Surviving Cold & Flu Season

Prioritizing your health can be hard work, especially this time of year when cold weather and extra germs are in abundance. Here at the Co-op we believe maintaining wellness is a lot easier with fresh, organic foods, natural and herbal body care, and other creature comforts. At the Co-op, we are prepared with everything you need to recover fast and stay strong through the winter months. Here are some of our suggestions:

All Things Elderberry

Elderberry is a delicious, natural solution for overall wellness. Known to boost the immune system and alleviate pain throughout the body, it’s a comfort for the common cold. Locally made elderberry extracts from Norm’s Farms are now 15% OFF, as well as organic syrups from Gaia Herbs, starting at 25% OFF!

Zac’s Hot Toddy

We’ve all heard of this soothing beverage commonly made with whiskey, but our Beer & Wine Coordinator prefers a good vermouth, like Kaapse Dief’s Caperitif, now $8 OFF! Pair a few shots with hot water or tea and add some local honey or fresh, organic lemon slices for extra flavor.

Vitamin C

A consistent dose of vitamins keeps immune function going strong! We suggest adding vitamin c-generous ingredients to your everyday diet. Fresh navel oranges are currently 99¢ EACH and organic navel oranges are just $1.99/lb! Fresh, organic ginger, a delicious addition to teas, soups, smoothies, or dressings, is another great source of vitamin c and helps with digestion, nausea, pain, and inflammation.

Spice Things Up with Turmeric

This spice is not only delicious but serves as a versatile nutritional supplement. Good for the brain, naturally anti-inflammatory, and known to assist the body in processing antioxidants, turmeric makes an effective part of a regular diet. We carry fresh, organic turmeric in our Produce Department as well as various other turmeric products such as Diaspora Co. & Spicewalla’s fresh ground turmeric (up to $2.30 OFF), Gaia Herbs Golden Milk (now 25% OFF), Gaia Herbs Turmeric Boost (20% OFF).

Hydrate or Diedrate

Downing fluids is a must, especially when you’re feeling under the weather, but we like to go a few steps beyond just drinking water. Sipping tea throughout the day is a great way to stay hydrated, while keeping warm, enjoying herbal flavors, and getting some extra nutrients. Yogi wellness teas are now 2/$5, so stock up on all your favorite blends! Soups make a great meal option for keeping up with fluids and going easy on your stomach. Imagine Organics soups are on sale for 2/$7, and broths are just 2/$5! Yum!

Stay Cozy

At the end of the day, nothing makes more of a difference than rest. Grab your favorite pair of socks (maybe Maggie’s Organics wool socks, now 25% OFF?), keep popping those Ricola Natural Herb Cough Drops (now $1.99ea), and take it easy until you’re fully recovered.