How to prep your family's health for the winter
I know it may seem strange that I am writing this post in the middle of summer…. and to be honest, it was weird for me at first too. But we have had 2 really bad winters with our daughter who has suffered from really bad breathing problems in the winter. We were determined to find out what we needed to change to make improvements. With much prayer, tears, researching and learning we decided to try something different last year, and we saw a huge difference. We started prepping for the winter bugs earlier.
Now I know you Mama, you are most likely the one that will be up at night with your children when they are sick… having to give those extra hugs and kisses during the day. And if you are working from home or have other children, it takes this to a whole new level of energy, patience and perseverance needed. If you go down too… you know it is a wrap. Over and out. Everything is on hold until you are able to recover.
What if there was a better way?
Below is a download of the different things we use to boost our children’s health…. and the bonus is, you can take it too.
So how do we go about boosting our children’s health?… and our health too.
1. Eat well
I know this probably sounds super simple, but the reality is a lot of us do not eat to live, we live to eat. In other words, we don’t think about what we eat and ask ourselves whether this will actually benefit my body or do more damage to my body. Aim to have your plate half full with vegetables for each meal. For breakfast eat a bowl of fruit first before eating your cereal/ porridge. This will help you not only get more fruit or vegetables in your system, but also more nutrients, vitamins and minerals… these are essential building blocks to a healthy body that can better fight off infections and illnesses.
2. Reduce your sugar
Don’t shoot the messenger. I know you may not want to hear this, but sugar is not our friend. Actually it is our enemy. There are no nutrients in sugar, they are empty calories … not just that, but our body has to use the nutrients it already has in order to break down the sugar we put in. In simple terms if when we eat sugar we end up with less nutrients after consumption. Sugar takes from us and gives us nothing. I won’t bore you with how much sugar is in the foods and drinks we eat. All I recommend is you read the labels before you buy. Sugar comes in different names, fructose, glucose, dextrose, sucrose (just to name a few). So be careful what you are feeding your children and yourself. Instead of completely stopping, try swapping your foods for healthier options.
3. Essential Oils
Essential Oils are my best friend. If I am not diffusing them throughout the day, I am rubbing them on the bottom of the kids feet and their chest. It is so simple to make your own homemade rub that you will never buy rub again…. I hope. Some of the must haves in our home are peppermint oil, eucalyptus oil, lavender oil and ginger oil.
Make your own rub and rub on the bottom of their feet (on of the easiest places for it to be absorbed) and their chest when you see a cold coming on. You can also diffuse it in their room at night.
Please do not rub the essential oils directly on your skin. Always mix with a carrier oil such as coconut oil, almond oil, olive oil etc.
4. Elderberry Syrup
Elderberries have so many health benefits. But the reason why we use it so much is because of their respiratory benefits and anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Especially when cold seasons come, elderberries are known to help to reduce the build up on mucus (one of the biggest issues when having a cold).
We make our own elderberry syrup, it is a lot more cost effective and it means there is not gunk in there. But I know you are a busy Mama so if you need to buy, this is the one we would buy and take with us when we are travelling. We start giving this to our children once a day (1 tablespoon) from August/ September. The aim is to build it up over time rather than use it when a cold comes. When the cold comes we up the dosage to a teaspoon every 3 hours.
There are plenty to harvest in August. You can dry them and freeze them to keep you going throughout the winter.
5. Vitamin D3
Vitamin D3 is a sneaky one, it is the vitamin that no one really pays much mind to. Vitamin D is essential for bone development because it helps the body use the calcium. This is essential for growing children. A lack of vitamin D can also cause severe asthma, which is why we ensure our children’s vitamin D is topped up. A few years ago I got tested and my vitamins D was so low I had to take really high doses from the GP to get it back to some sort of normality. If you are constantly feeling tired Mama, lethargic, cognitive impairment of some sort, check your vitamin D levels.
For those who, like us, have darker skin, it is even more important to get out in the sun during the summer days and take your vitamin D3 during the winter days. Lack of vitamin D can also affect your immune system. During the summer we are out every day. During winter we give the children these vitamins.
To get a full list of the things we use to boost our children’s immune system, download the PDF below.
Please note that the links used in this PDF and email are linked to our affiliates and I may earn a commission on purchases made. However, all products that I have suggested are the items which we use for our family and I would like to share them with you.
Don't forget yourself Mama!
Like I said at the very beginning, we Mama’s love to look after everyone else and forget ourselves. Remember yourself Mama. Take everything too. You need to look after yourself too!
Let me know in the comments, what do you do to help to keep your family healthy?
Have a wonderful day.