Learn why drug free remedies are better for your health than conventional cold and cough medicines.
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The sniffling nose. The hacking cough. The brain fog. You’ve got it all but you’re still at work. Or at home taking care of kids – because you can never take a sick day from that job.
We’ve all been there in one way or another – working when we’d be better off in bed. We desperately want to find a magic potion that will make us feel better so we can get on with what we need to do.
The Problem With Conventional Cold Medicines
Too often that “magic potion” ends up being conventional cold medicines. While they may have their place (believe me, I’ve used them), traditional cold medicines might not be the best way to stay healthy overall. Here’s why:
- The active ingredients may not work for you – for instance studies have found no proof that common over-the-counter drugs help with a cough.
- Drugs may mask symptoms but not actually help you get healthy.
- Cold medicines that claim to help you sleep, may contain strong antihistamines that leave you feeling pretty knocked out the next day.
- Inactive ingredients including artificial preservatives, dyes and flavors, and high fructose corn syrup may make you feel worse.
Why Drug Free Remedies Are Better
The more I’ve learned about natural health, the more I’ve realized that our immune system is the key to our health. A healthy immune system is better able to fight off viruses and does a better job of recovering from them when they do take hold. We can boost our immune system in many ways – through healthy eating (more greens, less sugar!), regular exercise and good sleep.
However, no matter how healthy your immune system is, that dreaded cold or flu will eventually take hold. When it does, keep in mind that the real “magic potion” for healing from sickness comes in the form of natural drug free remedies that continue to boost our immune system. Instead of just masking our symptoms, natural remedies, like honey, vitamin C and zinc, help support a healthy immune system, which in turn can help us feel better faster.
Live Better Drug Free Remedies from CVS Pharmacy
Since I’m more inclined to go the natural route when it comes to treating colds and flu, I was happy to learn that CVS Pharmacy has introduced a new line of drug free remedies. Live Better is a line of simple solutions that help your body heal naturally. All Live Better products feature soothing ingredients from sources such as Manuka honey, black elderberry syrup and naturally-derived vitamin C and are free of artificial preservatives, dyes and flavors.
Currently the Live Better line includes three products focused on immunity support and cough/cold relief for children and adults, but it will be expanding to include more drug free remedies in the future.
A drug free cough syrup that soothes coughs and irritated throat, relieves hoarseness and supports the immune system. The active ingredients in both cough syrup products are the same:
- Dark Honey – high in antioxidants to fight free radicals in the body
- Vitamin C – an antioxidant that helps support a healthy immune system
- Zinc – a mineral that supports a healthy immune system
A chewable tablet that supports the immune system while promoting sound sleep. For years I’ve been a big fan of taking zinc the minute I start to feel a cold coming on and I love the fact that this formula combines melatonin to help me sleep! Getting a good night’s sleep is SO important for healing!
- Melatonin helps promote a good sleep (which in turn, helps your immune system)
- Zinc – an immune system booster
Personally, I love that I can pick up this type of product on a trip to my local CVS Pharmacy instead of having to make a special trip somewhere else – especially when I’m sick!
What’s your go-to remedy when you feel a cold or flu coming on?