It’s the most wonderful time of the year… if you’re a germ. As the days grow shorter and a chill fills the air, we find ourselves yet again in a battle with Cold and Flu Season. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, adults have an average of 2-3 colds per year, and children have even more.
That’s why, every year, you enter these sickness prone months with an arsenal of self-care habits at the ready: You have your extra large water bottle to stay hydrated. You tell viruses, “not today!” with your travel size hand sanitizer. You exercise, eat right, and get plenty of shuteye. Sleeping Beauty has nothing on your sleep regiment. Your immune system is surely ironclad! Impenetrable!
And yet, despite your straight A efforts, you still find yourself with a pesky cold from time to time. There’s no need to be hard on yourself, though. After all, to everything there is a season. So, here are some top tips to stay healthy this winter and make it through the cold and flu season unscathed.Prep Yourself For Feeling Under The Weather With a Sick Day Kit
You can run, you can hide, but sometimes you just can’t outrun a cold or the flu. That’s where this toolbox of trusty immune system-boosting remedies comes in handy. You may consider the addition of some pharmaceutical-free options, so we’ve gathered three of our most favorite natural superheroes to share with you.
Meet The Super Trio
Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No it’s a mighty trio of Olive Leaf Extract, European Elderberry and Structured Silver Water.
Olive Leaves have been used medicinally for centuries- ask the Greeks! Research has shown that the olive leaf’s natural antioxidant, called Oleuropein, has strong antimicrobial effects and may aid in benefiting the immune system by fighting bacteria.
Elderberries are one of the most commonly used plants in the world for medicinal uses. Not only are they delicious when cooked, they are full of vitamin C, fiber, and antioxidants.
Studies have shown that they may reduce the severity and duration of colds and flus, and their antiviral properties may even help reduce the spread. Combined with other proactive measures like washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and avoiding touching your face with unwashed hands, this extract may also help set your immune system up for success.
- Structured silver water is believed to help stop viruses in their tracks and interfere with their growth. A 2010 study on wound dressings treated with a silver solution revealed that silver-containing solutions “would be valuable for inflammatory conditions of internal epithelial tissues including the lungs,” which supports the idea that silver water may offer helpful relief to chest related cold symptoms.
Having a cold can take a toll on the body, so we’ve combined the forces of these clean, all-natural ingredients to create our signature OLE-100 Complex that is found in our TriGuard Plus - Natural Immune Support Concentrate Dropper: a formula to help fortify the fortress of your immune system, which functions to protect your body from disease. And when combined with some of nature’s other superstars, we believe you and your family may tackle anything this Cold and Flu Season throws your way.
Beat the Sore Throat Blues
It’s no secret: having a scratchy, dry, irritated throat is just no fun. Drinking fluids, sucking on lozenges, and using topical throat sprays are common ways to keep your throat happy and lubricated.
The combination of our immunity boosting OLE-100 Complex with natural born soothing superstars Echinacea, Oregano, Peppermint, and Menthol in our TriGuard Plus Soothing Throat Spray may be the right fit to further help calm a sore throat.
At the first sign of a tickle, our users have said it helps them nip an oncoming cold right in the bud! And since it’s the perfect size to toss in a bag, you and your loved ones may get fast relief no matter where you are.
Send the Sniffles Out the Door
Have you ever heard of the phrase “as fun as a pile of tissues?” Neither have we. Runny noses and congestion are no joking matter. And blowing your nose doesn’t always necessarily clear your nasal passages. Oftentimes, when we’ve got a cold, it’s the swelling of the blood vessels in the nose that makes it difficult to inhale.
The anti-inflammatory properties of TriGuard Plus Soothing Nasal Spray may relieve this all too tiresome symptom, and even get you breathing more clearly sooner. Some users say they’ve experienced a more restful night’s sleep. Plus, since it’s alcohol free, there is no burning, dripping, or discomfort.
Get a Respiratory Reboot
No one enjoys a cough with chest congestion. When mucus settles in the lungs, our body’s impulse is to cough and try to clear it up, which can cause even more fatigue. Some natural ways to loosen up that mucus and make coughs more productive include drinking fluids with honey, lemon, thyme or peppermint, as well as gargling with warm salt water.
Mullein, a plant known for its soothing expectorant properties, is commonly used as a remedy for clearing chest congestion. We’ve paired Mullein Extract with Olive Leaf and Elderberry Extracts to create TriGuard Plus Mullein, a potent and natural respiratory support that aims to give your immune system an extra boost when fighting off sickness. Our users say it’s easy to swallow and has a great, sweet taste!
Try Nature’s Helping Hand
We know being stuck at home with a sore throat, cough, and congestion leaves you feeling just plain lousy. While there is no cure for the common cold or flu, when you’re feeling under the weather, it’s only natural to want to seek out remedies to help you feel better as your body works to heal itself.
When considering natural supplements, we hope we’ve taken some of the guesswork out of deciding what to add to your self-care toolbox. Armed with the products in our TriGuard Plus line, we hope you’ll be doing the things you love, with the people you love, all year long.