It’s cold and flu season and to be quite frank , us Mama’s don’t have time to be sick. It’s almost inevitable that sniffy noses, chesty coughs and general feeling of being rundown will strike at some point, so it’s important to look after yourself the best you can over these winter months – especially as this horrid Aussie flu is circulating Britain (my mum had it and was bed ridden for days).
It’s very easy to head to the local chemist and grab some pharmaceuticals, but have you tried the natural way of prevention/healing? This is also perfect if you are pregnant or breastfeeding too – and works wonders…
Here are my top 7 tips to stay healthy and keep bugs at bay. Some obvious tips, some not so obvious..
1. GREENS. GREENS. GREENS. Having your recommended daily amount of greens can be tough/disgusting for some people, so why not make it a lot easier on yourself and use a product that has already gone all the green work for you plus more… ? I’ve been adding a 2 tea spoons of The Super Elixir by WelleCo to my water in the morning. This magical powder is a highly specialised alkalising green supplement with vitamins, minerals and elements to assist wellness and vitality. And it tastes good too!
2. ANTI BACTERIAL HAND CREAM – The common cold is essentially caused by the airborne viruses entering the body through the nose and mouth so it can be difficult to avoid catching one from someone who has the lurgy – especially if you are in physical contact with that person who has a virus, followed by putting your hand to your mouth. So rule number 1 – WASH YOUR HANDS more than often and use anti bacterial hand moisturiser. I’ve been using one from MooGoo. It’s natural, kills 99% of germs and is mind to the hands.
3. TUMERIC – How many of you bought the spice tumeric for a recipe, used it once then left it in your spice rack feeling all neglected? Did you know this vibrant coloured spice is actually the superhero of all spices. Tumeric has so many health benefits so add it to your food, or add a teaspoon to a cup of hot water. Check it out here as to why you should have more of this Indian spice in your life and not just in your curries.
4. GARLIC IN YOUR SOCKS – Ummm yes this sounds odd and rather disgusting and smelly BUT as you know garlic is an amazing food source for immune boosting, but you don’t always have to consume it to get the desired results. Adding a couple of minced garlic cloves to a paid of socks and wearing them to bed can help the beneficial oils and nutrients to be absorbed by the soles of the feet, feeding valuable nutrients into the body. You can also do this with your children/babies when aren’t feeling 100%.
5. OILS TO THE FEET – Yup more feet stuff (odd right?). Adding a few drops of essential oils to the soles of your feet before you go to bed can help boost the immune system and prevent that common cold. Good ones to try are lemon, lavender tea tree and rosemary. What’s also great about this, the relaxing quality of the oils can help encourage calm, relieve stress and help get a better night sleep.
6. DRINK WATER – and plenty of it! Flush away and cleanse the body as much as you can. This may seem like an odd one and pointless as it doesn’t contain any vitamins or minerals, but water is absolutely the most important intake your body can have. Drinking water benefits by –
- Increases Energy & Relieves Fatigue
- Promotes Weight Loss
- Flushes Out Toxins
- Improves Skin Complexion
- Maintains Regularity
- Boosts Immune System
- Natural Headache Remedy
- Prevents Cramps & Sprains
7. VITAMINS – are you taking any vitamins? You should be… There are many out there to choose from and it can be overwhelming to choose which ones to take. I have been taking these bunch and really have felt the benefits of taking them;
- Multi vitamin for women
- Chorolyl (in water)
- Evening Primrose Oil
- Vitamin B complex
Now that you have this information you’ll be fighting fit and ready to take on the world!
See you next week