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Try Fighting Off A Cold With Products From Whole Foods

when to keep sick preschooler home from school

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.

Photo credit: istockphoto/Kobyakov

109 Comments
  • Shelley - December 22, 2009

    I take some dayquill or nyquill and jump in bed.

  • Heather C - December 22, 2009

  • Heather C - December 22, 2009

    I follow you on twitter – choochoo428

  • Heather C - December 22, 2009

    I follow wholefoods on twitter – choochoo428

  • Heather C - December 22, 2009

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

  • Betty Curran - December 22, 2009

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

  • Yvonne Bentley - December 22, 2009

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

  • Gianna - December 22, 2009

    I make myself some chamomile tea and chicken soup.

  • helenlam - December 22, 2009

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

  • DanV - December 22, 2009

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

  • allyson ayala - December 22, 2009

    i love whole food homopathic dept

  • Sharri - December 21, 2009

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

  • Annemarie - December 21, 2009

    I subscribe via email.

  • Annemarie - December 21, 2009

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

  • sheila k. - December 21, 2009

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

  • Sue - December 21, 2009

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

  • Allison H - December 21, 2009

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

  • H. Morris - December 21, 2009

    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… =-.

  • Angela Winesburg - December 21, 2009

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

  • Nan - December 21, 2009

    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.

  • barbara wright - December 21, 2009

  • barbara wright - December 21, 2009

    I Subscribe to the Whole Foods blog with google reader

  • barbara wright - December 21, 2009

    I subscribe with google reader

  • barbara wright - December 21, 2009

    I follow you on twitter – bsw529

  • barbara wright - December 21, 2009

    I follow whole foods on twitter – bsw529

  • barbara wright - December 21, 2009

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

  • Janet F - December 21, 2009

    I follow Whole Foods on Twitter – Janetfaye

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  • Janet F - December 21, 2009

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

    janetfaye (at) gmail (dot) com

  • karen - December 21, 2009

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

  • Erika - December 21, 2009

    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 =-.

  • Debbie C. - December 21, 2009

    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!

  • Erica C. - December 21, 2009

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

  • c allen - December 21, 2009

    i take tons of vitamin c and drink tons of water

  • Jessie C. - December 21, 2009

  • Jessie C. - December 21, 2009

    Subscriber to the Whole Foods blog

  • Jessie C. - December 20, 2009

    I’m a subscriber

  • Jessie C. - December 20, 2009

    Follow you on Twitter: @lajollamom
    @tcarolinep

  • Jessie C. - December 20, 2009

    Follow @WholeFoods on Twitter @tcaorlinep

  • Jessie C. - December 20, 2009

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

  • KEN M - December 20, 2009

    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!!

  • Gayle Morgan - December 20, 2009

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

  • Emily R. - December 19, 2009

    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.

    mscoffee77(AT)juno(DOT)com

  • Sarah - December 19, 2009

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

  • Benita G. - December 19, 2009

    Follower by GFC.

    bgcchs(at)yahoo(dot)com

  • Benita G. - December 19, 2009

    Email subscriber.

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  • Benita G. - December 19, 2009

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

    bgcchs(at)yahoo(dot)com

  • Pat - December 19, 2009

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

    Thanks for the contest. Best wishes for splendid holidays and only
    happy days in the new year.

  • Jennifer - December 19, 2009

    We take Elderberry Syrup that we get from Whole Foods.

  • Cathy - December 18, 2009

    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!

  • Rosie - December 18, 2009

    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.

  • Jimmy - December 18, 2009

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

  • Melissa - December 18, 2009

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

  • Mellissa C - December 18, 2009

    I take cod liver oil!

  • Catherine - December 18, 2009

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

  • Renee C - December 17, 2009

    I take vitamins and drink more water.

  • Christy - December 17, 2009

    I take goldenseal when I start to feel sick

  • Melissa - December 17, 2009

    I follow via Google Friend Connect
    .-= Melissa´s last blog ..An Exciting Giveaway from Pure2Raw! =-.

