Natural Cold & Flu Remedies So You Can Stay Healthy This Holiday

A Kids Natural Cold & Flu Remedies So You Can Stay Healthy This HolidayWith the holidays on the way, that means there’s plenty to do.  Out and about with holiday gatherings, school parties, and shopping excursions can expose us to more germs than usual.  And for most moms, there’s no time to be sick — or worse — have a sick child.

I’m delighted to join Healthy Child Healthy World’s Blogger Network for this week’s topic on Natural Cold & Flu Remedies.

Last year during flu season, a close friend called after hearing that a case of the flu was reported at her daughter’s preschool. “You know I don’t usually get caught up in the media, but the flu really has me scared with a new baby in the house,” she said.  “I can’t believe I’m asking this, but what do you think about the flu shot?”

I wanted to remind my friend of the patience and determination it took to labor 12 hours with her husband and midwife to deliver her new baby daughter naturally.  Why was she against IVs pumping artificial chemicals through her body then?  And now she would consider a shot that contains adjuvants, mercury, animal cancer cells, and squalenes, which have been linked to a host of scary conditions.

I also wanted to remind my friend that she’s always suspicious of “big pharma” and the profits these companies rake in pushing drugs with side effects like suicidal thoughts and liver damage.

Yes, I wanted to say these things.  But I didn’t.  Because I remember what “new mommy brain” feels like.  And the responsibility that comes from being in charge of not just yourself, but other precious little lives.  That responsibility can be overwhelming - especially in a sleep-deprived, hormonal postpartum state.

So, rather than scare my friend with the facts about the shot (like drug companies and the media scare us all about the flu), I decided to encourage her to remember that our bodies are designed to protect us.

There are several ways you can boost your immunity, and make it less likely that you will catch any type of flu this season.  And it should be no surprise… the good, old common sense stuff your grandmother told you, like washing your hands and not touching your nose or mouth, really are the most effective ways to avoid a catching a cold.

Stay Healthy Naturally

Vitamin D – The sun’s rays are the best source of natural vitamin D production – 15 minutes a day (without sunscreen) and with at least 40% of your body exposed to the sun is the guideline.  As the weather changes, you can also get vitamin D through naturally occurring food sources like green leafy vegetables, or through foods that have been enriched with it.  A daily supplement can also be a good source of vitamin D.

Hand washing – Wash your hands with soap and water.  At home, we use Thieves hand soap for it’s natural, but powerful combination of essential oils that fight off germs with no harmful chemicals.  When soap and water are not available, we use Thieves Waterless Hand Santizer.  It’s a safe alternative to the versions with high alcohol content (kids have ended up in the ER with alcohol poisoning from some brands) or the dangerous chemical, triclosan.

Diet – A diet rich in fruits and vegetables is the basis for overall health.  Limit sugar and processed foods.  Sugar compromises the immune system and lowers your body’s ability to fight off the bad germs.  Increase your antioxidants with foods like berries or Ningxia Red.

Water – Many people are dehydrated and don’t even know it.  Fluids help flush bad stuff out of your system.

Exercise – Physical activity strengthens the body, and the process of sweating removes toxins and impurities from your organs, tissue and skin. Another benefit of exercise is that it can help lower stress.  Uncontrolled stress takes a toll on the immune system.

Rest – Your body needs adequate sleep to renew itself.  As you sleep, cells are being regenerated, and your mind gets a much-needed break from the stresses of the outside world.  Don’t wait until you get sick to rest!  Take care of your body, and it will take care of you.

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  • Michael McDonald

    Thanks for sharing and educating people about the power of natural. I have begun paying more attention to foods and their ingredients and trying to eat whole foods. Processed foods with chemical or artificial additives are definitely harmful. Now that I’m eating more organic and whole foods my body rejects a lot of processed foods.

  • Manny Reynaldo

    The Thieves hand soap looks like a good gift idea for the holidays.
    Manny Reynaldo

  • Dr. Daisy Sutherland

    Love this post! This is something we share daily and live as well…so nice to see others are now doing the same:)

  • Kim Garst

    GREAT content, Amity! I recently took myself off caffeine and have been drinking tons of water for the first time in years. On my way to a healthier ME :-) !

  • Anonymous

    I agree.  Our first line of defense against illness needs to be healthy habits, not the corner drugstore.  We’ve practiced these habits for years at our house and rarely have sick people.  Yay!

  • Nancy

    This is perfect timing with this information the colds season.  I dont generally get a cold or the flu but I can sure point out a lot of people that are sick!

  • Alexandra McAllister

    Love this article Amity!  I also believe in healing the natural way before going to the drug store!  If one practices good habits they will reap the rewards!

  • Drpeggy

    Great article Amity and sooooo fitting for this time of year.  I love the encouragement of ‘our bodies are designed to protect us’. 

  • Max M.

    Washing your hands and rest. I do both as much as possible and I always seem to stay healthy throughout the holiday season.

  • Amity Hook-Sopko

    Good for you!  And luckily you live where you can get real sun Vitamin D year round :)

  • Edmund Lee

    Great tips on staying healthy.  Thanks for the reminder again on drinking enough water.  *gulping down water at my desk*  Thanks =)

  • Beau Henderson

    We all want to stay healthy, thank you.

  • JRRSEhope Coach

    Loving the common sense approach rather than another post on which supplements and medicines to take to try and create a healthy body – thank you!

  • Jennifer

    Thanks for pointing out the extreme downsides to the flu shot!  You are so right, these simple healthy habits will prevent not only the flu, but other short-term and long-term illnesses.  Thanks for spreading the good word!

  • Norma Doiron

    Great tips!  Thanks for sharing. x0x
    The LEARNED Preneur – NormaDoiron.NET

  • Elise Photini Adams

    Love this!  Your gentle approach and your encouraging voice is so helpful!

  • Solvita

    Thanks Amity! So many good and useful tips about cold and flue remedies! Our bodies are designed to protect us ~ such an amazing advice! We often fight against our bodies and unfortunately lose the game! It is so wonderful to treasure and love our nature, nothing can be more rewarding…

  • Susan Preston

    Thank you, for some great tips! I loved how you gently got your message across to your friend, Amity. She is very blessed to have such a great friend :)

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