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Posted on 12-18-2014

I took my preschooler to school yesterday. As I dropped her off, I noticed she was only one of four kids! We weren’t early so I was surprised to see so few students. The teacher said there were a lot of kids out sick. A few returned that day and they wound up with 11 out of 14. My first grader was missing 7 from his class. Most say they have the flu. That may be true—Influenza A is going around and despite the flu vaccine campaign that strain isn’t even in the mix. (source)

The reality is that every fever-sickness combo that hits in the fall/winter months is NOT the flu. You can easily have a stomach virus that is not the flu. So let’s not go self-diagnosing and calling it the flu if you in fact do not have it. Also, getting sick is not the worst thing for most people. So often it is your body’s way of telling you: Hey! I am run down and now look, I’m under attack!

Our family is not immune from the occasional bout with sickness. However, I feel we do a lot to prevent. I am going to share with you my tips on the war against the Sick Season. I am not a doctor and I am not giving medical advice. But if you were a friend of mine, and we were sitting down for coffee as you lamented over the sickness of your kids, your spouse, or even yourself―this is what I would tell you works in my house.


1.)    I try to be aware of sugar binges.


This is the time of year where sugar is almost a staple. Just as we recover from Halloween, it is time for the dessert table at Thanksgiving and it pretty much keeps up until the end of the year. School parties and get togethers ensure a steady stream of sugar is not far away. I let my kids enjoy this in reasonable amounts. They can have sweets, but I try to limit the amount consumed each day. I explain to them what it does to their body and that in smack amounts we can enjoy it and process it. I feel teaching them to have portion control is just as key as teaching them will power. (Sugar's effect on the immune system)


2.)    We are a water household

A big way to limit sneaky sugar is to only allow water as a main drink. Of course they get the occasional alternate drink, but we don’t buy store bought juice or cow’s milk. This will cut down dramatically on the amount of sugar taken in when you drink mainly water. At one time, I allowed juice and milk in unlimited quantities because my kids were not big drinkers…or eaters. Calories were welcomed in ALL forms. However, I just stopped buying it and they adjusted. A few thirsty days will make water sound pretty good. It is also a great way to flush the body after indulging in a few holiday treats. (water is so important!)

3.)    We beef up the supplements

During the colder months, I make sure to have a few extra supplements on hand and we take them as regularly as possible. On top of their whole-food supplement they already take, I also give them chewable vitamin C, colostrum, and echinacea with elderberry. They also receive a drop of Vitamin D. This is one they receive all year round…unless we’ve been in the sun a good amount that day. Around 80% of Americans are deficient in Vitamin D. Being deficient in this vitamin is linked to nearly every disease known to man! The drop is tasteless and even a baby can take it. Click here to read more from the Vitamin D Guru!

Beyond this list, we value Chiropractic in that it keeps our nervous system functioning at its best. I can tell you with all honesty that when my son starts to feel a little run down, the first thing he asks for is an adjustment. I have seen him go from fever/headache/earache to well in 30 minutes following an adjustment. That is actually what turned him into a believer!

These tips are not all inclusive. We do a few more things, but these are easy to implement if you are looking for some easy ways to help prevent sickness in your house. Later on, I will share my go-to essential oils and a few other tricks. 

Below you will see the links to the exact supplements we use. I am not being compensated for promoting any of these items. I just like them, my kids eat them, and I believe they help my kids stay healthy. 

Vitamin D

Echinacea with elderberry

Colostrum

Here’s to a happy and healthy holiday season! 

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