We all know the cycle of getting sick. Our body gets run down, our immune system can’t keep up, a bug takes over, we feel horrendous for days. Blah.
We all know that one of the factors in our immune system being run down is what we eat (or don’t eat). Sugar is a major culprit in wrecking havoc on our bodies.
Our chiropractor told us something incredibly fascinating the other week connecting those 2 dots, something I’d never linked before. He told us that the flu is around all year (which we knew) but it’s not heightened because of the time of year, it’s heightened because of what we eat.
Look at the prevalence of flu in the summer – hardly happening. There’s Memorial Day, 4th of July and Labor Day… mostly grill-out holidays.
Look at the prevalence of flu in the winter – constantly happening. There’s Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, Valentine’s Day, Easter… mostly sugar-based holidays.
The connection really struck me. Does it strike you?
While we can control what we eat and what we do, we can’t control those who don’t wash their hands or cover their mouths. Luckily, we can strengthen our immune systems to lessen the chance of getting sick.
I want to share with you the things we will have on hand at our house this winter for prevention and in case one of us becomes sick, or to share with friends and family when they call panicked asking, “what can we take to make us feel better?!?!”
1. Basics: Eat well. Sleep. Exercise. Not rocket science. Eat fresh fruits and vegetables (lots of them), eliminate caffeine and sugar, eliminate processed foods, eat healthy fats, seeds and nuts. Sleep 8 hours at night. Go to bed early. Move your body. Simple enough, right 🙂
2. Congaplex. I’ve shared more about Congaplex here and here. There is a chewable form we give the kids and an oral capsule Justin and I take when we start feeling sick or when one of us is sick. Finn calls them his “Spiderman Vitamins.” We purchase these from Dr. Tyler, our chiropractor.
1. Eucalyptus Chest Rub. Think the classic vapor rub you used as a child minus all the funky funk ingredients. When Evie was little, we would apply this to the bottoms of her feet and add socks. For Finn, we would apply this directly to his chest. We always have a jar of this on hand in the winter months. This can be purchased here: Amazon // Vitacost.
2. NoseFrida Snotsucker. It’s is far less gross than it sounds, trust me! The first time I used it on Evie (never used on Finn), I held my breath for at least 30 seconds terrified I would…. get something. You won’t. You can’t. But it works 20 times better than any aspirator you’ve ever used, including the hospital one. This is well worth the money for a snotty little nose. Bigger kids would probably fight you off, so this is only for your baby cakes! This can be purchased here: Amazon.
3. Neti Pot. For the little ones (2 and under), I’d use the Nose Frieda, for the young ones, I’d teach them how to blow their nose and use the other products. For all adults, I always say “do you neti?” Now, truth be told, the first time I used a Neti Pot I felt like I was doing weird drugs. After some use, I can’t live without it in the winter. Anytime I’m congested or even feel like I’m getting stuffed up, I neti. Usually first thing in the morning is enough, but I increase usage if I’m really congested. I prefer the ceramic pot as it’s easier to throw in the dishwasher to be cleaned. Personal preference. This can be purchased here: Vitacost.
That’s our treasure chest for winter. What do you have on hand?
***** I apologize, but I had to remove all essential oils references from the post and from the comments. *******