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Natural Cold Remedies

 

Fighting a nasty cold? An average of 2-3 times a year, most adults suffer through the effects of the common cold including sore throat, runny nose, sneezing, coughing, headaches and body aches. There is no cure for the common cold. Over-the-counter medicines mask symptoms but often have side effects people would like to avoid. Here are some natural cold remedies to lessen the misery and support your recovery!

Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate

No surprise to hear us shouting this from the rooftops. In any recovery, staying hydrated is essential. When dealing with a cold, drinking plenty of water helps to prevent respiratory secretions from getting thick and making it difficult to expel. If plain old water is hard to get down, it’s helps to add lemon which is high in Vitamin C and assists in loosening up stuffiness and congestion. Hot tea is also soothing for a sore throat, stuffy nose and congestion and adding honey to it will help with coughs. Just be sure to reach for the decaf. Caffeine is dehydrating, making caffeinated teas, coffee and soda the last thing your body needs to recover. Also, as we’ve discussed in previous posts, stay away from sugar loaded sports drinks. If you are looking to replenish electrolytes, re:iimmune’s hydrobiotic formula was created to address poor hydration, a weakened immune system and intestinal inflammation which affects immunity. re:iimmune provides isotonic, clinical strength hydration along with a prebiotic, probiotics, electrolytes, L-Glutamine, Zinc and Ginger and it’s sugar free!

Simple Soothers

When you are suffering from a cold, it’s all about finding ways to soothe the symptoms to make yourself more comfortable. We mentioned adding some honey into your tea above and you may even want to ingest a tablespoon or two all on it’s own if one of the symptoms you are struggling with is a nasty cough. Honey has been shown to be as or even more effective at controlling and soothing coughs than over the counter cough medicines.

When we’re sick, our nasal passages go into overdrive, swelling up and producing more mucus to try to drive the virus out. An easy and effective way to calm them down is using a saline spray which helps to loosen mucus and moisturize the nasal passages. If all that mucus is irritating your throat, a saltwater gargle can also provide relief.

Another irritating symptom? The sore nose that inevitably comes from blowing it so much. Using a little dab of coconut oil will moisturize your nose and help prevent it from getting raw and sore.

We’ve included some links to other great natural cold remedies, including essential oils that bring relief and why chicken soup really might deserve it’s cold remedy reputation. Hope you’re feeling better soon!

 

Chicken soup

How To Make Homemade Vapo Rub

15 Essential Oils for Cough, Cold and Congestion

#TBT – Eucalyptus – History and Benefits

Spices, herbs, tinctures and essential oils have been used for millennia to season our food, heal our bodies and boost our spirits. In our Throwback Thursday (#TBT) series, we at re:iimmune will take you back in history to learn how these gifts from Mother Nature have been used. We’ll focus on their use through the ages and beneficial purposes in regard to nutrition, natural health and household care. Today the spotlight is on eucalyptus!

Eucalyptus is a native plant of Australia where there are over 700 varieties. Aboriginal people considered them a general “cure-all” and the trees have been utilized for paper, mulch, fuel, as windbreakers and for fighting malaria. Because it has an extensive root system it can absorb large quantities of water and so it was intentionally planted in marshy, malaria infested areas to dry up the soil. The plant is also a good example of why humans have to be careful introducing non-native species. In the 1850’s during the California Gold Rush, thousands of acres of eucalyptus trees were planted in the state. Since the climate is similar to parts of Australia, the hope was that it could serve as a renewable source of timber for all sorts of construction including railroad ties for an ever expanding railroad system. However the timber wasn’t suitable for railroad ties as the wood has a tendency to twist when drying. Unfortunately eucalyptus trees release compounds which inhibit other plant species from growing nearby, it’s an invasive species and a fire hazard in a state plagued by drought and wildfires.

All that said, eucalyptus has some wonderful health and wellness benefits and has been used from ancient to modern times for respiratory ailments like bronchitis, coughs and flu. During World War 1, the oil was in high demand to help control a meningitis outbreak and as a treatment during the terrible influenza breakout in 1919. The plant is antiviral, antifungal, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory, plus it’s a natural decongestant. Studies have shown that for people suffering from non-bacterial sinusitis, symptoms improve faster when given medicine containing eucalyptus oil. It’s also used as a remedy for sore throats and can provide relief when mixed with warm water and used as a gargle solution.