  • Melissa - December 17, 2009

    I drink hot lemon water with ginger.

  • Jen - December 17, 2009

  • Jen - December 17, 2009

    Following you on Twitter (genny315)

  • Jen - December 17, 2009

    Following Whole Foods on Twitter (genny315)

  • Jen - December 17, 2009

    I drink tea and lots of orange juice!

  • Pat - December 17, 2009

    When I start to feel sick I drink more water.

    Thanks for the contest. Happy holidays.

  • allison - December 17, 2009

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

  • Kelly - December 17, 2009

    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.

  • Amber G - December 17, 2009

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

  • Pat - December 17, 2009

    I take more vitamin C and drink lots of water.

  • Suzanne C. - December 16, 2009

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

  • Leslie Price - December 16, 2009

    Retweeted lprice79

  • Leslie Price - December 16, 2009

    Following you on Google Friend Connect.

  • Leslie Price - December 16, 2009

    Following you on Twitter as lprice79.

  • Leslie Price - December 16, 2009

    Following WFM on Twitter as lprice79.

  • Leslie Price - December 16, 2009

    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.

  • Katie - December 16, 2009

    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 =-.

  • Cynthia C - December 16, 2009

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

  • Tricia Andrews - December 15, 2009

    I follow Whole Foods on Twitter. @TriciaInRaleigh

  • Tricia Andrews - December 15, 2009

    I follow you on Twitter!
    @TriciaInRaleigh

  • Tricia Andrews - December 15, 2009

    I follow your blog with Google Friend Connect: Tricia31

  • Tricia Andrews - December 15, 2009

    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!

  • she - December 15, 2009

    following you on google connect!

  • she - December 15, 2009

    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.

  • Cynthia - December 15, 2009

    I’m following you on the Mothersclick twitter. (I’m a community manager there)
    .-= Cynthia´s last blog ..Win a Holiday Gift Basket from Glade =-.

  • Cynthia - December 15, 2009

    I take airborne and I eat chicken soup!
    .-= Cynthia´s last blog ..Win a Holiday Gift Basket from Glade =-.

  • Rebecca Graham - December 14, 2009

  • Rebecca Graham - December 14, 2009

    Following lajollamom on Twitter: rhoneygee

  • Rebecca Graham - December 14, 2009

    Following Whole Foods on Twitter: rhoneygee

  • Rebecca Graham - December 14, 2009

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

  • Stephanie V - December 14, 2009

    I make or buy a fresh fruit smoothie with immunity boost
    tvollowitz at aol dot com

  • Reyna - December 14, 2009

    I’m following Whole Foods on Twitter from @polopony95
    .-= Reyna´s last blog ..CoffeeShop Blog =-.

  • Reyna - December 14, 2009

    I follow your wonderful blog!
    .-= Reyna´s last blog ..CoffeeShop Blog =-.

  • Reyna - December 14, 2009

    I follow you on Twitter from @polopony95!
    .-= Reyna´s last blog ..CoffeeShop Blog =-.

  • Reyna - December 14, 2009

    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 =-.

  • Carol - December 14, 2009

    subscriber

  • Carol - December 14, 2009

  • Carol - December 14, 2009

    follow you on Twitter cdziuba

  • Carol - December 14, 2009

    Follow @WholeFoods on Twitter cdziuba

  • Carol - December 14, 2009

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

  • Lauralee Hensley - December 14, 2009

    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.

  • Dani McGarry - December 14, 2009

    I tweeted about this giveaway! @danimcgarry
    http://twitter.com/danimcgarry/status/6666489235

  • Dani McGarry - December 14, 2009

    I also subscribed to the whole foods blog via google reader

  • Dani McGarry - December 14, 2009

    I am a subscriber to La Jolla Mom via google reader

  • Dani McGarry - December 14, 2009

    I am also following you on twitter
    @danimcgarry

  • Dani McGarry - December 14, 2009

    I am following whole foods on twitter!

  • Dani McGarry - December 14, 2009

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

  • Maureen - December 14, 2009

    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.

  • Becca - December 14, 2009

    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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