I’m not a medical doctor, nor do I play one on TV. Please seek medical advice if needed. I use a holistic approach to staying healthy. The following practices are not intended to diagnose or treat disease, but instead are a part of a healthy lifestyle. Blaa blaa blaa etc …. Now for the fun part.
Proactive versus reactive
Back to school and cold and flu season are upon us again. After switching from traditional insurance to a health share plan a few years ago, I needed to change the way I approached our health. Instead of being reactive to illness, I needed to become proactive about keeping my family from getting sick in the first place since we no longer would be using a co-pay system for seeing a provider. I loved the idea of a health share plan, but if we couldn’t stay out of the doctor’s office for minor illnesses, it wouldn’t be cost effective.
Milk could be the culprit
One of the first things I did was to eliminate milk from the kids’ diet. They were getting the good stuff, local raw whole milk, but chronic colds and coughs were our life in the winter. Cutting out milk made a huge difference in their chronic illness. They still eat cheese which doesn’t seem to have the same effect, although I’m in the process of trying to reduce the amount of dairy products in the boys’ diet. If you or your kiddo are experiencing chronic snot based illness, you might try kicking milk to the curb and see if it makes a difference.
Food is medicine or food is poison
Eating as organically as possible has been a long term goal for my family. While I don’t buy everything organic, as it would break my grocery budget with a house full of boys, I try to follow the dirty dozen and clean fifteen lists for eating produce. You can see them here. https://www.ewg.org/foodnews/ Your gut is a huge part of your immune system and if you’re killing your good gut bacteria by eating produce with pesticides, your immune system will also be negatively impacted. Food is medicine or food is poison.
I also integrate essential oils into our health care routine. I mix and match my brands as I prefer specific oils from different companies. My top 3 brands are Doterra, Young Living and Plant Therapy. I use them in different ways depending on what we have going on. My two favorites for cold and flu season are Thieves and Frankincense which I use at the first sign of any symptoms. Please seek out a distributor for Doterra and Young Living for purchase and usage instructions. I order Plant Therapy directly from their website.
Elderberry syrup…oh how I love thee. I’ve been using store bought elderberry syrup for years for onset of symptoms. This natural anti-viral packs a punch when used at the first sign of symptoms, and I’ve tried different brands over the years. My favorite store brand is Gaia, but I recently starting making my own. I use a simple recipe that includes dried organic elderberries, raw honey, cinnamon sticks, ground ginger and whole cloves. My kids also prefer the taste of homemade to store bought. We use it daily for an immune boost as well as give extra doses at the first sign of symptoms. It will lessen the duration of an illness as well as decrease the severity of the symptoms.
During cold and flu season we also take a multi-vitamin and vitamin C daily to support our overall health. Look for a multi-vitamin that doesn’t contain folic acid and synthetic B12 (cyanocobalamin). Your label should say folate and methylcobalamin. The synthetic forms of these not only don’t help you, but can be toxic, especially if you have an MTHFR variant (more on MTHFR coming soon). We use Smarty Pants brand but I’m always on the lookout for new vitamins with quality ingredients. Next on my list to check out is the supplement collection put out by Maximized Genetics, which you can find here. https://maximizedgenetics.com/collections/supplements I know the owner personally and would 100% trust anything they offer.
Do you have tried and true strategies for keeping your family healthy during cold and flu season?