With it’s cool and refreshing smell, eucalyptus has also been used to do away with sluggishness and promote mental alertness. For those suffering from asthma, massaging a few drops onto the chest and inhaling the vapors helps to calm the throat and dilate blood vessels allowing more oxygen into the lungs. The oil is also useful in dental care, the treatment of lice, as a foot deodorizer and skin coolant and for sore muscles. Below are links to some ways to incorporate eucalyptus into your wellness routine.

Cooling Foot and Shoe Deodorizer

Homemade Chest Rub

Frozen Eucalyptus Towels

Cold or Flu? Tips to Tell and Ways to Deal

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Got the sniffly, sneezy blues? First things first, you gotta know your enemy! In the beginning stages of sickness you might be wondering if what you are dealing with is a cold or flu. Today we are sharing some helpful ways to figure out which monster you are battling and common myths to dispel.

The symptoms are very similar but one of the first ways to tell if you are dealing with a cold or flu is how quickly it comes on. A sudden onset of symptoms such as respiratory issues, fever, chills, aches and intense tiredness typically point to the flu. If what you are dealing with is a stuffy nose and sore throat, with none of the other symptoms just described, then it’s a common cold. Vomiting is a sign of neither, but instead is a sign of a stomach bug. Flu is a respiratory illness, not a digestive illness. It’s really important to figure out what you are dealing with because if it is the flu then there are prescription antiviral medications specifically formulated to lessen the symptoms and duration. However, those medications are most effective if taken within the first 48 hours of the onset of symptoms.

Now to dispel some of those myths floating around there about the cold and flu. . .

“Feed a cold, starve a fever”

Nope. Your cold is not gonna budge just because you are filling up the tank. And a fever doesn’t lessen just because your tummy is grumbling. In any case, you need to eat healthy to give your body the essential nutrients it needs to repair itself. Not a myth? Chicken soup really is good for a cold and at providing relief from your symptoms.

“You need antibiotics”

Wrong. A cold or flu are both caused by viruses. Antibiotics only work on bacterial infections. Taking antibiotics when you don’t really need them lessens their effectiveness when you really do. So unless a doctor has diagnosed you with a bacterial infection, don’t go this route.

“Cold weather is to blame. Bundle up or you’ll get sick”

Negative. As just mentioned, colds and the flu are viruses spread person to person. However, those roller coaster temperatures we experience in the fall can play havoc with your sinuses. Just don’t go blaming the weather for your cold or flu.

“You need to sweat it out”

Absolutely not! Dehydration can be dangerous and the exact opposite is what you need. Staying hydrated is essential to recover from illness. Our re:iimmune Hydrobiotic Recovery Formula has balancing electrolytes to help provide maximum rehydration.

Shake it Off!

Why Wednesday 

lezley_Dhonau“After a 4 month run of colds, flu, stomach ache and sickness- I felt unable to shake off the last of it each time to be able to fully recover. I then got hit with oral thrush which really told me my guts were not in a good way and I suspected I was chronically dehydrated too. With just the first few mouthfuls of re:iimmune I feel uplifted and more energized. It’s like drinking a fresh coconut…you know it is good – it feels like it is instantly boosting your health!  I changed the food I eat to clean out my system, but the re:iimmune has been a key part of recovering fully and resetting my gut to a healthier state, and no cramping. I am passionate about only putting natural foods in my body and re:iimmune fits this need for me. It is now a firm addition to my medical kit.” -L. Dhonau
Those first few hints of a cold or flu normally send you running for the medicine cabinet with determination. You tell yourself “I will not let this slow me down!” If you begin to fight it early on, you just might be fortunate enough to kick the infection before it’s got you stuck to your bed for a week or so. Although, when an infection does take up roots, it may send you on a downward spiral that can last weeks, or months before you fully recover. When you eventually do recover, you are often left with a compromised immune system, and the after effects that most common symptom relievers leave behind. Chronic illness patients can attest to the fact that feeling ill for long periods of time can feel discouraging, but don’t give up. After you’ve conquered an illness, it’s important to remember that your immune system has taken a hit and will be left more vulnerable to further infection even after your symptoms have cleared up.
The illness recovery formula in re:iimmune® contains just what your body needs in order to shake off an infection, or infections. Hydration is a key component to your body’s ability to create healthy cells and a strong immune system. Often times, when you’re experiencing cold and flu symptoms, drinking fluids is easier said than done, and your hydration levels drop as a result. The ginger root in re:iimmune® helps to soothe an upset stomach as the Clinical Strength Hydration® Formula, and multi strain pre and probiotic blend, get to balancing out your body’s hydration and intestinal immune support needs. Since re:iimmune® is sugar free, and doesn’t contain toxic coloring agents, your body won’t have to spend it’s energy figuring out what to protect itself against and what to use to heal itself. Since nearly 70% of your body’s immune system is located in  your intestines, our intestinal immune support formula boosts the very core of your immune system while helping you get back up on your feet.
Take a tip from our friend in the U.K.- keep re:iimmune® as a firm addition to your medical kit, and get better, better™!

