3 Great Ways to Stay Healthy this Cold and Flu Season
So why not head some of those sick-days off at the pass? Here are a few things you can do to protect yourself and your kids from “whatever is going around” this season:
1. Elderberry Syrup
All that, plus it’s delicious! A spoonful of Elderberry syrup once per day during cold and flu season can help your whole family stay healthy and well, or help your sick ones finally kick the “crud.”
2. Avoid Food Allergens
There are several theories as to why this can reduce infections or speed up recovery during cold and flu season.
When your gastrointestinal tract is inflamed and irritated from a food that you’re sensitive to, the immune system may become taxed, making you more susceptible to the viruses that cause colds and flu.
Having a digestive system that is chronically stressed may also prevent absorption of important nutrients, leading to deficiencies in the vitamins and minerals your immune system relies on to function effectively.
Chronic inflammation may also cause the body to use up the antioxidants, anti-inflammatories, and other important factors that help the body both recover from illness and prevent susceptibility to it in the first place.
Do your self or your child a favor and take a break from all those irritating foods this season!
Aconite: For high fever that comes on suddenly, often after exposure to cold & wind (aka that day you forgot to bring your sweater!). The person can be restless, anxious, and thirsty for lots of cold water. In kids we can use this for very high fever that comes on suddenly, often in the middle of the night.
Gelsemium: This is a very common flu remedies. It’s used for people who feel weak, shivery, sleepy, achey, chilly, and clumsy. They tend to have a headache and may have a dry mouth, but they don’t want to drink fluids. People who need gelsemium often want to be left alone. This flu comes on slowly, over several hours.
Pulsatilla: This is one of the most common remedies used for a cough that keeps kids up all night. Kids (and adults) who need pulsatilla will be warm, wanting fresh air, irritable and clingy, wanting lots of reassurance from parents. They will often be thirstless and refuse fluids, even when they have a fever.
Want to know more? Check out this great video put out by the National Center for Homeopathy:
Don't let colds and flu take the fun out of autumn! Check in with your local homeopath or naturopathic doctor for more ways to keep yourself and your family happy and healthy this year.