Tips for a Healthy Winter
My Facebook news feed is FULL of posts revealing sickness, flu, colds, bronchitis, etc. It seems like everyone is sick. Because of that I feel compelled to share what we do to support our immune systems at our house.
Now, this doesn’t mean we never get sick, but honestly it is rare and when we do it is much more mild and shorter-lived than in the past. I don’t have a magic bullet or one-product tip. Rather, I think it’s several things working together. This is what has worked for us:
Here’s what we do at our house:
1. Elderberry syrup.
This stuff is our “magic juice”. We take a little every day in a fun little shot glass with a squirt of cod liver oil. Yum. (it’s actually not that bad). We typically only take this during the late fall, winter and early spring. You can purchase this pre-made in healthfood stores, but it’s MUCH more economical to make your own. I keep it in a mason jar in the fridge. Elderberry Syrup Recipe.
*When sick and feeling like we are coming down with something, we take it several times throughout the day – sometimes even every couple of hours.
2. Juice Plus.
Adults do the capsules, kids do the gummies. It bridges that gap between the whole food fruits/veggies we SHOULD be eating and what we actually are. It’s dehydrated whole fruits/veggies which are pesticide/chemical-free and non-GMO. I’ve noticed more energy and faster-growing hair/nails since taking this. We all know the antioxidants and vitamins from whole fruits and veggies are SO important to our immune and overall health. (We double or triple our Juice Plus when sick – and since it’s just fruits and veggies, we can’t overdose!) Learn more here.
One of my favorite Doctors, Dr. William Sears, talks about Keeping Kids Healthy (kids age 4 and over eat Juice Plus FREE with a sponsoring adult):
We mostly just use this during the winter when we aren’t outside getting natural Vitamin D from the sun. The great thing is that cod liver oil is a food source of Vitamin D and Vitamin A. Here’s how I get my kids to take it.
4. Avoiding sugar and processed food.
Sugar and junk food (including processed foods) makes it harder for our bodies to do what they are supposed to do. Those extra chemicals, food dyes, processed foods and sugars also suppress our immune system. We aim to eat whole, Real Food whenever possible. We also avoid GMO foods, fake oils, artificial colorings and flavorings, and choose organic whenever it’s available as an option.
Have you ever noticed how many people get sick between Halloween and Christmas? I have a hunch (that’s probably well-supported) that sugar may be a major culprit for this. So much sugar-ladened foods and candy are consumed during this time, and it can only be weakening our immune systems.
5. Reducing Stress.
Often this gets overlooked, but stress can cause a lot of issues and imbalances in our bodies. One way we reduce stress at our house is to exercise. You know that “high” you get after a good workout? It makes you feel great! Plus, when you are taking care of yourself in this way you feel better about your appearance. It’s not about being super thin, but rather caring for yourself in a more holistic way.
Another tip to reduce stress and provide self-care for yourself would be to choose at least one enjoyable activity daily. Maybe it’s a quite walk in the woods, a cup of tea and a good book or a bubble bath. Whatever it is, don’t forget to take care of this part of yourself, too. This is one of the things I want to focus on in the upcoming year.
6. Essential Oils.
I’m just discovering this option. I know, I’m a little behind the times. But I think there are some great options in the world of essential oils for prevention, treatment and aromatherapy to stay healthy and empower your immune system to fight things off effectively.
I’d love to hear your tips for boosting immune health especially over the winter months.
How do you stay healthy over the winter months?
Disclaimer: This is not medical advice nor should you take it as such. I am simply sharing what has worked well for our family!