Tried and True Health Tips to Get Better, Better!

You may not realize it, but your body has an amazing ability to heal itself after a serious injury or illness. Although medicine has come a long way, and should not be takin for granted, it’s important to recognize and take responsibility for our part in recovery. If you are recovering from an illness, a severe injury or just trying to maintain a healthy immune system, it would be in your best interest to observe these health truths.

  • Food is Medicine: Most of us have felt that swell of pride wheneat for health, stay healthy with re:iimmune we reach around the box of donuts and grab a piece of fruit instead, but that momentary feeling of elation often fades by dinner time as we find ourselves reaching for that second helping of buttery mashed potatoes, or a heaping pile of cheesy pasta. Hungry yet? The truth is, our brains react to food with the same addictive stimulation as it would with any other drug. It doesn’t help that portions are larger than ever, and that processed, feel good treats are more accessible than they have ever been. On top of the temptation to indulge, is the confusion; with every diet fad in the book being thrown around at us from all angles. It can become overwhelming to decipher what approach to take when it comes to a healthy diet. Our mantra? Keep it simple. Say no to carb heavy, processed foods that will drain your energy and leave you feeling lethargic. Say yes to whole fruits and vegetables and lean proteins, and most importantly, enjoy the food you eat! Branch out with some new recipes that abide by these principles, but still leave your mouth watering.

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  • Sleep Offers So Much More Than Beauty: Your body can cope without food for about a month, without water for up to a week, but sleep? Your body will start shutting down after 48 hours of sleep deprivation. http://www.everydayhealth.com/conditions/what-happens-when-you-dont-sleep-days/ Sleep benefits every aspect of our health, both physically and emotionally, from your heart health, mental stability, and weight control. So go ahead, hit that snooze button one more time, skip that last episode on Netflix, and hit the sack an extra hour early- your body will thank you!

 

  • Exercise Your Way to Health: Get moving! Culturally we tend to complicate this concept, but the simple truth is this; move more. That’s it! It doesn’t take expensive gym memberships, hours of intense weight lifting, or fancy gadgets to “exercise”. Find what works best for you, your budget, and your lifestyle. For me, it’s as simple as taking my dog on a 30-minute walk, or heading to the YMCA for a group yoga class. It gets your blood flowing while simultaneously moving toxins out of your body, and pumping endorphins back through your system. Maybe you’d be more comfortable bicycling through nature, tuning into your favorite in home work out routine, or joining a kick boxing club. However you choose to make exercise your own, own it! The benefits to your health are endless.

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At Make People Better, we are passionate about enabling people to take control of their own health. Every day we have opportunities to improve our health, and one step at a time we want to inspire your journey! Don’t forget, the Clinical Strength Hydration® and Intestinal Immune support found in re:iimmune® is the perfect accompaniment to your healthy lifestyle. Get better, better!

What is Your Why?

Why Wednesday

When Dr. Kerri Miller was taking her first steps towards the creation of reiimmune, the book “Start With Why” by Simon Sinek was a life changing inspiration that played a part in the foundation of the development of reiimmune. So it’s only natural that we want to know your “why”.

Here’s Sarah’s WHY:

“I love drinking re:iimmune because it helps keep me balanced after a crazy season of transition and a new job. I know my immune system took a hit this winter when I had to take antibiotics for the first time in 6 years, and re:iimmune helped my gut health and in turn, my immune system. Now I am in a habit of drinking it regularly. It helps me stay hydrated and healthy, even during a stressful work week, and my dog is thankful I have the energy to keep up with him!” -Sarah

Why do you reiimmune?

Stay tuned for your weekly WHY Wednesday!

It Takes G.U.T.S. To Get Well

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Gut health is all the rage! Are you on board? Well you should be and here’s why: studies show that nearly 75% of your immune system is located in your guts. Your gut health has been linked to everything from depression and anxiety, to skin disorders and severe diseases. We’ve all heard the saying “you are what you eat!”-now we’re taking this concept to a cellular level.

