During the cough, cold and flu season, our family does everything we can to keep our immune systems boosted to prevent illness, and then if (when) we do get sick, we try to stick with natural remedies as much as possible, (especially for me when I’m pregnant since I couldn’t even take a lot of cold medications if I wanted to.)
There are many ways to get your vitamins, and a supplement is an easy method to be sure you are getting a balanced amount of everything. I’m pretty much always taking my prenatal vitamins, because I’ve basically been wanting to be pregnant, actually pregnant, or nursing ever since we got married.
John also takes a supplement, (when I remember to give it to him, *gulp*) and Katie has her gummy bear vitamins.
Of course the best way to get your vitamins is through your food, especially vegetables and fruits. Dark, leafy greens are especially high in vitamin content and were strongly recommended in Safeway‘s “Be Well, Save Well” pamphlet.
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Orange juice is a great way to get Vitamin C, and important weapon against your average cold/cough/flu! Next week, I’m going to show you a favorite orange juice smoothie recipe that packs in even more vitamins and nutrients and also makes a delicious meal or snack!
I stocked up on some anti-viral Kleenex and Echinacea tea, one of our favorite immune boosters for when the yuckies hit our home.
Strawberries are another great source of Vitamin C and it doesn’t usually take any arm-twisting to get our girls to eat up all the strawberries we put in front of them. Katie is especially a big fan. I totally made her day by giving her strawberries for a snack. Literally. She kept talking about and how much she looooovvveees strawberries!
Eat hearty when you’re trying to boost your immune system! Cut out all the junk and sugar and even the refined white flours. We like to make turkey or chicken soup when we’re sick, (besides being healthy, it’s comforting on tired, sick tummies.)
Chicken Noodle Soup is often hailed as a great food for sick folks, but brown rice is actually much more nutritious and easier to digest for recovering bodies than noodles are. We added kale, carrots, celery, onions and lots of garlic to this soup.
Garlic is another natural-remedy champion. Garlic has huge benefits for boosting the immune system and killing off the bugs. Everyone should eat a lot of garlic all the time, but especially while sick. And besides: it makes everything taste 300% better anyway. (Except ice-cream and chocolate, maybe.)
We also keep plenty of Kleenex handy during cold season. Moist or lotion varieties can be easier on sore noses, (I recommend Boogie Wipes for little noses.) I have some dairy allergies that keep my nose kinda runny all the time anyway, so Kleenex is a major staple of our household.
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Besides what you are putting in your body, also be aware and careful about the things you don’t want in your body.
Especially keep bathrooms and kitchens cleaned regularly, disinfect high-traffic areas like doorknobs and toilet flushing handles daily during contagious illness in your home.
Get outdoors occasionally when you feel up to it, for fresh, clean air, and make sure to get plenty of rest. Your body needs sleep to heal and overworking it will continue to weaken your defenses and make you more vulnerable to the next bug that comes along!
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