Health Habit is Valley Springs’ complete health food store featuring “green” gourmet products including organic produce, groceries, meats, dairy, herbs, bulk foods, cosmetics, vitamins and more.
Welcome to Health Habit
From time to time we will be presenting a recent article that we hope will be of interest to our readers.

You vs. flu: 7 supplements to combat illness

As the days get shorter and cooler, the annual cold and flu season surely can’t be far behind. But this winter, it’s not going to get you—right? Assembling a natural tool kit now will ensure you’re prepared to prevent and self-treat the common cold and influenza. First, choose the most effective, science-based natural remedies; then pay close attention to timing and doses—how much to take and when.

Boost immunity

Start by reducing your risk of getting the common cold or flu, or at least minimizing the symptoms.

Vitamin D

Researchers believe wintertime susceptibility to the flu and colds may be related to less sunlight exposure and lower vitamin D production. Vitamin D regulates several germ-fighting immune factors, and recent studies show supplementing with D can cut the risk of contracting the flu.

Dose: 2,000 IU daily during fall and winter, or up to 4,000 IU if recommended by your health care provider after blood testing.

N-acetylcysteine (NAC)

This potent antioxidant boosts the body’s response to infection. In one study, Italian researchers found that seniors taking NAC had flu antibodies in their blood, so had been infected with the flu, but they exhibited virtually no symptoms.

Dose: 600 mg twice daily, or up to several grams daily if you do catch a cold.


An analysis of 14 studies published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases found that this popular traditional herb does help fight the common cold. And University of Connecticut researchers noted it reduced the odds of developing a cold by 58 percent, and helped speed recovery among those who did catch one. Dose:  Choose a standardized echinacea extract in tincture form; follow label directions.

Find relief

Be ready to aggressively fight a cold or flu on the first day you notice any symptoms, such as sneezing or achiness. Fast action can suppress viral replication and also modulate your immune response, which is responsible for many of the uncomfortable symptoms.

Zinc lozenges

In an analysis of 1,360 people in 15 studies, researchers reported that zinc lozenges do reduce the length of colds and symptoms—if people start taking them within 24 hours of their first cold symptoms. Zinc may work by inhibiting the growth of cold viruses.

Dose: As a general rule, suck on one 13-mg lozenge every two to three hours.

Vitamin C

Although vitamin C may not reduce your chances of contracting a cold or flu, research indicates it can reduce an infection’s symptoms and length.

Dose: Aim for 2,000–6,000 mg of C daily in divided doses; reduce dose if digestive upset results. If you have a sensitive tummy, opt for the gentler Ester-C form.


Antioxidant-rich elderberry extract can significantly reduce flu symptoms, including fever. According to The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 90 percent of the people in a 40-person study experienced a “complete cure” within two to three days.

Dose: Opt for sugar-free elderberry syrup, and follow label directions for use.


If you feel achy, try Oscillococcinum (pronounced os-sil-uh-cox-suh-num), a homeopathic remedy that can ease flu symptoms if taken within 48 hours of the first symptoms. Studies found significant symptom reduction after two days of taking the remedy, and a skeptical medical review acknowledged results were “promising.”

Dose: Follow label directions for use.


You may be able to reduce your supplements’ doses after a few days, but be careful. If your symptoms recur, you may be suffering from a temporary deficiency and need to maintain a relatively high vitamin C intake. To fight flu-related fatigue, consider adding coenzyme Q10 and L-carnitine, vitamin-like nutrients that naturally enhance energy production. 

Wanted: Electronic Media Manager

We are looking for someone to update this web site on a regular basis, make frequent Facebook postings, coordinate and send out emails to our customers, start a Tweeting program and other forms of electronic media marketing. While we expect to work with you to establish these programs and provide you with regular content, we expect that you will have the basic skills to do this type of work without training by us. There can be some financial consideration, but we would like much of the compensation to be in store credit. It's all negotiable. If you are interested or know someone who may be please talk to Malissa or Doug. 

