We catch more colds when the weather turns chilly. Spending more time indoors with family and friends may expose us to the cold and flu bugs that they might have. Our children also spend more time indoors at school in close contact with other children. Sometimes kids are not able to avoid being tagged by the latest virus. With so many germs on the surfaces we touch, it really is a credit to our amazing immune system that we don't get sick more often. Right now is a good time to assemble your supply of cold-fighting remedies. Looking for those remedies when a family member is sick can be frustrating, and it is exhausting if you are the one who is sick.
Hydration and Dehydration
Our bodies naturally maintain a balance between water taken in and water lost. A person with a cold usually feels thirstier because they lose more fluid from coughing, sneezing, extra mucous production, and fever. Drinking warm fluids will soothe a sore throat and quench thirst. Activate-C — Immune Complex Immunity Booster Drink Mix can be made with either cold or hot water providing 1200 mg of Vitamin C, 15 mg Zinc, Vitamin E, Astragalus Extract, and Aronia Melanocarpa (black chokeberry). Just a note: Never drink hot water from the tap, heat cool water for a hot drink. Plumbing, in even newer homes can have contaminates that are more easily dissolved by hot water.
Vomiting and diarrhea causes us to lose not only a lot of water, but also lose electrolytes. In this case more than hydration with water is needed, electrolytes need to be replaced. Serious complications can arise from drinking excessive water or not replacing electrolytes. Sustain Sport provides hydration and electrolytes. This website explains why some cases of dehydration require a electrolyte drink instead of water.
The Melaleuca Wellness Guide recommends we take Activate Immune Complex Immunity Booster at the first hint of a cold. Activate contains a combination of 3 herbs and 3 nutrients that work together to give our immune system a cold-fighting boost.
Echinacea has long been used as a natural herb to help speed healing. A review of 700 studies showed that the herb has a substantial effect in preventing and limiting the duration of a cold.
Aronia melanocarpa (black chokeberry) is also found in both Activate formulas. It is a powerful antioxidant. A PubMed study of this North American black chokeberry showed that it has activity against Staphylococcus aureus, Escherichia coli (E-Coli), and type A influenza virus.
Astragalus is one of the most researched immune stimulant herbs. It is antibacterial and anti-inflammatory.
Activate also contains 15 mg of zinc powered by Oligo for better absorption, 550 mg Vitamin C, and 15 IU Vitamin E.
If you feel like your immune system needs extra support you can take Activate Immune Complex, one capsule 3 times a day for up to 3 weeks at a time.
Antibiotics do not work as a treatment for viruses, but T36-C5 is effective against viruses. You can dab one drop of T36-C5 every 4 hours directly under each nostril. Cool Shot Breath Spray also contains T36-C5 along with bacteria inhibiting xylitol. This little spray container is easy to carry so you will have it available as soon as you feel the first hint of a cold. Wash your hands regularly.
Use Sol-U-Guard Botanical on frequently touched surfaces. And don't forget to gently wipe your phones and computer keyboards.
You can find more information on remedies for cold/flu related symptoms such as sinus congestion, ear infections, earaches, coughs, sore throat, and fever in The Melaleuca Wellness Guide. We wish you a very healthy season.
~ Richard M Barry
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ACTIVATE-C story!!.... I am a true believer in the Activate-C!!! At any sign of a sniffle or cold coming I take it or give it to my family, and it immediately knocks out any symptoms. So when my children were in their final week of theater practice for a huge production of Beauty and the Beast that coming weekend, the high school girl playing Belle came down with an awful cold. I immediately brought her some packages of the Activate-C on Wednesday. She took one that night. I saw her Thursday night, and she was 100% better!!! She absolutely couldn't believe it! She said, "I woke up Thursday morning and I was ME again!" Thank you Melaleuca!!! She performed beautifully all weekend long!!!
All our family uses Activate. If the kids complain of a scratchy throat or feeling "fluey" I just hand them the bottle of Activate and you don't usually hear any more complaints. Begin taking it as soon as you feel the symptoms coming on, and you can usually stop it from getting any worse. It is a great pick-me-up to help you keep going. And the Echinacea and Astragalus joins forces with our body's immune system to fight off the infection. This is one product we couldn't do without!
