Supplement Recommendations for Staying Healthy in Winter

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Research has shown that people are 80% more likely to get an infection in winter. Colds and influenza are common infections that are caused by viruses transmitted when an infected person coughs or sneezes and spreads contaminated droplets through the air. Living in a city like Hong Kong, where we come into contact with many people each day, we are constantly exposed to all these viruses constantly.

The strength of your immune system is an important factor in your vulnerability, so boosting your immunity is the key in staying healthy. However, if unfortunately you have succumbed to a cold or flu, there are some good remedies that can help you to a speedier recovery as well.

IMI's naturopathic practitioners recommend these effective supplements and herbs to you and your family:


Seeking Health Optimal Multivitamin Powder - Natural Cherry Flavour

The product has a balanced blend of minerals and trace elements essential for boosting immunity, in forms that are typically well tolerated and easily absorbed. It is a genuine quality nutritional supplement that is free of sugar. It is physician formulated to provide extra amounts of important antioxidants C and E, plus high potency, active B vitamins, magnesium and zinc. This formula provides good levels of both these minerals and at levels that are safe for long-term use.

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Medlab NanoCelle™ D3+K2 (30ml spray)

Studies revealed that up to 60% of the population in Hong Kong is vitamin D deficient. Those who are deficient in vitamin D have nearly twice the frequency of colds over the winter months. This spray delivers vitamin D3 and K2 via the skin liming in the mouth, thus bypassing the gastrointestinal tract by better absorption. Each spray contains about 150IU of vitamin D3. It strengthens immunity and reduces symptoms of lungs allergies and infections.

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BioticJnr.™ (60g powder)
With human strains of Lactobacillus and Bifidobacteria probiotic plus Saccharomyces and Lactoferrin to promote gut and immune maturation. The selected probiotic species have demonstrated safety and efficacy to help maintain healthy digestive function, better growth rates, and immunity that may assist in the management of allergies including eczema in infants, both pre-term and full-term.

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Klaire Labs® Ther-Biotic® Complete Probiotics

It is important to take probiotic supplement daily to replenish the good bacteria in order to keep up your immunity. This high potency blend of 12 strains of probiotics, a combination of colonizing and transient helpful bacteria is carefully chosen and formulated to provide broad coverage to support a healthy balance of microflora across the whole gastrointestinal tract.

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Manuka-C™ (Orange Mango Flavoured Powder)

Manuka honey has been used for centuries in the treatment of infections having some proven anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory activities. Manuka-C is a yummy blend of vitamin C, zinc and manuka honey for symptomatic relief of upper respiratory tract infection. With added Glutathione for extra immune support. Children loves it!

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If unfortunately you have succumbed to an infection, these remedies should be able to help you to a speedier recovery:

Gaia Herbs Echinacea Supreme Drops

Echinacea is a wildflower that has been shown in scientific studies to improve immune cell activity. It has a long tradition of use for flu, sore throats and coughs. It is most effective for a cold that is causing a sore throat and swollen glands. Echinacea depends on significant quantities to be effective, so do not settle for Echinacea supplements of low concentrations such as raw un-concentrated herb capsules or 1:10 tinctures. Children normally require the liquid form. This drop helps to maintains a healthy inflammatory response to seasonal stressors, and normal secretions form the nose and eyes. It works best when taken at the first sign of infection. We recommend 1 drop for every month of age, two or three times daily depending on severity of symptoms. A two-year old can take 24 drops twice daily, a five-year old half a tsp. twice daily, a 10-year old 1 tsp twice daily.

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Gaia Herbs Black Elderberry Syrup

Black Elderberries have been recognized for centuries for their immune supportive properties. Further research showed them to have a blocking influence on influenza viruses. Dr Zichria Zakay-Rones, Professor of Virology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a leading influenza virologist conducted a number of studies on elderberry extract's efficacy in the treatment of influenza infections. She was quoted as saying in one interview that elderberry extract has proven effective at inhibiting all Influenza stains tested so far. The brand Gaia Herbs uses Certified Organic European Black Elderberries to create a juice concentrate that provides the equivalent of 14,500 mg of fresh elderberries per serving. This delicious syrup also includes natural Vitamin C from Acerola cherries, provides support to combat seasonal immune challenges. If you or your child gets a runny nose and mild fever or any common viral fever and malaise, start this herbal treatment.

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