The original Airborne recipe was cooked up by an ingenious teacher about 20 years ago. Why? Because throughout the school year, she wanted to defend her immune system against the many germs gathering in her classroom. From her kitchen, Airborne moved quickly to the local farmers’ markets and beyond. The original tablet, handcrafted from a carefully considered blend of vitamins, minerals, and herbs, was a big deal for people looking for a way to support their immune system.*
We were borne from the mind of a do-er—and that’s still our mindset today. We believe that a more balanced immune system opens the doors to a richer life, so it’s our mission to support you in whatever you love to do with the right ingredients.
The right vitamins, minerals, and herbs can make all the difference. Vitamin C works on a cellular level to help maintain proper functioning of immune cells. Antioxidants take care of free radicals (the stuff that can harm cells). Our own proprietary herbal blend contains echinacea, ginger, vitex, honeysuckle, and forsythia. And zinc backs it all up by supporting the general function of immune cells.*
Suffering from a cold or bout of flu can often take its toll on the body and day-to-day life. Even worse, sometimes it can take a while for you to bounce back to your normal healthy self. To help speed up recovery and get you back on your feet, here are 6 top tips on how to quickly recover from a cold.
1. Stay hydrated: When feeling under the weather you may suffer from higher than normal body temperature, which in turn could increase your overall chances of running a fever or fluid loss. Although you may not feel up to drinking any liquids, it is still important to meet your daily requirements to help reduce any negative side effects a cold might cause.
Staying hydrated and drinking plenty of fluids not only replenishes and flushes out toxins from the body, it also helps rid germs from invading. To help give your immune system that extra boost, add an effervescent tablet to a glass of water to help support your body in fighting unwanted bugs. In addition to that, herbal teas such as ginger, are also great as they have inflammatory properties which can help reduce the inflammation of sore throats which can have a soothing effect.
2. Rest: One of the most simple and effective ways to help your body recover quickly from a cold is to get as much rest as possible. It’s often in our stubborn nature to carry on when we’re feeling unwell, especially if we have important meetings at work or social events to attend. However, in this instance, the best medicine is to slow down, take care of yourself and retreat to your comfortable sofa or cosy bed for a quick nap.
3. Extra sleep: Being kept up at night with a high temperature or persistent cough can disrupt our regular sleeping pattern. While we all know that getting a perfect night’s sleep is important for a healthy and happy body, only 40% of Americans get less than seven hours sleep a night. Not only is it even more important getting those extra hours of sleep when feeling unwell, more sleep can help the body fight against illness while aiding in recovery. To help aid the body in fighting against a cold, it’s recommended that up to 7-8 hours of sleep when in full health is essential; however, we might often require a little more when suffering from an illness.
4. Say no to stress: Studies have shown that stress can affect your immune system, often meaning it must work harder to fight off those unwanted germs associated with a cold. In order to help your body recover quickly, try unwinding down. Whether you decide to listen to soothing music, focus on your breathing, or find a relaxing exercise; choosing an activity that can keep your mind and body relaxed is a great way to help combat an illness. Alternatively, if you don’t feel like being active, a calming bath with essential oils such as lavender or chamomile are great for aching muscles and stress relief.
5. Feed your cold: During an illness, you may not always have an appetite which can leave your body feeling tired and lethargic. It is therefore important when on the road to recovery to eat nutritious foods that will help give your body plenty of energy. Our immune system is cleverly designed to fight back against unwanted bacteria, and with the support of nutrient-dense, fiber-rich whole foods, it can promote a healthy bacterial balance creating an unformidable super-team.
6. Keep clean: Although it may sound obvious, washing your hands and keeping good overall hygiene will reduce your chances of catching another cold whilst your body is trying to recover. Whilst your body is weak, it is sometimes at its most vulnerable. Make sure to throw tissues away after use and wash your hands thoroughly or use hand sanitizer if you’re out on the go.
