This week started out COLD in the mountains of East Tennessee, kinda out of nowhere (that's how the weather rolls around here.) Along with the changing of seasons comes changes in how we care for our bodies at Windy Ridge.
My teacher husband and my 2 girls attend public school where there's lots of people and their germs. School is kind of a petri dish this time of year, and I really hate for my people to get sick or feel yuck. They're just pitiful and sad when they don't feel well.
I know this sounds like a no-brainer, but it's true.
The simplest way to stay healthy this season is to NOT get sick.
You can naturally resist allergies, colds and flu, and other seasonal sickness by keeping your immune system functioning at full capacity.
When your body's immune system is functioning at 100%, your body should resist viruses and seasonal sickies.
Small changes that make a big impact on the health of your body's immunity:
1. Eat balanced meals including protein, veggies/fruits, healthy fats, and fiber. Your body needs these important nutrients to survive. When it's lacking something, your body's systems slow down and are easier to attack.
2. Limit sugar and packaged foods. Most packaged foods contain sugar or artificial sweeteners (which is another story all in itself) and unhealthy fats. Your body has to work overtime to eliminate toxins or deal with a system overload of sugar. Reach for string cheese, nuts, yogurt, fruit, veggies & dip or air-popped popcorn for snacks that won't burden your body.
3. Support your immune system by drinking elderberry syrup. (Read more about using elderberry here.) Elderberry syrup combines the immune boost of elderberries with the immune boost of raw, local honey for double protection for your family's health this season. It tastes yummy too! (My kids love it and ask for more.) You can also support your immune system by adding essential vitamins and minerals to your daily routine.
4. Rest and relax. Ever notice how you get sick after finishing a huge project at work? Your body has been racing to keep up with the frantic pace, but once the race is over...your body truly crashes to catch up and restore. Avoid the crash by getting adequate sleep (adult 7-9 hours, school-aged children 10 hours)[source] Schedule some down time for your brain as well. Setting aside 10-15 minutes to read, relax in the bathtub, or snuggle with your people can allow your body to recover a bit from the day's strain and demands. Downtime that doesn't involve sleep is especially important for children.
Are you looking for more natural immune system boosters to keep your family healthy and happy this season? Click here to join me for our next Wellness Workshop
You'll learn how your immune system works, what depletes your immunity, and simple steps to build your body's armor against seasonal allergies, cold & flu, plus other "sick bugs".
The first 5 to register receive a FREE Body Armor Kit.