Love Wellness: Spring Wellness Tips for a Healthy Body and Mind
Let's be honest; this cold and flu season is hitting harder than ever. More people than ever are getting multiple colds and illnesses as we emerge from the long periods of COVID isolation and mingle immune systems. You may feel it even more than the general population if you're around little ones.
You know how uncomfortable it can be if you're sniffling through a cold, flu, sinus infection, or more. As wellness connoisseurs and dabblers, we at Lovewell thought we'd share some of our top natural cold and flu picks to support symptoms and bring relief as you navigate your cold, flu, or a new round of COVID.
Please note that none of us are medical doctors or even naturopaths, so this is no substitute for medical advice or seeking a doctor's care. We recommend you see them first and try these out if they are on board with you doing so.
That being said, here's a list of some supportive supplements and tips that have worked for us by symptom:
Top Pick: NeilMed sinus rinse or Neti Pot
Be sure to use filtered and warm water. Neil Med sinus packets are great as a saline rinse because they measure the correct salts and are ph balanced. The NeilMed squeeze bottle instructs using 2 oz of fluid per nostril, which is also a great way to make the process repetitive. If using a neti pot like this one, try to emulate the consistent formula espoused by NeilMed.
Ion Nasal Mist: the most moisturizing nasal spray we tried
Similasan Sinus Relief: Helpful if you have difficulty sleeping due to a clogged nose. This mist helps gently clear congestion.
Top Pick: Traditional Medicinal Throat Coat tea frozen into ice cubes and sucked on for pain relief. The numbing effect is fantastic, and the herbs are still delivered even when the tea is cold. Of course, drinking it warm with honey is also recommended.
Keeping a jar of salt water by the sink and gargling with it as often as possible.
B. Propolis Immune Spray: This honey and glycerin-based spray soothes an aching throat immediately and provides immune-boosting properties
Sanotize by Enovid Nasal spray - An Israeli antiviral nasal spray touted to stop viruses when they enter the nose, including COVID-19, with immune-boosting properties. Check out the studies.
Biocidin Daily Herbal Throat Spray - an immune-boosting and virus-killing throat spray
Add Chlorophyll to your water to increase mineral content, oxygenate your blood, help out your mitochondria, and get a mild natural energy boost.
Red Light Therapy - the new trend touted to help with circadian rhythm, mitochondrial function, mood, skin tone and texture, hair growth, and overall health and wellness. Learn more on The Huberman Podcast.
Top Pick: Pro-Som Melatonin-free sleep aid
These anti-inflammatory pills are allergen-free and contain L-theanine, Magnesium, magnolia, and a curcumin extract and work surprisingly well if you’re having trouble falling asleep or waking up in the middle of the night and want to avoid the heavy-hitting sleep medications or melatonin.
Hylands Calms Forte - this homeopathic medicine calms down an activated nervous system
Natural Calm Magnesium - while not a sleep aid, this supplement can help calm your nervous system, relax your muscles, help you sleep, and even constipation. (Please note that this link, unlike most others, is an affiliate link, meaning we make a tiny profit if you choose to buy this product. We have partnered with Natural Calm because it has worked well for some of us personally!)
Proboost Immune Support Supplement - This powder dissolves under the tongue and palpably gives you a boost when you’re feeling run-down.
Mushrooms: An equal parts blend of reishi, cordyceps, and chaga taken in water as a shot! Sunshine + Fresh Air - The most natural source of Vitamin D
A Vitamin D supplement (if you have a deficiency, this one can be important. Ask your doctor)
I hope these are helpful tips if you’re struggling with any of these cold and flu symptoms this spring. If you find yourself chronically run-down or sick, it’s worth examining that with your doctor and your lifestyle habits and thought patterns. Feel free to reach out for a complimentary consult with one of our wellness coaches or therapists to see if their wellness offerings could benefit you and help you identify blocks and create shifts in those patterns.
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