Thanksgiving is a time to be with your closest loved ones and give thanks for the things that mean the most to you. While the Thanksgiving meal is, for many, the best part of the day, the excessive eating can have a negative effect on our bodies, especially the immune system. Many of the classic Thanksgiving dishes contain high levels of sugar which can contribute to weakening the immune system cells that attack bacteria (Web MD, 2017).
To keep your immune system in the best possible condition, you will need to be eating healthily and enjoying an active lifestyle. Airborne® vitamins can also help to support your immune system, with a crafted blend of vitamins, minerals and herbs*.
We’ve taken a look at some of the Thanksgiving foods that weaken the immune system and found some easy adjustments you can make to turn them into foods to boost immunity.
Nutrition facts: 25 calories, 4 carbs, 0g fiber, 1g protein, 1g fat
Serving size: ¼ cup
Gravy is usually made with the fat from your cooked turkey, guaranteeing that it is going to a high calorie sauce with very few nutrients. The calorie intake can quickly rise too as most of us don’t measure out our portions.
Try making your gravy without any of the fat drippings for a quick cut in the calorie intake and be aware of your portion sizes.
Nutrition facts: 155 calories, 13g carbs, 0g fiber, 2g protein, 0g fat
Serving size: 12oz
Beer often contains hidden calories and the fizziness can lead to bloating. Although the occasional beer may have health benefits, (Men’s Health, 2015) an increase in alcohol consumption can be dangerous, and could contribute to issues such as liver cancer, cirrhosis, alcoholism and obesity (Web MD, 2014).
While its most likely safe to have a few beers on Thanksgiving, remember not to go overboard with your drinking and focus more on drinking water to keep your body hydrated.
Mac ‘n’ Cheese
Nutrition facts: 461 calories, 49g carbs, 2g fiber, 19g protein, 20g fat
Serving size: 1 cup
Mac ‘n’ cheese is a firm favourite, but it’s also a heavy dish full of fats from all the cream, cheese and butter (Food Network, 2009).
Instead of writing this off from your Thanksgiving dinner altogether, try switching the cream sauce for something less heavy. Many recipes suggest using butternut squash and cauliflower to create the sauce, or adding spinach or broccoli to the mix to sneak in a few extra vitamins.
Store Bought Cranberry Sauce
Nutrition facts: 150 calories, 37g carbs, 0g fiber, 0g protein, 0g fat
Serving size: 100 g
Cranberry sauce is a popular accompaniment to a slice of turkey, but if you are buying premade cranberry sauce from the store, you will often find that the reason it tastes so good is because it is packed full of sugars. With a whopping 31g of sugar in just one 100g serving (USDA, 2016).
Why not try making your own this year? Simply boil cranberries and orange zest in sugared water, simmer then leave for a day or two to let the flavours mingle. And if you make too much cranberry sauce, you can always save it for another day – perfect with turkey sandwiches.
Nutrition facts: 250 calories, 35g carbs, 3g fiber, 6g protein, 10g fat
Serving size: 1 cup
Although mashed potatoes are naturally pretty healthy, the additional ingredients we use often make this staple dish heavy and calorific. Once you’ve added butter, milk, cream and maybe even cheese, mashed potatoes become a high fat food. Instead of adding these extras in, try to enjoy it in its classic way – packed full of vitamins without all that fat.
Green Bean Casserole
Nutrition facts: 142 calories, 14g carbs, 3g fiber, 3g protein, 9g fat
Serving size: 1 serving
Green beans and onions are healthy, but deep frying the onions and then coating the dish in fatty cream and whole milk can quickly add unnecessary fats to this side dish. Just one cup of green bean casserole has three times the amount of fat and calories as plain green beans (Core Performance, 2012).
Green beans are perfectly fine on their own, but if you are desperate to add something to them try using wholemeal breadcrumbs instead. Check out this recipe which will cut 160 calories out of your green beans and still taste amazing.
Nutrition facts: 411 calories, 58g carbs, 0g fiber, 4g protein, 19g fat
Serving size: 1/8 pie
Is it even Thanksgiving if there isn’t any apple pie?
