Try Fighting Off A Cold With Products From Whole Foods

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.

elderberryGAIA 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.

wellnessSource 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.

eoWhole 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.

flueaseI 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 http://bit.ly/7B4DO1. 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 Random.org 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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109 Comments

  1. Shelley
    December 22, 2009 at 6:59 pm

    I take some dayquill or nyquill and jump in bed.

  2. Heather C
    December 22, 2009 at 12:41 pm
  3. Heather C
    December 22, 2009 at 12:41 pm

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  4. Heather C
    December 22, 2009 at 12:40 pm

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  5. Heather C
    December 22, 2009 at 12:40 pm

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

  6. Betty Curran
    December 22, 2009 at 12:27 pm

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

  7. Yvonne Bentley
    December 22, 2009 at 10:17 am

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

  8. Gianna
    December 22, 2009 at 10:08 am

    I make myself some chamomile tea and chicken soup.

  9. helenlam
    December 22, 2009 at 9:57 am

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

  10. DanV
    December 22, 2009 at 9:00 am

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

  11. allyson ayala
    December 22, 2009 at 8:30 am

    i love whole food homopathic dept

  12. Sharri
    December 21, 2009 at 9:10 pm

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

  13. Annemarie
    December 21, 2009 at 8:00 pm

    I subscribe via email.

  14. Annemarie
    December 21, 2009 at 7:59 pm

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

  15. sheila k.
    December 21, 2009 at 7:50 pm

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

  16. Sue
    December 21, 2009 at 7:20 pm

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

  17. Allison H
    December 21, 2009 at 6:33 pm

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

  18. H. Morris
    December 21, 2009 at 6:25 pm

    I take a hot bath, throw on some pajamas, pop a Vitamin C, and lounge with some warm tea!
    .-= H. Morris´s last blog ..Future Goals… =-.

  19. Angela Winesburg
    December 21, 2009 at 5:42 pm

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

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  21. Nan
    December 21, 2009 at 2:28 pm

    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.

  22. barbara wright
    December 21, 2009 at 12:38 pm
  23. barbara wright
    December 21, 2009 at 12:37 pm

    I Subscribe to the Whole Foods blog with google reader

  24. barbara wright
    December 21, 2009 at 12:36 pm

    I subscribe with google reader

  25. barbara wright
    December 21, 2009 at 12:36 pm

    I follow you on twitter – bsw529

  26. barbara wright
    December 21, 2009 at 12:35 pm

    I follow whole foods on twitter – bsw529

  27. barbara wright
    December 21, 2009 at 12:34 pm

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

  28. Janet F
    December 21, 2009 at 12:25 pm

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  29. Janet F
    December 21, 2009 at 12:24 pm

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

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  30. karen
    December 21, 2009 at 11:41 am

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

  31. December 21, 2009 at 9:32 am

    I make sure I’m completely warm and cozy and surround myself with bottles of water, orange juice, and green tea.
    .-= Erika´s last blog ..EcoSMART =-.

  32. Debbie C.
    December 21, 2009 at 3:20 am

    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!

  33. Erica C.
    December 21, 2009 at 2:01 am

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

  34. c allen
    December 21, 2009 at 12:05 am

    i take tons of vitamin c and drink tons of water

  35. Jessie C.
    December 21, 2009 at 12:01 am
  36. Jessie C.
    December 21, 2009 at 12:00 am

    Subscriber to the Whole Foods blog

  37. Jessie C.
    December 20, 2009 at 11:59 pm

    I’m a subscriber

  38. Jessie C.
    December 20, 2009 at 11:59 pm

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  39. Jessie C.
    December 20, 2009 at 11:59 pm

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  40. Jessie C.
    December 20, 2009 at 11:58 pm

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

  41. KEN M
    December 20, 2009 at 10:59 pm

    I DO NOT GET SICK EVER!!!
    AT BEST I WOULD MISS 1 DAY OF SCHOOL EVERY 15 YEARS.
    AND 1 DAY OF WORK EVERY 5 YEARS.
    SHOP HEALTHY EAT HEALTHY.
    ITS THE KEY TO GOOD HEALTH!!
    PLACES LIKE WHOLE FOODS IS A GREAT START!!

  42. Gayle Morgan
    December 20, 2009 at 9:46 am

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

  43. Emily R.
    December 19, 2009 at 3:23 pm

    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.

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  44. Sarah
    December 19, 2009 at 1:04 pm

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

  45. Benita G.
    December 19, 2009 at 10:41 am

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    December 19, 2009 at 10:41 am

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  47. Benita G.
    December 19, 2009 at 10:40 am

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

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  48. Pat
    December 19, 2009 at 7:25 am

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

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  49. Jennifer
    December 19, 2009 at 5:49 am

    We take Elderberry Syrup that we get from Whole Foods.

