Everyone is trying their best these days to stay healthy and ward off viruses and infection. But did you know there’s a lot we can do besides washing our hands a million times to stay healthy?
I want to share some ideas about how we can boost our immunity so that even when we get sick, it doesn’t last for weeks on end.
Before you get sick:
Begin each day with a nice big mug of warm lemon water.
I’ve been doing this for years and not only does it help you rehydrate after hours of sleeping, but it also helps to get your system going and even helps with certain eh-hem movements.
Lemons also have a significant amount of vitamin C and are known to have phytonutrients with antioxidant and antibiotic properties so drinking lemon juice in the morning can really prep your body for the rest of your day of dealing with germs.
If you feel like you’re coming down with something:
First and foremost: If you can manage it, try not to automatically reach for the Advil or drugs. Your body is amazing and built to fight off intruders so just let your body do its job for a bit.
However. No one likes to feel crummy so there are a few things we can do naturally to help our bodies with that fight.
1. Drink more warm lemon water throughout the day, but add some ginger, turmeric, raw honey, and cayenne.
The warm water will soothe your throat and tummy (as will the ginger in addition to helping your body detoxify), turmeric contains a polyphenol that helps with alleviating inflammation, raw honey has loads of benefits including antibacterial properties and cayenne has detoxifying properties and gives your body some heat to help sweat out those bad guys.
2. Increase the use of foods that contain high levels of Vitamin C: Did you know there are other fruits and veggies that have more Vitamin C than oranges?
Papaya is first on the list followed by bell peppers, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, strawberries, and pineapple. Here’s the full list.
So when fall and winter roll around, start making meals with those foods. I pack my kids’ lunches with bell peppers and strawberries and they don’t even know they’re getting a whack of Vitamin C! Tricky!
This year I also bought a Vitamin C spray by Garden of Life that the kids love and spray in their mouths every morning at breakfast for an extra hit and I’ve been adding Camu Camu to my smoothies which has loads of Vitamin C.
3. Eat Garlic and Honey: Anytime I feel something coming on I crush up a clove of garlic, pour raw honey on it, and gulp it down. Ya, I don’t smell great after, but nine times out of 10 I’m not sick in the morning so it works!
4. If you have a cough, forget about regular old cough syrup and reach for SURO.*
SURO is made of elderberry syrup which is a natural cough and cold suppressant that will help, not hinder, your body do its job of fighting those germs. Plus it tastes great and the kids love it. Read about the benefits of elderberry here.
*Be cautious about using elderberry syrup to combat or prevent COVID-19. Read about the risks here.
Well, I’ve likely given you enough ideas to make your head spin so I encourage you to try one of these options this season instead of reaching for over the counter medication. Your body will thank you for it!
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