When Dr. Kerri Miller developed this revolutionary recovery formula, re:iimmune®, she recognized a critical piece missing within our health care system. The medical community has made advancements so unfathomably incredible, it’s a little hard to believe. With the help of skilled surgeons you can be given your eye sight back, they literally give you a new set of eyes…new limbs, new hearts, new noses and chins! With the help of Chemotherapy and antibiotics, diseases that would otherwise steal our precious time on earth, are slowed and even defeated. Yet, all of these intense accomplishments are met with intense trauma to our bodies, she saw a solution to making the recovery process a smoother journey for everyone.

Now, it would be nice if we could just hand you a box of re:iimmune®, pat you on the back, and promise that was all it took to insure a smooth recovery, but the truth is, re:iimmune® is just one piece of the equation. As a nurse practitioner, Dr. Miller has put together a four part plan to pair with re:iimmune® that will assist any patient with their recovery process regardless of the ailment they’re facing. Over the coming weeks we will be addressing each of these crucial parts to the puzzle and rolling out the why behind our G.U.T.S.– Stay tuned!

The Facts–Walgreens

Maybe you’ve walked past it lined up on a shelf at your local pharmacy, or seen an ad pop up as you were scrolling through your favorite sites, but what do you really know about re:iimmune®?

Well here are THE FACTS; re:iimmune® was created by Springfield Missouri Native, Dr. Kerri Miller– she saw a missing link in our health care system and set out to find the solution, an over the counter, illness recovery formula that will help you get better, better at home.

re:iimmune® combines clinical strength hydration, with a prebiotic and 14 probiotics for intestinal immune support, a dose of zinc for extra immune boosting power, ginger– to soothe nausea, and L-glutamine to aid in repairing intestinal tissue. This powerful pack of essential nutrients pairs well with a balanced anti-inflammatory diet, and to top it all off, it is made with organic agave (prebiotic), all natural flavoring, and is sugar and gluten free.

Where can you find it, you ask? Good question! re:iimmune® has been on shelves locally since August of 2014 and we are proud to announce you can now also find re:iimmune® at one of four Walgreens in the Springfield Missouri area.

 

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Not in Springfield? Check out our store locator to find a location near you.

Now that you know the facts, we want to help you get better, better! For more information on re:iimmune® click here.

 

 

Walgreens Store Locations
Address City State Zip Code
1955 S National Ave Springfield MO 65804
2640 E. Sunshine Springfield MO 65804
2951 S. Campbell Springfield MO 65807
1349 E Republic Rd Springfield MO 65804

What’s New About the Flu…

The truth is, the flu is old news. Every year we are blasted with warnings of the approaching flu season, ads on TV of sniffly moms and dads, construction workers miserably trudging around in the cold, children with thermometers poking out of their mouths and disheveled business men trying to make it through their work day- directing us to the latest and greatest symptom reliever. The ugly truth is that the flu isn’t just another seasonal inconvenience, but a serious problem—in fact, thousands of people die each year from flu related symptoms which pose the greatest threats to children and elderly adults.

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When the flu hits you, or your family, what is your plan of action? Most likely you run to the medicine cabinet for a variety of decongestants, cough remedies, hot teas and vitamin C. While immediate relief from your symptoms aids in allowing you to rest more comfortably (which is vital to recovery) we also have to focus in on the foundation of our health: the immune system. There are many commonly referenced immune boosters that we’ve all become familiar with, but did you know that 75% of your immune system resides in the digestive system? Without giving your digestive system the proper fuel it needs to restore itself, your body won’t have the strength it requires to ward off infection properly.

Our bodies are made up of nearly 90% bacteria, both good and bad. When your health is under attack it’s best to fight back by strengthening your good bacteria with pre and probiotics, essential nutrients and Clinical Strength Hydration™. Without proper hydration levels, your cells won’t have the strength they need to do their jobs efficiently and ward off illness. The same goes for your digestive system, without the power to ward off the bad bacteria residing in your gut, your immune system is left in a vulnerable position.

Our suggestion? Hold on to your favorite relief product, settle in with some “feel good” movies, steep a pot of hot tea, and mix yourself up a glass of re:iimmune®! With it’s multi-stain blend of pre and probiotics, Clinical Strength Hydration™, a powerful punch of L-glutamine that works to rebuild your intestinal tissue, and ginger root that soothes and repairs your digestive flow, your immune system will thank you. re:iimmune® was specifically formulated to help you get better, better™!