  50. Cathy
    December 18, 2009 at 11:11 pm

    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!

  51. Rosie
    December 18, 2009 at 6:59 pm

    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.

  52. Jimmy
    December 18, 2009 at 2:39 pm

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

  53. Melissa
    December 18, 2009 at 9:46 am

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

  54. Mellissa C
    December 18, 2009 at 8:21 am

    I take cod liver oil!

  55. Catherine
    December 18, 2009 at 7:07 am

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

  56. Renee C
    December 17, 2009 at 8:59 pm

    I take vitamins and drink more water.

  57. Christy
    December 17, 2009 at 8:41 pm

    I take goldenseal when I start to feel sick

  58. December 17, 2009 at 7:28 pm

    I follow via Google Friend Connect
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  59. December 17, 2009 at 7:27 pm

    I drink hot lemon water with ginger.

  60. Jen
    December 17, 2009 at 6:45 pm
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    December 17, 2009 at 6:44 pm

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    December 17, 2009 at 6:44 pm

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  63. Jen
    December 17, 2009 at 6:43 pm

    I drink tea and lots of orange juice!

  64. Pat
    December 17, 2009 at 4:56 pm

    When I start to feel sick I drink more water.

    Thanks for the contest. Happy holidays.

  65. allison
    December 17, 2009 at 4:13 pm

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

  66. Kelly
    December 17, 2009 at 2:49 pm

    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.

  67. Amber G
    December 17, 2009 at 1:32 pm

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

  68. Pat
    December 17, 2009 at 11:45 am

    I take more vitamin C and drink lots of water.

  69. Suzanne C.
    December 16, 2009 at 10:44 pm

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

  70. Leslie Price
    December 16, 2009 at 6:14 pm

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    December 16, 2009 at 6:14 pm

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    December 16, 2009 at 6:13 pm

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    December 16, 2009 at 6:13 pm

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  74. Leslie Price
    December 16, 2009 at 6:12 pm

    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.

  75. Katie
    December 16, 2009 at 1:46 pm

    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 =-.

  76. Cynthia C
    December 16, 2009 at 8:47 am

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

  77. Tricia Andrews
    December 15, 2009 at 1:08 pm

    I follow Whole Foods on Twitter. @TriciaInRaleigh

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    December 15, 2009 at 1:08 pm

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    December 15, 2009 at 1:07 pm

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  80. Tricia Andrews
    December 15, 2009 at 1:06 pm

    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!

  81. she
    December 15, 2009 at 6:43 am

    following you on google connect!

  82. she
    December 15, 2009 at 6:42 am

    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.

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    I’m following you on the Mothersclick twitter. (I’m a community manager there)
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  84. December 15, 2009 at 12:12 am

    I take airborne and I eat chicken soup!
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  85. Rebecca Graham
    December 14, 2009 at 11:28 pm
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    December 14, 2009 at 11:28 pm

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    December 14, 2009 at 11:27 pm

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  88. Rebecca Graham
    December 14, 2009 at 11:24 pm

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

  89. Stephanie V
    December 14, 2009 at 8:18 pm

    I make or buy a fresh fruit smoothie with immunity boost
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  90. December 14, 2009 at 5:10 pm

    I’m following Whole Foods on Twitter from @polopony95
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  91. December 14, 2009 at 5:09 pm

    I follow your wonderful blog!
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    I follow you on Twitter from @polopony95!
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  93. December 14, 2009 at 5:08 pm

    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 🙂
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  94. Carol
    December 14, 2009 at 4:14 pm

    subscriber

  95. Carol
    December 14, 2009 at 4:13 pm
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    December 14, 2009 at 4:12 pm

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    December 14, 2009 at 4:12 pm

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  98. Carol
    December 14, 2009 at 4:10 pm

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

  99. Lauralee Hensley
    December 14, 2009 at 12:48 pm

    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.

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    December 14, 2009 at 9:44 am

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  101. Dani McGarry
    December 14, 2009 at 9:43 am

    I also subscribed to the whole foods blog via google reader

  102. Dani McGarry
    December 14, 2009 at 9:41 am

    I am a subscriber to La Jolla Mom via google reader

  103. Dani McGarry
    December 14, 2009 at 9:39 am

    I am also following you on twitter
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  104. Dani McGarry
    December 14, 2009 at 9:39 am

    I am following whole foods on twitter!

  105. Dani McGarry
    December 14, 2009 at 9:36 am

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

  106. Maureen
    December 14, 2009 at 9:01 am

    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.

  107. Becca
    December 14, 2009 at 8:48 am

    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.