5 Great Immune Boosting Tonics
As we move into colder weather, it’s time for immune boosting tonics that fortify our bodies. Cold & flu season has already begun and it’s best to be proactive. Stock up on these favorites to warm the body, give it an immune boost, and enhance digestion and detoxification! Here are 5 of our favorites to add to your routine:
Golden Milk by Gaia
Here’s a traditional Ayurvedic health tonic made easy for you. It is a blend of turmeric, black pepper, ashwagandha, vanilla and dates. Turmeric provides anti-inflammatory support and is well-absorbed when combined with black pepper. It supports the liver and has been studied for its positive effects on Alzheimer’s, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis, pain, and inflammatory bowel disease, and more.
Ashwagandha is an adaptogen that helps the body react better to stress, improves thyroid health, and is a component in many sleep formulas. Vanilla boosts mood and dates are a great source of vitamins and minerals. Just add to your favorite milk—coconut, almond, hemp, rice, or cow’s milk. Add a teaspoon of ghee to promote colonic health, a pinch of saffron for a bigger mood boost, and 1-2 teaspoons of honey to desired sweetness and enjoy!
Adaptogen Blend by Four Sigmatic
An adaptogen is a natural substance that helps the body react better to everyday stresses and exerts a normalizing effect on all body processes. This superfood blend is loaded with them! Cordyceps mushroom has long been prized by Chinese athletes for improving lung capacity, and reishi has many balancing effects on the body. Mushrooms, with their high polysaccharide content, build the strength of the immune system.
Roots like ginseng, ginger and ashwagandha fortify the body. They strengthen resistance to germs, emotional upsets, and heavy work loads. Amla is an excellent source of Vitamin C, Tulsi calms stress and fights germs, there is more–gynostemma, tumeric, black pepper, and schisandra! Add to your coffee, make a tea out of it, or add it to your smoothie.
Earth by Healthforce Superfoods
Prepare for colder weather with this deeply nourishing mix. It is warming, grounding, nourishing and detoxifying. That’s because it’s loaded with nutrient-dense roots like astragalus, burdock, ashwagandha, ginger, and yacon that prepare the body for colder weather. It has immune-boosting reishi and chaga mushroom extracts. Flax and chia seeds provide omega-3 support. Add to miso broth, herbal tea, and vegetable soups. Use it to convert your summer smoothie or homemade salad dressing into perfect seasonal support.
Fire Cider by Shire City Herbals
Our customers couldn’t love this more! Raw apple cider vinegar and a great combination of herbs make up this great tonic. It stimulates digestion, keeps colds and flu away, delivers an energy pick-me-up, is great in dressings, and will nip a hangover. Find ginger, garlic, onion, horseradish, turmeric, habanero pepper, orange and lemon in this Certified Organic mix. Add to juice or tea, cook with it, or just throw a shot back!
Manuka Honey by Flora
Manuka honey is a special honey made in New Zealand from the nectar of the manuka tree. It has special immune benefits as it is antibacterial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory, and is high in antioxidants. Methylgloxyl (MGO) is responsible for some of these unique properties. The higher the MGO number, the stronger the product. This one comes in strengths of 100, 250, and 400 MGO.
Reputable brands like this one are UMF-certified by New Zealand’s Unique Manuka Factor Honey Association. This guarantees that the honey has been third-party tested to ensure that it contains three signature compound known to produce beneficial effects. In other words, you are getting what you pay for.
Because of its strong antimicrobial properties it is used for wound healing, promoting oral and digestive health, and for an antidote to cold and flu. Eat it on toast, drink in tea, or eat right off the spoon for immune-boosting power!