdziuba

  93. Follow @WholeFoods on Twitter cdziuba

  94. I usually bundle up, wear scarves in the house, drink OJ and hot tea with honey, and generally rest as much as possible.

  95. Lauralee Hensley says:

    I load up on Garlic. Garlic is a natural antibacterial. I also take a tablespoon of organic apple cider vinegar in the morning. It’s an astringent to kill post sinus drip in the back of the throat, and it helps to thin mucous too. Just dilute it in a little warm water and gargle with it, then swallow it down. Vinegar packs a lot of vitamin C in it.

  96. Dani McGarry says:

    I tweeted about this giveaway! @danimcgarry

  97. Dani McGarry says:

    I also subscribed to the whole foods blog via google reader

  98. Dani McGarry says:

    I am a subscriber to La Jolla Mom via google reader

  99. Dani McGarry says:

    I am also following you on twitter

  100. Dani McGarry says:

    I am following whole foods on twitter!

  101. Dani McGarry says:

    I drink lots of water and take vitamin C when I feel a cold coming on..

  102. I try to drink a bit mor liquid –like juice or plain old water.
    I tend towards more fruits and chicken soup. I also dose up on the vitamins.

  103. I hit my herbs hard. I have been trying to find a local source for the wellness formula. I cant find it anywhere here. So I guess I am going to have to order it. My hubbys boss told him about it a month ago.


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