While apples are brilliant for our health, packed with vitamins, minerals and other plant compounds (Health Line, 2014), they aren’t nearly as healthy when they are part of an apple pie. After being smothered with butter, flour and sugar, the calorie count quickly rises, and it increases again if you are serving your pie with a big dollop of cream or ice cream.
Apples are pretty sweet by themselves, so cut down the amount of sugar you are adding and serve with a light frozen yoghurt instead of full fat ice cream.
Nutrition facts: 306 calories, 47g carbs, 2g fiber, 11g protein, 10g fat
Serving size: 1 cup
You wouldn’t need to be a genius to guess that bread pudding is quite fatty. Although the cinnamon can help reduce inflammation and control blood sugar levels, (Journal of Diabetes Science and Technology, 2010) it’s not enough to make up for the layers of butter and cream in between. Try switching your usual bread pudding for a healthier version by using whole wheat bread and flour, low fat milk, extra raisins and no cream.
Sweet Potato Casserole
Nutrition facts: 250 calories, 33g carb, 1g fiber, 3g protein, 12g fat
Serving size: ½ cup
Unsurprisingly, coating your vegetables in sugar, marshmallows and butter can transform a deliciously healthy food into a sugar-loaded dish. Sweet potatoes are delightful on their own, but if you want to add to them try switching the sugar and marshmallow topping for pecans – they’ll be deliciously crunchy once baked and add a nutty flavour to the dish.
Nutrition facts: 503 calories, 64g carbs, 1g fiber, 6g protein, 27g fat
Serving size: 1/8 pie
If you’re looking for a source of healthy fats, fiber and lots of vitamins (Stylecraze, 2017), then you can do a lot worse than pecans. However, put these in a pie packed with sugar, refined carbohydrates and butter, and you’ll quickly outweigh the healthy element of the dish. Just one slice of pecan pie can be close to 500 calories.
Replace the sugar in the recipe for honey. It also contains a significant number of calories, however, because it is sweeter, you’ll need less honey then sugar to get your desired sweetness (Healthline, 2016). You can also switch the butter in the pastry mix for coconut oil to instantly shave off a lot of the calories.
If you look after your immune system, your immune system will take care of you. Why not try some Airborne® Zesty Orange Effervescent Tablets to provide immune support today? High in antioxidants and an excellent source of Zinc, Selenium and Manganese*. Just drop one tablet in 4-6oz of water, dissolve and drink!
All nutritional information sourced from www.fitbit.com.
*THIS STATEMENT HAS NOT BEEN EVALUATED BY THE FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION. THESE PRODUCTS ARE NOT INTENDED TO DIAGNOSE, TREAT, CURE OR PREVENT ANY DISEASE.
Core Performance (2012) 25 best and worst foods for Thanksgiving
Food Network (2009) Macaroni & Cheese, lightened up
Health Line (2014) Apples 101: Nutrition facts and health benefits
Health Line (2016) Honey vs. sugar: Which sweetener should I use?
Journal of Diabetes Science and Technology (2010) Cinnamon: Potential role in the prevention of insulin resistance, metabolic syndrome, and Type 2 Diabetes
Men’s Health (2015) 10 reasons to have a beer right now
Stylecraze (2017) 15 amazing health benefits of pecans for skin, hair and health
USDA (2016) Basis report: Cranberry sauce, canned, sweetened
Web MD (2014) The truth about beer
Web MD (2017) 6 immune system busters and boosters
There are a lot of myths about ways to stay healthy at this time of year. But there are a lot of good facts too! Read on for 10 important tips to keep up your immune health and improve your chances of staying in tip-top shape…
1. Get Your Flu Shot!
The recommendations for getting a flu shot have recently changed, and now it’s really, really simple. Get one! The flu shot is now recommended for everyone over 6 months of age. The more people in your area get their shot, the less likely there will be a flu outbreak. So encourage everyone around you to get one too. Now it’s easier to get the shot, since many pharmacies are offering them. And it’s never too late in the season - do it today!
