- January 27, 2020
- Erica Nicole
When one person gets sick, it tends not to be long before the whole house is ill. Keeping your family healthy is important, especially during flu season.
It isn’t an easy task, let alone using natural ways. That’s why I put together this list of …
Natural Ways to Keep your Family Healthy During Flu Season
Over 13 years ago I started going to the chiropractor and that is when I truly started understanding how our bodies work especially when trying to have it perform its best.
Ya, I learned about all the different systems in health class, but the chiropractor really opened my eyes to how all the systems work together and how important it is to give your body what it needs to function properly.
Once you do that your body’s innate intelligence does all the work for you. Your body is always working to keep you running at 100%, so give it what makes it thrive and build your natural immunity.
I think eating healthy clean, unprocessed foods goes without saying, so, listed below are other suggestions that have worked well for my family!
Seeing how I already mentioned it I figured I would start with the chiropractor. If you have never been, please go! It is not just for people that have back pain. Going to the chiropractor helps realign your spine and remove any subluxations that could be putting pressure on your nerves not allowing it to send the proper signals to any part of your body.
For example, if you have subluxations in your neck it can affect your sinus’, releasing that can help them drain and clear up. Search spinal nerves and effects chart or check it out here…Pretty mind blowing. Once I get adjusted I know the “power is on” and my nerves are sending those signals effectively.
Everyone should be on a probiotic plain and simple. 70-80 percent of your immune tissue is located in your gut so we need to make your gut as healthy as possible. How do we do that? Giving the healthy bacteria the food it needs to thrive and not let the bad bacteria take over. A good probiotic can do just that. My favorite probiotic for adults is Arbonne’s. My favorite probiotic for kids is Kalire Labs.
Using essential oils can really help build you immune system and/or fight off an illness. Just make sure you are using a safe reputable brand of essential oils that is a 100% pure essential oil that have been extracted from the plant in the safest and best way. Brands I trust are Young Living, DoTerra, and Plant Therapy.
There are many great books out there that will list what oils to use depending on what illness or problem you are having. These are a couple of my favorites: Gentle Babies and Essential Oils Desk Reference. Thieves essential oil from Young Living is my favorite to use all winter long to build our immune systems.
Elderberry has been all the rave for the last few years as it should be. It has many benefits, but most importantly during this time of year it can help lessen the duration and severity of a cold or the flu symptoms. Check out my DIY article for a simple 3 year old approved recipe!
Wash your Hands
Somewhat common sense, but it really is one of the best ways to keep the germs away in the first place. Make sure you are washing them with soap and water vigorously for at least 20 seconds. Count to 20, sing your ABC’s or even Happy Birthday to make sure you or your kids are washing long enough!
Get Enough Good, Quality Sleep
When your body is sleeping it is repairing itself. Make sure you are getting 7-9 hours of uninterrupted sleep a night so your body can heal. If you are a new mom I get it…that’s impossible and I know it is something you are sacrificing! Just try your best. After my second was born I was not getting enough sleep and I definitely got sick easier and more often. It confirmed to me how important a good nights sleep is. If you are someone who has trouble falling asleep these tips will help you! Make sleep a priority!!
I feel most of these are pretty easy and simple habits, but can make a world of a difference in helping protect your family during the rough flu seasons. Be well!!