There’s always that time of year when we are more aware of germs then ever before. Yes, I’m talking about that nasty virus called the Flu.
In this article, I will share how I naturally avoid the flu and keep my family healthy.
As a wife and mama of two, I see it as my duty to do all I can to keep my family healthy. After all, its certainly not a priority in their eyes.
There was a time I would grab medicine from the cabinet as soon as I heard the clicking noise you make with your tongue, which was always an indicator someone had a itchy throat and was about to come down with a cold.
I have since found more effective and natural alternatives to keep my family healthy and managed to avoid the flu all together.
So what’s keeping my kids so healthy and why have they never had the flu?
Well I keep them covered in prayer and make a huge effort to apply 5 simple natural methods to their lives.
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How To Naturally Avoid The Flu
1. Healthier Diet:
Eating healthy can certainly be a challenge for some, but when it comes to avoiding the flu (or any virus for that matter), its definitely needed.
Incorporating more fruits and veggies into your diet, will give your immune system a boost. Therefore, your body will be able to fight off more viruses that may try to come your way.
Check out my article on How To Get Your Child To Eat More Veggies. It will give you different ideas on how you can start incorporating more veggies into your kid’s diet.
2. Proper Hand Washing:
This is self explanatory but, not always done as frequent as it should be. According to the Global Hygiene Council, we should wash our hands over 6 times a day!
If you think about it, that’s really feasible! My kids use the bathroom more times a day then that so I think we got that covered.
Also, they eat at least three times a day (not including snacks) and we try our best to make sure we practice hand washing before eating food.
The CDC has recommended when it’s important to wash your hands:
- Before preparing/eating food
- Before/after treating someone who is sick or caring for a open wound
- After using the restroom, helping a child in the restroom, or changing diapers
- If you blow your nose, sneeze or cough in your hands
- After petting animals, handling animal food or poop
- After touching the trashcan or dealing with garbage
According to the CDC, the proper way to wash your hands include these steps:
- First wet your hands completely
- Lather your hands with soap
- Scrub front to back and in between fingernails for dear life for 20 seconds
- Rinse your hands then air dry or towel dry
3. Cleaning & Disinfecting Surfaces:
It’s important to clean and disinfect surfaces around the house that are touched often. But first, let’s know the difference between cleaning and disinfecting.
Cleaner: A product used for cleaning surfaces or objects; Rids the dirt but does not kill the germs. I personally use a multi purpose cleaner that is made from plant-based ingredients and is safe for the environment.
I absolutely love it because I can use it on pretty much anything and that’s a mama’s cleaning dream! I also love that it is safe to use around my kiddos.
Whenever I’m on the go with the kids, I use my multi purpose wipes. They are literally good for anything but I mainly use them for spills in the car and to wipe the kids hands after they play at the park or something.
Disinfectant: A chemical product used to kill germs on surfaces or objects. I personally don’t use disinfectants as much because it is full of chemicals and I try not to expose my kids to them as much as possible.
Getting an adequate amount of sleep, can improve memory, your mood, and overall health. It’s just a vital part of overall development.
I try my best to make sure my kiddos get at least 12 hours of sleep per night and at least an hour nap per day.
The National Sleep Foundation as a recommended sleep duration chart for all ages.
5. Vitamins and Supplements:
This has truly been one of the biggest things for keeping my family healthy and avoid the flu. There was a point when my hubby and I were totally against taking anything “extra.”
After having our two children, we realized we may not necessarily eat all the healthy things we should be eating on a daily basis. Especially the kids!
They are pretty good eaters but sometimes they may not get all the nutrients from the food they eat that day.
My hubby takes a men’s raw whole food multivitamin that has probiotics and enzymes with no binders or fillers.
I take the same multivitamin for women, and they both have 23 raw fruit and veggie blends and 24 essential vitamin and mineral blends.
We need all of our nutrients with these little ones!
For the kids, they take a multivitamin, which includes a probiotic.
Since this multivitamin is for kids ages 4 years and up, my daughter who isn’t 4 years old just yet, takes half per day.
I really like their multivitamin because it’s a whole food vitamin that includes probiotics, which is great for boosting the immune system and overall digestive health.
If either of my kids are trying to come down with a cold, I immediately give them Elderberry Syrup, raw unfiltered honey, and lemon water.
There are a number of other things I do to treat cold symptoms but I will save that for another article.
These 5 simple things have truly helped us avoid the flu.
My family and I have chosen not to get the flu vaccine because there are several different strains of the flu and the one the doctors may be vaccinating for, may not be the actual strain that is out that season.
I really just want everyone to know there are natural alternatives out there for avoiding the flu that I have personally seen to be effective.
I hope this was helpful!
Please comment below if you have any questions or to share how you keep your family healthy during cold and flu season.
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