2. Wash Your Hands Often
When you get home, when you get to the office, after using the restroom, before you prepare food or drinks, before you eat, after going to a store, after using public transportation or being in crowds, before going to bed, etc., etc. Hand washing is the most important way to keep germs out of your system. Simple things like touching your eyes, your nose, or your mouth can bring germs into contact with entry points into your body. And hand washing is most important when you’re around anyone who is sick. If you share an office, desk or any other space with someone who appears under the weather, be sure to clean all surfaces with antiseptic cleaners too.
3. Use Instant Sanitizers
While hand washing is the most effective way to stop the spread of germs, it’s not always possible. When you’re in public places like hospitals, doctor’s offices and schools you see hand sanitizers everywhere. Use them! And it’s a great idea to carry hand sanitizers with you when you’re out and about. There are many small ones that fit in a pocket or purse, including convenient, combined sanitizer and moisturizers.
4. See Your Doctor
If you can, take the opportunity of getting your annual flu shot to schedule an annual check-up. Research has shown that people who visit their doctor regularly stay healthy longer.
At this time of year getting regular exercise can be a challenge. But exercise supports your immune system and helps keep you healthy. People who do regular daily exercise are up to 30% less likely to get the sniffles than people who are sedentary. So fitting physical activity into a busy holiday schedule is well worth it! Try something simple like parking at the far end of the lot when you’re doing holiday shopping. And if you can, squeeze in a long walk or a more vigorous workout. You’ll feel better!
6. Get Enough Fluids
When it’s cooler outside it’s easy to forget to drink enough, because you often don’t feel thirsty. Don’t rely on the heat to stimulate your thirst. You still need just as much liquid, 6 to 8 cups a day for most people, all year round. Fluids are essential to keep us from becoming dehydrated, especially important when we’re susceptible to colds or flu. Some teas are also loaded with antioxidants. And don’t forget chicken soup! It turns out that mom was right – chicken soup can help our bodies get well.
7. Get As Much Sun As You Can
The sun doesn’t only lift your mood, now we know it is essential to our health in many other ways. One important side effect is the production of Vitamin D. The human body can only make Vitamin D when our skin is exposed (the more the better) to the sun’s rays. Darker skin may require more sun exposure to make Vitamin D. In the winter months experts recommend everyone should consider taking a Vitamin D supplement; and some may benefit from supplementing year-round. Why? Vitamin D has been shown to be beneficial for many areas of health, including immune health.
Because Vitamin D is so important to our health, Schiff® has created high potency Mega-D3®. Mega-D3® gives you 5,000 IU of natural Vitamin D3 (more powerful than synthetic Vitamin D2) plus resveratrol and red wine extract. Together they support immune and cardiovascular health, and many other key areas of health that decline with age.*
8. Get Enough Sleep
During the holidays sleep is often the first thing we cut back on. But not getting enough sleep puts the immune system at risk. Sleep is important for proper immune function. Lack of adequate sleep can suppress the immune system and may increase the risk of season illness. So make an effort to get 7 to 9 hours of sleep every night.
9. Eat a Healthy, Balanced Diet
The holidays equal food, for most people. But what kind of food? If your traditions include lots of rich, heavy holiday meals, it’s time to create a balance. Try creating lower fat substitutions in favorite recipes – it’s easier than you think! And usually no one will notice the difference in taste. And remember the rest of the day, and week. You can fit in more fruits and vegetables and lower fat, lower calorie meals all around the holidays. The more fruits and vegetables, in the more colors, the better! You know you’re getting a wide variety of immune-boosting nutrients and antioxidants when you have a rainbow of produce, because each color carries unique nutrients your body needs.
10. Give Yourself Real Immune Support
The key ingredients in Airborne® products have been shown to support the immune system.* Airborne contains a proprietary blend of Vitamins and minerals and is an excellent source of zinc & selenium.