Get Well Soon

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Have you seen those “DIY get well soon gift baskets” floating around facebook?  You know the ones, loaded with cans of chicken and noodle soup, crackers, sports drinks, candy bars, and medications?  If you’re trying to put together a true “Get Well Soon” basket, try reaching for these items instead:

  • Black Elderberry- research shows that taking elderberry within 24 hours of the initial symptoms improves flu like symptoms
  • Buffered vitamin C- has been shown to decrease the duration of cold symptoms
  • Homemade chicken soup (made with bone broth)- mom was right about chicken soup!  It can help support your immune system, improve your digestion, and can even help thin the mucus in your lungs
  • Coconut water- contains electrolytes and is a great way to rehydrate
  • Zinc- can help improve your immune system and decrease the duration of cold symptoms
  • Probiotics- helps to nourish your gut, a large amount of your health begins in your gut

As we go into cold and flu season, look for ways to support your body’s natural defense systems.  If you or a loved one does come down with a cold (or the flu), keep in mind IVs may be another great way to support your immune system.

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About the Author

Erin Gussler, MS RDN LD CLT

Growing up, Erin has always loved food (and could be found singing “fruit, fruit, fruit for the whole team” at baseball games).  When she started college, she realized her true calling was in the field of nutrition.  After a career in critical care nutrition, she is now using her passion and knowledge for integrative and functional nutrition to help you succeed in your wellness goals.  Nutrition should be more than just “another diet”, but about healing and wellness from the inside out.  Using personalized nutrition therapy, Erin will teach you to not only love food but to eat food (and enjoy food) that loves you back.

Erin received her Bachelor of Science in Nutrition Science at Texas A&M University, and she completed her dietetic internship through Meredith College.  She is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics as well as the Houston Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.  She is also a member of several dietetic practice groups including Dietitians in Integrative and Functional Medicine, Nutrition Entrepreneurs, and Sports, Cardiovascular and Wellness Nutrition.

Erin is committed to working with you to find balance in your life and to help demystify the world of nutrition.  Our goal at Whole Health Houston is to find the root causes of imbalance, and provide an individualized and custom wellness map.  Erin works closely with the doctors at Whole Health Houston to provide you with consistent care, evaluation, and on-going monitoring to help you succeed.  Let Erin walk alongside you and teach you to use food and nutrition to help you live your best life!

About the Author

Erin Gussler, MS RDN LD CLT

Erin is committed to working with you to find balance in your life and to help demystify the world of nutrition.  Our goal at Whole Health Houston is to find the root causes of imbalance, and provide an individualized and custom wellness map.  Erin works closely with the doctors at Whole Health Houston to provide you with consistent care, evaluation, and on-going monitoring to help you succeed.  Let Erin walk alongside you and teach you to use food and nutrition to help you live your best life!

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