Here we are again; back to school, end of summer, back to germs and looking for ways to fight cold and flu season.
Sick kids are never fun, from missing school, oh the makeup work to sleepless nights, can mommy please just close her eyes. I find it’s best to put in the effort for prevention than to take on too many sick kid battles.
4 Ways Our Family Fights Cold and Flu Season
1) Wash hands
The never-ending reminder to wash hands. It seems simple but it really is the best prevention. Wash hands often throughout the day to prevent the spread of germs. Our family does not use hand sanitizer or antibacterial soap. We stick to basic bar soap or a simple pump soap.
2) Drink Water
Staying hydrated to flush toxins from your body is another simple and cost-effective way to fight cold and flu. The recommendation to drink half of your body weight in water each day. So grab those water bottles and start guzzling.
3) Eat Your Veggies
Eating green leafy vegetables and getting the right nutrients can help your body fight cold and flu season. Building up your immune system in advance gives your body the strength it needs to fight off germs. Moms. This is the time of year to amp up the vegetable intake of your family. Green smoothies, spinach leaves tucked in sandwiches or wraps, spinach or kale pureed into sauces, casseroles or meatloaf. Get that vegetable intake up to build strong bodies.
4) Drink Elderberry Syrup
Elderberries help support a healthy immune system. Elderberries naturally contain vitamins A, B, and C which helps support the immune system. Elderberries are higher in antioxidants than blueberries, cranberries, goji berries, and blackberries.
Elderberry is among the oldest healing plants in the world. There are recipes for elderberry-based medications dating back to Ancient Egypt. Hippocrates, the ancient Greek is known as the “father of medicine,” described the elderberry plant as his “medicine chest” because of the number of health concerns it seemed to alleviate.
Our family uses it as a preventative remedy by taking 1/2 to 1 teaspoon a day during peak cold and flu season. If we get hit with a minor illness, we double or triple that dose until we feel better.
Here is the recipe for homemade elderberry syrup.
As with everything, more is not better, so be mindful of the amount you take and always check with your doctor if you have a pre-existing condition or are taking medications.