It seems like they say every year that the flu is worse this year than the last. I may be imaginary it but it seems that way to me. Last year my son came down with the flu and a double ear infection as well as an upper respiratory infection, all at the same time. As a mom it made me feel awful, for the most part, we can’t control the germs that our children come in contact with but I do believe that we can play a vital role into their overall health and immunity.
I’ve only just recently started paying attention to holistic health as in the past couple of years. My interest was just that, an interest. It was not a passion and frankly, I thought imposing non-western medicine onto my family was irresponsible so I began to experiment with my own health. It started out as something simple, elderberry syrup daily. I didn’t give any to my kids or to my husband because I didn’t know if there would be any side effects, I just simply took a teaspoon a day. That year, everyone except for myself became seriously ill and I knew it was the elderberry. The next year I tried getting my husband and children to try some, none of them liked that and so none of them took it. Guess what, they all got sick.
This year when everyone started mentioning that the flu was increasing my husband told me to go find some elderberry for the kids. He sees the results but he’s not completely on board yet. He’ll ask for things that he thinks will benefit the kids and I but somehow he is above it still. Indestructible man.
Last summer I became a Plexus ambassador and things started changing for me drastically. My health became a primary focus of mine and this blog took a back seat. In a way, I guess I was afraid to share what I was discovering with all of my blogging buddies. Afterall, what if I had fallen prey to some sort of scam? Ultimately what I discovered was that alternative medicine goes far beyond taking elderberry every day and that the overall health of my family was beginning to change because my health was beginning to change.
I shared with you that my son was having some major health issues and that we discovered he had a medical condition, what I didn’t share with you was that his medical condition was digestive related. We started noticing that something wasn’t “right” with his stomach when he was only three months old but as the years past it went from being a desperate cry for help to being his normal. After we found out what was wrong and started working on his root issue his overall personality changed from being shy and afraid to outgoing and full of laughter, all because we started taking care of his stomach.
As my own health started changing with the Plexus products it became apparent to not only myself but to others around me that this approach to health could have a great impact on my children as well. That’s how I’ve gotten to where I am now. When I started this blog I thought I would only talk about dinner ideas and money saving. As I’ve matured and changed over the years my passions have changed as well and thus it’s time for the blog to naturally change once again. Health, Happiness, Hope, Home, Harmony, these are the things that drive me lately.
By taking a nontraditional approach to health with my family I am keeping them healthy and even though several people around us have come down with the flu we seem to be healthier now than ever before. That’s why I want to share with you just what it is that we doing here in our home to keep our kids healthy this flu season.
Tips To Keep Kids Healthy During Flu Season
- Letting Them Play Outside
- Diffusing Essential Oils
- Taking Probiotics as well as Prebiotics
- Eating Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Daily
- Limiting Their Dairy Intake
- Limiting Their Sugar Intake
- Daily Elderberry
- Finding Something To Smile About
- Increasing The Water
Letting Them Play Outside
It has been gloomy around here, we’ve had more snow this year than any other year I can remember and it’s been so tempting to keep my kids inside because of it. It’s cold out there. However, I also know that by keeping them inside I am robbing them of essential vitamins that they can only get by playing outside. So, we’ve gone outside in the rain, in the snow, in the cold and on the pretty days when there’s no wind we go outside with fewer layers than normal. My kids are running around soaking up the sun rays through the largest organ their body has, their skin. Here’s a list of 100 ways to play outside.
Diffusing Essential Oils
I’m not picky with my oils as long as they are a decent quality that’s good enough for me, however, we don’t ingest our oils. There’s nothing wrong with that we simply choose to diffuse or dilute and apply directly, it just works for us. There are a few oils in particular that we prefer this time of the year, some are stronger than others. I’ll share them with you in the ad area below. We have found that by diffusing them in their bedrooms at night or apply them with a carrier oil before they go to sleep that it truly plays a role in their health. This is yet another area that my husband was skeptical in but now he’s fully onboard with himself, even to point of using the oils for his own alignments or ordering extra when we are running low.
Taking Probiotics and Prebiotics
Okay, I never in a million years would have expected these to have the impact that they do. When my son was a baby the doctor told us to put him on a probiotic and we did for a little while but it was a powder and it was grainy and frankly, he could tell that it was in his milk or juice and would just not drink. Ultimately we just stopped buying them and never looked back. We doubted that they worked anyway. After all, what does a probiotic really do? Yeah okay, we should have kept him on a probiotic.
