It happens every winter. One morning, the kids go off to school and they’re perfectly healthy, but when they come home, one of them has developed a minor sniffle. A few days later, the entire family is laid up with a head cold, or worse, the flu. This year you can do something about it. Take steps to boost your entire family’s immunity so you can get through the winter without drowning under a pile of used tissues. Here are some simple strategies to help you get started.
If you’ve never heard of Bone broth, you don’t know what you’re missing. It’s packed full of all sorts of things your body needs to stay healthy, including:
- Multiple vitamins
- Amino acids
- Several minerals
Whether you want to give your immune system a boost or you’re fighting an infection, Bone broth gets the job done!
It turns out that mushrooms are good for more than making pizza and steak taste great. They also give your immune system an edge during cold and flu season. Research indicates that when you consume button mushrooms, your body produces more of the killer cells that fight infections, bacteria, and viruses.
Adding more mushrooms to your diet is easy. Just throw in a handful whenever you make a stir-fry or a casserole. The best way to get the full nutritional impact of mushrooms is eating them raw, which is why you should always mix them into your tossed salads. If you have never acquired a taste for mushrooms, you can find them dried and packed into capsule supplement at your local health food store.
When you’re starting to wind down for the night, treat yourself to a nice hot cup of herbal tea. Not only will the natural drink help you relax, it also gives your immune system an edge. All types of herbal tea help your immune system in some way or another, and if you’re really concerned about getting sick, you can use one of the specially formulated wellness teas. Since buying pre-made herbal teas can get expensive, you should consider growing some key herbs in your garden and making your own black, spiced, and herbal tea.
Regular supermarkets rarely carry Kombucha, which is a fermented tea, but you should be able to find it at your local health food store. It’s a great drink that will help you stay in peak fitness this winter. The tea is paced full of yeast and active bacteria that help your body rid itself of any harmful bacteria. Benefits of making Kombucha a part of your life include:
- A stronger immune system
- A healthier liver
- A decrease in joint pain
- Improved digestion
- And more!
For hundreds of years, people have been using the berries produced by elderberry bushes to make elderberry syrup, which is packed full of all sorts of things your immune system needs in order to perform at peak efficiency. Elderberry bushes are really easy to grow and once you have them on your property, you’ll be able to harvest your own berries each autumn. If you’re a bird lover, having a large stock of elderberry bushes will also attract many song birds to your yard.
Oil of Oregano
If you love to cook, especially Italian dishes, it’s likely you already grow your own oregano which you use to add flavor to your favorite sauces. What you might not know is that you can also press the oregano to get the oil it produces, which when consumed, goes a long way towards keeping your healthy during the cold and flu season. It doesn’t take much, just a small capsule worth each day.
Even if you’re sick, the oil of oregano can do wonders for you. It’s a natural antihistamine so shortly after taking it you should start feeling better. When you make oil of oregano a supplement you take each day, you’re increasing your daily intake of carvacrol and thymol, which are two ingredients your body needs to help it fight off several different types of harmful bacteria’s. Research indicates that the oil of oregano can help prevent certain types of cancer from developing and that it’s a useful treatment for MRSA.
You won’t believe how much better you feel when you make these six things a regular part of your life! What are your other secrets to staying healthy during the winter months?