Why we get sick during winter and how to prevent it

Why We Get Sick During Winter and How to Prevent It

There are many factors that affect how we get sick, when we get sick, how badly we get sick, and for how long. Some of these factors we have a say in, and some not so much.

Colds are caused by bacteria and viruses, however each year when the temperature outside drops, there is a surge in respiratory infections. We often associate these symptoms with the weather around us, such as being in cold rain with no jacket, but this may not be the case. According to Dr. William Schaffner, an infectious disease expert at the Vanderbilt University of Tennessee, “Respiratory infections are transferred more readily in the winter”. This is for a few reasons, none of them being cold rain or wet clothes.

Number One: Viruses and bacteria thrive in cold conditions. The lack of humidity and moisture in the air evaporates faster, allowing the virus to remain in the air for a significantly longer time than if it was in humidity.

Number Two: We tend to spend a lot more time indoors in the winter season, inevitably prolonging our face-to face contact, as well as our germ exposure.

The best way to reduce your risk of getting sick is by strengthening your immune system. Things like washing your hands with soapy water, getting good amounts of sleep, staying hydrated, eating a good diet, and adding immune boosting herbs to your daily regimen, are all things that will help boost immunity.

Below we’ve compiled a list of our most recommended herbs to help prepare your immune system for the “cold” season as well as some of our best products containing those herbs. These products help to prevent sickness by boosting immunity but can also be used to help alleviate cold symptoms for those times you do catch a bug!

Top Herbs/ Products for Flu Season: 

1. Echinacea

Echinacea is one of the most popular and widely recognized herbs to support a healthy immune system. All species of echinacea contain phenolic compounds, which work in combination to produce immune-enhancing substances. Phenols have antioxidant properties, which have been shown to support overall wellness. Echinacea may even prevent infection by revving up your immune system, as Echinacea increases the micro phalanges (infection fighting white blood cells) ability to fight germs.

Top Recommended Products for Flu Season Containing Echinacea:

-Echinacea Blend Herbal Extract: A combination of three types of Echinacea in one blend.

-Echinosha Syrup with Elderberry: All the benefits of Echinacea with the soothing power and sweet taste of Elderberry.

-Honey ‘N Propolis Throat Spray: Coat your throat with long lasting relief and a yummy honey taste.

 

2. Elderberry

Many people consider the Elderberry plant to be one of the most powerful for preventing and treating colds. Elderberry fruit and flowers have been used for centuries in folk medicine, commonly made into syrups or lozenges to relieve coughs. Some researchers even claim Elderberry syrups can help shorten the duration of some illnesses and make them less severe.

Top Recommended Products for Flu Season Containing Elderberry:

Elderberry Extract: An extract to keep you feeling balanced and provide positive effects to the immune system.

Echinosha Syrup with Elderberry: All the benefits of Echinacea with the soothing power and sweet taste of Elderberry in a convenient syrup.

 

3. Mullein Leaf

The Mullein plant has been around for thousands of years and has a reputation as a respiratory remedy. The most commonly used part of the plant is the leaf and it's been used historically to help treat cough, congestion and pain. The velvety leaves are soothing to the respiratory tract and mucous membranes and said to promote healthy lungs.  

Top Recommended Products for Flu Season Containing Mullein Leaf:

-Mullein Leaf Extract: All the benefits of Mullein Leaf in one bottle

-Lung Renewal: A cleansing formula targeting the lungs and respiratory system

-Bronchial Strength: Supports bronchial passageways and lung health

 

4. Yerba Mansa Root

Yerba Mansa Root is an herb used commonly for treating cold symptoms, it has been used historically by the Southwest and Native Americans for a variety of ailments, specifically referring to systems in the body that have become stagnant, interrupting the flow of fluids in our body. This herb is very popular for dealing with thick phlegm and reducing mucus. In addition to supporting our natural immune responses, this herb can break up congestion allowing our body to recover quicker.

Top Recommended Products for Flu Season Containing Yerba Mansa Root:

-Nettles Decongestant: Designed to clear our congestion and promote a proper inflammatory response.

-Echinosha Herbal Extract: A combination of potent herbs for supporting immune health.

-Lung Renewal: A cleansing formula targeting the lungs and respiratory system.

 

5. Osha root

Many traditional and holistic health communities consider Osha to be a plant medicine panacea, it has been used for centuries by Native Americans and thought to be a useful agent in combatting respiratory conditions. Osha root contains several antioxidants and antimicrobial properties that may reduce inflammation and protect lungs from viruses and infections. It has even been used as a decongestant to help treat the flu and common cold. When taken regularly, this root can do wonders for strengthening immunity and battling respiratory ailments.

 Top Recommended Products for Flu Season Containing Osha Root:

-Echinosha Herbal Extract: A combination of potent herbs for supporting immune health.

-Cough Calming Blend: A combination of expectorant herbs designed to calm a cough fast and effectively.

-Honey ‘N Propolis Throat Spray: Coat your throat with long lasting relief and a yummy honey taste.

 

6. Astragalus Root

Astragalus Root has been a highly valued herb used primarily in Chinese and other Asian cultures for a very long time due to its value in supporting a healthy immune system and its many rejuvenation properties. Astragalus Root is an adaptogen, meaning it helps the body react to and recover from mental and physical stress by supporting normal adrenal function. Regular intake of this herb can be a wonderful preventive measure for maintaining overall health and building stronger immunity in times of sickness.

Top Recommended Products for Flu Season Containing Astragalus Root:

 -Astragalus Root Extract: All the benefits of the Astragalus Root bottled up for your convenience.

-Daily Immune Complex Herbal Extract: All the benefits of Astragalus Root combined with a blend of immune supporting mushrooms.

 

Ready to stock up on some herbal products? Buy now and save 10% on select herbs for a limited time! 

Lung Renewal

Nettles Decongestant

Daily Immune Complex Herbal Extract

Echinosha Syrup with Elderberry

Echinacea Blend Herbal Extract

Honey ‘N Propolis Throat Spray

 

 

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