KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- It's that time of the year. The flu is around every corner, your sinus problems are flaring up, and your kids just can't seem to kick that nasty cough.
That trip to the doctor's office is going to cost you.
"We're at a time of the year where the sun's not out as much as it used to be in the summer, vitamin d levels are low, the immune systems are weaker than typical," said Dr. Pete Sulack, America's Leading Stress Expert.
That could mean a hefty bill and a load of antibiotics to get rid of that nasty flu, but maybe there is something else to fight it off that'll save you a trip to the doctor.
"Hey, what if I can get all those qualities from something that's natural that I can get in the grocery store," said Dr. Pete. "Manuka honey is one of those things."
Dr. Pete said you want to put a jar of it in your medicine cabinet. It's called manuka honey and he said it can work just like an antibiotic.
"The enzymes in manuka honey will actually break down into natural hydrogen peroxide in the body, so it's gonna kill off infection, it's gonna kill off the flu, it's gonna boost the immune system," said Dr. Pete.
It is a natural remedy you can ingest to help boost the immune system.
You can also use it topically. Dr. Pete added you can rub it on your skin to help heal mersa or other skin infections.
"Great for wound repair, as well as burns," said Dr. Pete.
To help fight off the flu, all you need to do is take a teaspoon a day. You can also put it in your tea or spread it on your toast.
If your kids don't like the taste of cough syrup, this just might be the answer.
"I have four boys," said Dr. Pete. "They don't like taking medicine, but manuka honey provides a lot of those same benefits of the antibacterials that medicine will, but it tastes a lot better than medicine."