As it turns out our gut, the colon and large intestine and all that stuff play a vital role in our overall health. It makes sense too, most of us are basically full of poop and when that poop backs up and clogs up we feel bad and don’t want to do much. We’re sluggish and when left alone for too long it can cause some major health issues. What I didn’t know was the health issues would extend far beyond feeling bloated, too much poop can actually lead to acne. Why don’t we get taught these things in school?
Well there are many different types of probiotics and they each do slightly different things, little to no probiotics equal bad things for our health. We all know that we have good germs and bad germs so I’ll use that analogy for now. The good germs (probiotics) starve and cant find the bad germs. So the bad germs take over and we feel terrible physically because of it. We start dealing with things like inflammation and joint damage as a side effort of this. With no food, the good guys get weak and ultimately just die. Take a probiotic and you are putting good guys back into your system. Take a prebiotic and you are giving the good guys the food they need to survive and fight off the bad guys. Guess what, this, in turn, build the immunity and your kids can suddenly face the flu season. Seriously though, do they teach us this kind of thing in school? Was I asleep in that class?
Daily Fruits and Veggies
This is still a work in progress at my house but we are making an effort of it. Our children will eat just about any fruit but not so much when it comes to the vegetables. We’ve started letting them pick out a vegetable and then we pack it in their lunch box (raw) for school. The reason we leave the vegetables raw is only that our kids like the crunch, I do too. There are added health benefits too with raw vegetables so that’s just an added bonus. Often times when we cook vegetables we are destroying the nutrients and enzymes that make the vegetables healthy in the first place.
Limiting Their Dairy Intake
I don’t know what the science is behind this but I do know that it’s believed added dairy adds to the mucus and thus makes sinuses a bigger problem. Or at least it’s something along those lines. What I’ve noticed for us personally isn’t so much the sinus problems (although they are there) as much as it’s the tummy problems. Once again its a battle of the good guys and bad guys. I’m not anti-dairy, tonight we are going to be eating chicken alfredo for dinner. There is a ton of dairy and carbs and thus sugar in that meal. What I’m saying is that we have limited our dairy intake. We no longer need it as much as we once thought that we did.
Limiting Their Sugar Intake
Sugar is in everything. Literally everything, even the good stuff. Now don’t get me wrong, my kids love their chocolate cereal and the marshmallow goodness as well. Who doesn’t love a smore? We all ate one just last week. The point is that sugar can do dangerous things to the body and it can cause a body to age much more quickly than it naturally would. When this happens our bodies send us signals such as rashes and inflammation. That’s typically when we turn to some sort of cream or prescription when in reality we should be taking sugar out of our diet and replacing it with water.
Too much sugar in the body also leads to a weaker immune system and you guessed it, that leads to sick babies who have to stay home from school.
Y’all. Oh, my goodness, I told you up about how I was taking elderberry and the rest of my family wasn’t. Well now everyone takes elderberry every single day as soon as the first person in our lives mentions the word flu. Did you know that years ago elderberry was used as a way to combat the flu? It’s hard to come by these days so I’m actually planning on growing an elderberry bush this year at my mom’s house. I would grow it at mine but our property line is backed up against a wildlife management area and elderberry has been known to attract bears. So yeah, that’s not coming into my yard. LOL!
There is something that you should know, most elderberry comes in the form of syrup. My kids won’t touch that stuff and neither will my husband. Elderberry jelly is how I get my kiddos to take it, they have no clue that they are eating it every single day at lunchtime.
Finding Something To Smile About
Okay, you might be wondering how this fights the flu. Immunity. Our mental health plays a vital role in our physical health. When we don’t feel good mentality we won’t do much physically. By finding something to smile about we are improving our mental health and in turn, we often end up out and about doing something that’s physically challenging.
Increase The Water
Water, water, water. I can not stress that enough. Your body is full of toxins. Unless you flush them out they will stay there and make you sick and before you ask, tea and coffee do not count as water. Here are some benefits of drinking more water.
This is one that far too often goes without acknowledgment and frankly I had to go back in and add it after I published this the first time but it’s so true. One of the very first things we do when we see our babies are becoming ill is to pray. I know for me personally, I need to become more intentional in praying for my children on a daily basis. I often pray with them but praying blessings over their lives is much different than slimply praying for sweet dreams at night.