Is it spring yet??? I can’t believe how many people I’ve spoken to just or heard of in the past week that are sick or have sick kids. I know it’s the season, but it feels so much Worse this year. Building healthy immune systems is more important than ever. I wanted to share some of the things we do to help build immunity, keep germs at bay in our house , and avoid getting sick as much as possible. Of course we get the occasional common cold or stomach bug, but If we do it doesn’t last long and is much milder than if we didn’t do what we do. Isabella has thankfully only had one sick visit in 3 years. You can stop the dreaded ” sickness cycle”. Here are some of our basics:
1) Eat healthy:
Protein (try to increase the amount of plant-based proteins you are eating), seasonal fruits and vegetables, healthy fats , etc. Avoid processed foods and sugar as much as possible, especially if you feel like you are getting sick or are already sick. Sugar weakens the immune system. The key is to eat as much real whole food as possible!
2) We take vitamins:
It’s nearly impossible to get all the nutrition we need from food, so we supplement to maximize and strengthen our immune system.
For Bill and I, our daily fundamental nutrition includes Vitalizer, Vitamin C, and Nutriferon. Nutriferon increases the production of Interferon, a critical factor in immunity, in our bodies. It has changed my life. Isabella for the past 3 1/2 years has taken the whole food multi vitamin Incredivites, 500 mg of chewable vitamin c, and a DHA supplement. I love that there is nothing artificial or harmful in any of the supplements we take. For the whole family, we all add Vitalized Immunity if we feel ourselves coming down with anything and it knocks it right out. It’s like an all natural Airborne.
3) Wash your Hands-a lot:
I know this isn’t revolutionary. But it’s critical in helping not spread germs around. I’ve been telling Isabella to make sure she is washing her hands several times a day in school as well.
4) Clean and “De-Germ” :
Wipe Down countertops, door handles, faucets, toilets, appliance doors-all the places germy hands may come in contact with. (Chemicals in some cleaning products could further aggravate a cold or respiratory virus)
5) All natural remedies
-Pure raw Buckwheat Honey: Hands down the best natural cough suppressant I have ever tried. And works MUCH BETTER than any over the counter cough medicine you will buy. Keep a jar in your house-you will be so glad you have someone starts that awful nighttime coughing.
-Apple cider vinegar: great for a sore throat. Mix it with some warm water, lemon, and a little raw honey to make a tea. Use it to bring down your child’s fever by soaking a pair of socks in apple cider vinegar and cold water ( yes, really!) and put the socks on them.
-Elderberry Syrup: proven to prevent or reduce the duration of the flu. We’ve added a teaspoon a day into our daily routine. Double it up if you are sick.
Please share your go to tips to help your family stay healthy!