With the weather changing and the cold/flu season among us it’s extra important to take care of yourself as well as your family. We do not get the flu shot in our house and instead do our best to prevent and treat the flu naturally if we do get sick. We don’t get sick very often and when we do the down time is VERY short. I feel it has to do with the precautions we take and the natural remedies we do if we get sick. That’s a whole other post though. For now, here are some tips that have helped my family stay well during cold and flu season.
1. Wash your hands with WARM/HOT soapy water A LOT!
Especially if you work at a school or are around a lot of people at work. Even door knobs can have germs you want to stay away from. I’m not saying walk around with gloves on, but be sure to wash your hands constantly. And be sure to wash them really well BEFORE you leave work and see your little one.
2. Change Your Shirt
When you get home from work or before you pick up your little one from day care be sure to change your shirt! I don’t know about you, but I work at a school with little ones always hanging on to me and holding my hands so these first 2 have saved us from many illnesses. There are lots of sick kids around, and this has really helped us.
3. Keep Super Echinacea Near
This stuff has really been a life saver. There are going to be times when you feel like something may be coming on. When you do, throw some drops in water and it will help! Ever since doing this we have not gotten sick. I am knocking on wood now. LOL My favorite brand is Herb Pharm. They also have a children’s bottle too and I make sure to give some to my little guy if I start feeling anything come on to protect him as well. Love these because the ingredients are certified organically grown. You can buy these at Wholefoods or Amazon.
4.Take a Probiotic
I love Jarrow Brand and use the Jarro-Dophilus® Allergen-Free bottle. I don’t take these every single day although you can and may people do. I mainly use them if I am starting to feel anything coming on and if my tummy isn’t feeling great. Because a lot of illnesses come along due to improper gut flora, so a probiotic is a great supplement to take. Probiotics help maintain the natural balance of organisms (microflora) in the intestines. They are also very beneficial after a dose of antibiotics to help repair your gut. Antibiotics kill “good” (beneficial) bacteria along with the bacteria that cause illness, so try to heal naturally first. A decrease in beneficial bacteria may lead to digestive problems and taking probiotics may help replace the lost beneficial bacteria. These are safe for infants and children. You can buy these at Whole Foods and on Amazon.
5. Cut out the Sugar!
Sugar is an immune system buster! Cutting out the sugar especially if you are starting to feel sick will keep your immune system high and able to fight anything that comes your way. Instead fill up on whole organic foods from your natural foods store.
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