Posts Tagged ‘Immune system’

Hyland’s New DEFEND

PicsArt_1395855139556I am a big promoter and believer of homeopathic and natural remedies. Since my 7 year old was an infant, I have relied on the Hyland’s brand for her immune system needs. With Spring season arriving, the change in weather also means colds and the flu have joined us again. My daughter caught a cold just last week. Luckily, after being contacted to sample their newest line, I had some Hyland’s DEFEND Severe Cold & Flu on hand.

A box of Hyland’s DEFEND comes with 8 packets of quick-dissolving powder that can be added to some warm or hot water. The natural lemon and honey flavor is light and soothing. Best of all, Hyland’s DEFEND Severe Cold & Flu is dye free and contains no artificial flavors, preservatives or sweeteners. It is made with only natural ingredients and is non-habit forming. When taken at the first sign of illness, Hyland’s DEFEND will work with your body’s natural healing process to safely and effectively relieve symptoms of colds and the flu, including: runny nose, nasal congestion, sore throat, cough, fever, chills, headaches, and body aches.

In less than two days of taking Hyland’s DEFEND Severe Cold & Flu, my little one felt a whole lot better. Her runny nose never progressed to any major nasal congestion and the only thing that lingered for the rest of the week was a minor cough. All other symptoms were gone! I took some along with her during those first two days, just to give my own immune system a boost and avoid catching her cold. I think it worked. 😉 I am very happy to have been introduced to this newest Hyland’s product. What I like best is that my whole family can benefit from it. We can fight off illness and avoid yucky, toxic chemicals found in most conventional brands. I definitely plan on keeping Hyland’s DEFEND stocked in my medicine cabinet.  The new line also includes a natural cough syrup and sinus relief products.

One Hyland’s product that I’ve had on hand for years is their Calms Forte Sleep Aid. It’s not uncommon to feel restless at bedtime when you’re suffering from a cold or the flu. This is when using Calms Forte, along with DEFEND Severe Cold & Flu, can be very beneficial. Calms Forte is non-habit forming, natural and gentle on the body. It is safe for children as young as 6 years of age.  My husband and I have used it ourselves when we’ve needed a little stress and tension relief in order to get a better night’s sleep. It has also come in very handy when our family travels and suffers from jetlag. It helps you wake up feeling rested, without that groggy feeling most over-the-counter sleep aids can cause.

If you’re looking for safer and convenient alternatives to keep your family healthy and boost their immune system, I highly recommend the Hyland’s brand.

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Vitamin C for Kids: Hyland’s Tablets

Most of us can remember being nagged to drink our orange juice as children…”It’s got Vitamin C!” Sadly, there may have been some truth in that back in the day, but that’s most likely not the case today. Yes, Vitamin C is a powerful anti-oxidant that can help boost our immune system, but where we can safely get it from may be tricky. With our food supply being progressively stripped of its nutrients, fruits and vegetables are not enough anymore. Supplements are widely popular today, but unfortunately we can’t trust just any old vitamin. It’s important to be informed on the manufacturing process, ingredients and source of our supplements in order to confirm that they are indeed of benefit to us.

I am often asked what I give my daughter to boost her immune system. Obviously, I first make sure that she is getting balanced meals and plenty of water. Secondly, I supplement. Vitamin C is a strict component of her daily regimen. She is only 5 years old, so she still has some difficulty swallowing capsules. This is where Hyland’s Vitamin C tablets have come to the rescue. I have been giving them to her since her first birthday. They are soft and dissolve quickly, so they are easy to take and do not pose a choking risk. She loves the natural lemon flavor and I love that they are free from the ascorbic acid that the majority of Vitamin C products are derived from. (Each tablet contains 35mg of lactose, please check for sensitivity before continuing use.) I am also thrilled that this product and other Hyland’s products can be found in several places.

Besides smaller Health Stores, the Hyland’s Vitamin C tablets can be found at Whole Foods and CVS. The prices can vary. I have purchased them online for as little as $5 and they can sell for as much as $8.99. This would seem like a bargain regardless, considering there are 125 tablets in a package. However, each tablet contains only 25 mg of Vitamin C. While this may be 55% of the daily recommended requirement, it’s just not enough, in my opinion. The directions on the label recommend 1-2 tablets daily…still not enough, I say. While I may not be a doctor or qualified expert to recommend anything, I have done my fair share of reading and discussing this topic with people who are, to formulate my own opinion. Chiropractors and Naturopaths I have encountered over the years, whom I respect very much, have agreed that Vitamin C in higher doses can work wonders. Besides boosting the immune system, it can work as an anti-inflamatory, help lower stress, protect skin, lower blood pressure, etc., etc. I give my daugther 4 tablets every morning. (I, myself, take 2,000mg of Vitamin C a day. During the Winter/Flu season I up the dose by 1,000mg.) So in reality, I am buying Hyland’s Vitamin C tablets once a month at around $6 per package…still a steal. I ordered them recently from At $5.62 and free shipping for orders over $20, it’s the best bargain I’ve found at the moment online. Time to stock up!

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