I've gotten the flu twice in my life...once in 1999 and in 2010. Both times, they occurred in the month of December. Activate was one of the items I had not considered trying, because honestly, I didn't think I needed it. My enroller suggested I use and have Activate in my cabinet to keep the colds at bay. I followed his advice and it's been a staple in my home for the past 3 years. The pills are great, and worked well. I was able to keep my colds down to a minimum and I haven't had the flu since (knock wood.) When Activate-C was introduced in 2012, I was very excited. Having the choice of taking this in a drink form was really up my alley. For the first few months, I only drank it cold for breakfast and then I decided to try it hot. Oh my, what a difference. It tastes so good and warms me up instantly. My husband and I have a hot Activate-C at night at least 3-4 nights a week. We really need to keep the colds at bay, especially with 3 active boys. Activate and Activate-C are always on hand in our house because you just never know when the cold/flu bug will rear its ugly head. Luckily, we are always armed and ready. It's the warm cozy blanket at night for your body, and keeps you healthy and boosts your immune system. We love the Activate brand. Thank you, once again, Melaleuca, for another great product that keeps us healthy and happy.
Every year around January or February if I was around anyone constantly coughing or sneezing I would end up with a severe cold that would require I stay home at least one day. After taking the Melaleuca Vitality 6, and now Total, I would still get a scratchy throat and runny nose. Since I began taking Activate-C after being exposed to someone who is ill, or before I go where I will be exposed to a large group of people, I no longer get any symptoms, and have been healthy every winter since. Thank you Melaleuca.
I just want to say thank you, Melaleuca, for Activate C!! It is a wonderful product. I love the new powdered form because it helps me to consume more liquid, especially when I am coming down with something, and I tend to forget to drink more. Recently we were on a little 3-day trip and I began to feel a throat and sinus infection starting. I began taking the Activate-C a few times a day, and in a couple of days I realized it was getting better, not worse. Such a relief! I find that, with the Vitality Total and Activate C, I almost never get sick anymore. And don't and won't take a flu shot again!
I tell everyone about Melaleuca during cold and flu season because I DON'T GET SICK ANYMORE. This is truly a miracle, because I used to be sick all the time: bronchitis, post-viral asthma, whooping cough, sinus infections...I got them all, sometimes multiple times a year, and for long periods. Ask anyone who has known me for years, and they'll verify it. I've taken antibiotics, inhalers, cough syrups, and all sorts of natural remedies (the latter being extremely expensive). Now I take Activate-C at the very first sign of illness. I keep both the drink packets and the capsules on hand. It's important to hydrate when your system is down, but I also just prefer to switch between the two while I'm fighting it. I also take the Vitality 4 supplement pack and use Cool Shot breath spray on my throat when I'm on the go. If my throat feels scratchy, I sometimes gargle with a little Breath Away Mouth Rinse. This combination kicks the cold EVERY TIME! I also like to make Activate-C mixed with Sustain Sport popsicles when my family is sick. This is an effective, pleasant, and important treatment for anyone who may have flu or severe cold symptoms, once they feel well enough to try to consume anything. I am eternally grateful for the wellness benefits Melaleuca has given me and my family! I can proudly say I haven't been sick in over a year, thanks to Melaleuca!
My son used to get sick all the time. Every time he would go to his preschool program, he would come home with a cough, or a cold. It was only when we started giving him the Koala Pals Multivitamins that he stopped getting sick all the time. But one time, he had a pretty bad cough and runny nose and I gave him the Activate-C drink. The next day his cough was gone, and he only had a little bit of a runny nose but that's it. It has never gone further than that. I absolutely love Melaleuca products, and I will never go back to using any other products again.
Activate is one product we will not be without. Once we learned about Activate and began using it, we just do not get sick. If we feel like we might be starting to come down with a cold, we begin taking Activate. We normally double up the dosage the first day, then continue with the recommended 3 capsules a day. We may know we have caught a cold, but it never gets bad enough that we "feel" bad. A couple of days and we are right back to feeling great. In the 7+ years we have been Melaleuca customers neither my husband nor I have been sick enough that we've had to stay home from work, activities, etc. I have found that being proactive can help a lot. If we are traveling or if we have an unusually busy schedule coming up, I start with Activate to build my immunity beforehand and seldom have any issues. We make sure we have a supply on hand, especially this time of year when colds and flu can sneak up on you so easily.
I'm hoping this will work to tell of our love for Activate! My husband and I would not be without it!! We go through at least a whole bottle at Christmas time, with so many gatherings, with people coughing and sneezing, etc.!! We also drive to Minnesota or Texas to babysit, and those little ones bring home so many bugs! So we always make sure we travel with our Activate! Thank you,
~ Gayle Lee