How I use natural remedies to avoid getting the cold and flu

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That time of year is quickly approaching where people start dropping like flies to victims of being sick. Let’s be honest, no one wants to get sick and top of that no one really has time for it. As mothers, our lives are busy enough, so feeling under the weather is just downright inconvenient and something we can do without. Learn how I use natural remedies to avoid the cold and flu all season long.

How do I avoid getting sick with the cold or flu?

Prevention really is the key here. If you can implement some easy daily habits that build a strong immune system you will just avoid sickness all together. It seems like it might be a hassle, but I can promise you, it is SO worth it.

I am definitely a summer girl, but winter has to happen. Especially here in Utah, the winters are COLD!

Every year I am reminded about how much I hate the cold and yearn for it to be summer again.

Despite the low temperatures, the wintery season does bring fun and festivities as well.  

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With all of the fall time activities and Christmas cheer, I need to be able to enjoy every moment and not be dealing with runny noses, coughs, and colds.

Simple lifestyle changes will keep your whole family (even your little ones) healthy no matter the season.

Making sure everyone has healthy immune systems will avoid the cold and flu being passed around.

7 ways to avoid getting the cold and flu with natural remedies

Here are 7 simple ways to avoid getting sick and staying healthy.

1. Probiotics

Probiotics are great immune supports and they also promote a healthy gut as well.

Our bodies are full of bacteria and a probiotic is a living microorganism that helps boost the amount of healthy good bacteria in our bodies.

There are so many probiotics out there, it can be overwhelming to choose the right one. I know for me personally; I did some research and was able to find a few brands that I like.

It is important to note that there are many different probiotic strains, so different types may offer a different strain.

I have heard that it is sometimes good to switch between different strains, so your body can get the full benefit.

Depending on whether you are taking a single strain probiotic or a multi-strain one, it is good to learn and become familiar with them.

Rotating every few months between a couple different brands might be a good option for you.

Garden of Life Probiotic for kids

My 16 month old takes the Garden of Life – RAW Probiotic for kids. He has had both the powder version and the chewable ones. He loves them both and actually begs for the chewables.

When I give him the powder, I just simply mix it into yogurt or applesauce. It really is easy and is just part of his breakfast routine.

There are other great probiotics for babies and children. There are other options from brands that I trust in my secret to how my baby never got sick in his first year of life post.

If you are looking for yourself, I personally have taken both the DoTerra brand and also Culturelle.

2. On Guard

I might sound like a broken record on this one, but On Guard is honestly magic to me. I put this on my baby’s feet every single night and I know without a doubt it has helped him stay healthy.

Check out this article to see how to apply it.

On Guard is one of Doterra’s blends and is also known as the Protective blend. Its name is spot on because it totally protects our household from sickness!

Not only is it powerful in protecting and supporting healthy immune function, but it also contains great cleansing properties as well.

We use both the essential oil in the blend and rollerball as well as the On Guard capsules.

Diffusing On-guard in your home can also help purify the air and void off any unwanted germs.

3. Elderberry Syrup

Elderberries are a great immune booster and are also very beneficial to have on hand if you do get sick.

If you do happen to get the cold or the flu, or if you feel like you are the verge of feeling unwell, elderberry will be your best friend to kicking it out of the door quickly.

Being packed full of antioxidants, elderberries offer countless benefits and also contain other nutritional values. They are high in vitamins C, A, and B6 and are rich in iron and potassium.

Elderberry has quite a strong taste but isn’t bad at all.

My baby loves the syrup and asks for more when I give it to him. You can also buy elderberry gummies that might be more appealing to little ones.

There are so many great recipes out there to make your own elderberry syrup. I haven’t gotten around to doing this, but I want to try it next time I run out.

Here is an excellent article on how to make your own at home.

4. Eating healthy

Eating healthy seems so obvious, yet it always seems not so easy to do. Think of it this way, if your car needs unleaded gas then that’s what you pump into it.

If you have a truck and it needs diesel then you are going to need to put in diesel for it to run properly. If we don’t put the right fuel into our bodies, they aren’t going to run to an optimum standard.

Striving for a balanced, healthy diet is going to give our bodies the proper nutrition it needs.

Packing our daily diet with natural, whole foods will give our bodies the vitamins and minerals it needs to build a strong, fighting immune system.

5. Getting plenty of sleep

I remember as a young teenager my Dad would always say “You know you can’t burn the candle at both ends” well his statement is 100% true.

Think about what happens when you do! Soon enough there isn’t a candle left.

If you run from day to day with barely any sleep in between, your body is soon going to give in somewhere. Usually, it can result in a weakened immune system which then is much more susceptible to sickness.

Getting adequate sleep at night is going to make functioning a whole lot easier.

While we are sleeping, our bodies are actually able to repair, rejuvenate, and recover.

This really is a vital part of our existence. We need sufficient sleep to stay healthy and ward off any ills.

6. Try to avoid stress

This is easier said than done. Sometimes stress is just inevitable but avoiding as much stress as possible is going to greatly benefit your physical and mental health.

If we can’t avoid the stress of life, then we need to at least learn how to manage it.

Dealing with extremely high levels of stress can lower immune function, opening the door to potential sickness.

Taking a bath, going for a walk or talking with a friend can often help relieve symptoms of stress.

Do your best to keep stress out of your life, because you may not know this but stressing actually doesn’t help anything or anyone 😉

7. Take care of yourself

I hope that these simple ways can help you stay healthy through this winter season.

Or any season for that matter. Remember your body is a pretty amazing gift so take good care of it.

Being able to avoid sickness has been a great blessing for me.

Especially as a mother of a busy and demanding toddler, I definitely don’t have the time to be sick.

We all know Mum’s still have to be Mum’s even if they’re dealing with the flu, and it is no fun taking care of someone else when you wish you were lying in bed.

Adding simple habits into your daily routine can help avoid any unwanted infections and sicknesses.

How do you avoid getting sick? Do you have any other tips?

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