cold + flu season fixes for singers
The common cold and flu… SO not good for singers. A run-down body equals a run-down voice. Can’t have that! Tours, gigs and recording sessions require healthy vocalists. Though it has been unseasonably warm here in San Francisco, many of my clients are struggling to keep their immune systems on the up and up. Thus, I’ve put together a list of my favorite cold and flu season fixes.
If you think you’re on the verge of illness, start taking Wellness Herbal Resistance Liquid every couple of hours. This is a formula that Franco Garritano (my savior of an acupuncturist) swears by. Wellness contains goldenseal and echinacea along with Yin Chiao, a powerful Chinese herbal blend that fights oncoming colds fast. It’ll cost you about $12.00 and save you a lot more. I buy it at my local Whole Foods Market and keep it in my bag at all times. Whenever I come into contact with anyone who isn’t “feeling so good”, I take a dropper-full.
Prefer a fizzy tablet-style immunity booster? I love Zenergize Natural Health & Wellness Boost. It’s completely chemical-free and does not contain any sugar whatsoever (Remember, white sugar is evil when you’re getting sick as it exacerbates the situation). I pop a tablet into my water bottle and refresh throughout the day. The citrus flavor is my favorite. It tastes exactly like Tang (fond memories of summertime at my Grandma’s). Available at Whole Foods for around $8.00 and online for $5.00 at Organic Pharmacy.
Last but not least, I always make a steamy, comforting cup of Fresh Ginger Elixir. Nothing soothes a scratchy throat more! Lately I’ve been adding a sachet of Two Leaves & A Bud Organic Chamomile tea to my mug for an extra dose of calm.
Along with doing my best to get plenty of sleep and drinking mass amounts of water, these three fixes work like a charm for me. As a side-note, be sure to check-in with your own healthcare provider before trying anything new. Hope these ideas help. Stay healthy this winter!