On Sale This Month

For the entire month of November, 2013, all Country Life, Iron Tek and Biochem products are discounted 25%. Whether you buy just one, or want a year’s supply for everyone you know, there is no limit. So check it out. It’s a great deal you shouldn’t pass up. Click the links for more information or just come in the store and get some great deals on high quality products.

Join Our Healthy Rewards Program
For information on joining our Healthy Rewards program ask any clerk at the store. For every $100 you spend you get a $5 certificate good on any future purchase.
Valley Springs’ Other Grocery Store
Many people think they can’t afford to shop in a health food store. Think Again! Many of our grocery, produce, dairy and frozen items are priced LESS than the local super market for identical or comparable items. Check us out for that quick half gallon of milk or whatever you forgot and need in a hurry. You’ll be pleasantly surprised.

So it only makes sense for you to buy all your natural groceries, vitamins and other health products at Health Habit  and let us help you …
Make Good Health Your Best Habit.

Featured Stories
Skin Beauty from Within
BioCell Collagen® can counteract both natural and photoaging via multiple beauty-from-within effects

Low Blood Sugar May Affect Heartbeat in People with Diabetes
Low blood sugar levels -- known as hypoglycemia -- in people with diabetes may cause potentially dangerous changes in heart rate, according to a small new study.
Spouse's Sunny Outlook May Be Good for Your Health
Marriage vows often include the promise to stick together for better or for worse, and research now suggests that when it comes to your health, having an optimistic spouse is better.
Bowel Illnesses Sometimes Coincide in Kids
Children suffering from irritable bowel syndrome are four times more likely than other kids to have a condition called celiac disease -- an allergy to gluten -- Italian researchers report.
Too Little Sleep May Add to Teen Health Problems
Many teens from lower- and middle-income homes get too little sleep, potentially adding to the problems of kids already at risk for health issues, new research finds.
Quarter of Prostate Cancer Patients May Abandon 'Watchful Waiting' Approach
Doctors often recommend no treatment at all when a man is diagnosed with prostate cancer, opting instead to keep a close eye on the slow-growing tumor and acting only when it becomes aggressive. But a new, long-term European study says this strategy, called "active surveillance," has a major flaw -- if men don't come back for regular checkups, doctors won't be able to tell if their prostate cancer becomes life-threatening.
Health Habit Health Tips
Training Your Mind to Stay Younger
When you do the same things your brain gets lazy. So shake up your mind by doing some things that you normally do not do. Brush your teeth with the opposite hand for two minutes. It will feel awkward but if you switch hands every other day your left/right brain balance will get better. If you play the piano with right handed dominance try putting your right hand behind your back and play the piece with your left hand. If you answer the telephone with the right hand switch to the left. Say the alphabet backwards. Send at least two handwritten notes each month. Play crossword puzzles and word searches or number puzzles every single day. Make lists of things you would like to accomplish and keep a pen and pencil by your bedside. Change your mind and it will change your life for the better! ... more

Health Habit, Your Green Gourmet Store
Health Habit is Valley Springs’ complete health food store featuring “green” gourmet products including organic produce, groceries, meats, dairy, herbs, bulk foods, cosmetics, vitamins and more. We carry many national brands including Solaray, Source Naturals, Country Life, Barleans, Renew Life, KAL, New Chapter, Natural Factors, Health Aid, Boiron, Planetary Herbals, Iron Tek, Biochem, Nature’s Life, Jarrow and Nature’s Plus among many others. We offer a buying club, health assessments, a health calculator, healthy recipes and coupons plus much more.

Search Site

1906 Vista Del Lago Dr.
Suite H
Valley Springs, CA 95252
209-772-3004 Fax (fax)
Email Our Store
Driving Directions

 Mon9 AM - 6 PM
 Tue9 AM - 6 PM
 Wed9 AM - 6 PM
 Thu9 AM - 6 PM
 Fri9 AM - 6 PM
 Sat9 AM - 5 PM
Health Habit Online Coupons
Health Habit health tools