October is health and wellness month here at lessonsfromhome and I’m thrilled to have a fellow blogger share some wellness tips. I am still posting 31 verses of light through October on fb and would love for you to follow the discussions https://www.facebook.com/Lessons-from-home
I will be back to writing faith and grief posts in November. I hope you enjoy the change and check out Brandy’s blog. I’m so glad she’s here!.
Hi, I’m Brandy- the face of wonderfullymessymom.. I have four children who I adore and I’m passionate about trying to live the healthiest life I can through all natural household and beauty products. I am also dedicated to using all natural remedies for those everyday ailments and those not so everyday illnesses.
Fall has officially started, which means cold and flu season is upon us. With school back in session it’s inevitable that germs are going to spread like wildfire! Kids just do not think about washing their hands or covering their mouths properly when coughing or sneezing. I have four children, three of which are in school. Within the first week of school I heard so many parents talking about their kids getting sick. We at least made it through the first month before the littlest one came down with strep- brought home from the older kids.
Poor baby, she looks so miserable. I hate when my babies get sick. While I do my best to keep my family healthy I know that being sick is also a healthy part of life. When you get sick your body is actually producing antibodies to make your immune system stronger.
Most people run straight to the doctor or the pharmacy for over the counter medications to fight their illness. What you many not know is that over the counter medications only suppress your symptoms and could keep you sicker longer. You should not try to “cure” your illness but instead boost your immune system with natural remedies.
Limit the sugar
Sugar and germs are like mating rabbits, they just cannot resist one another. Sugar destroys the good bacteria in your gut that keeps you healthy. If you have ever heard of leaky gut syndrome you know that sugar is a main component to illness. While limiting your sugar intake do not replace with items labeled as sugar free. They are just filled with artificial sweeteners (saccharin, acesulfame, aspartame, neotame, and sucralose; anything that ends in -ose) that are worse than consuming regular sugar and come with terrible side effects. .
Drink lots of water
Water flushes out toxins that build up in the body. Toxins come from many sources like air pollution, pesticides on food, and chemicals in cosmetics. Your body needs adequate water intake not just to flush out toxins, but to lubricate and supply all your vital organs with necessary fluids for them to work at optimal capacity. If even one element is not working properly, it can effect the whole bodies ability to work effectively. You should be drinking half of your body weight in ounces every single day (i.e- 140 pounds = 70 ounces of water).
Take your vitamins
Vitamins and minerals should always come through good quality food sources first. But even then we may not be getting all we need to boost our immune systems. A multivitamin taken daily will provide your with daily values that you may not be getting through your diet. I personally take a good quality prenatal, vitamin c, fish oil, b-complex, and magnesium. Did you know that magnesium deficiency is widespread throughout the US with only 25% of people getting the recommended daily amounts?
I am wholeheartedly in love with Hylands homeopathic remedies. I use their remedies for everything! I have the kids kit and the adult medicine cabinet kit that contains easy to dissolve pellets for any ailment from A to Z (bumps and bruises, colds, headaches, stomach issue, etc). Right now is also strep throat season and antibiotics are always prescribed, here is a to try if your family comes down with strep.
Get plenty of rest
Your body regenerates and heals itself while you are sleeping. If you are not sleeping well or getting at least 8 hours of sleep your body is not able to heal. Do you ever wonder why you sleep so much while you are ill? Your body is fighting hard to repair those damaged cells and replace them with healthy cells. This process also happens every single night! Try going to bed earlier or sleeping earlier.
Here are some hands on practical ways to boost your immune system:
- Place a slice of lemon in your water to boost your Vitamin C levels
- Get out in the sun for 15 minutes to boost Vitamin D levels that diminish during cooler months
- Eat a well balanced diet
- Wash your hands thoroughly with warm soap and water (sing your A,B,C’s twice!)
- Practice good mouth covering habits (sneeze or cough into your elbow or napkin)
- Keep “Wet Ones” brand wipes in your purse. These are way more effective than hand sanitizer!
- Don’t forget to get outdoors and get plenty of fresh air! And be sure to follow me for more tips and tricks to stay healthy!