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terribly sick, just a cough, thankfully, however, it is enough to make me start
thinking about my winter medicine cabinet, and how I really should be utilizing
these tips most of the year!
hand in the winter to help me to stay as healthy as possible throughout germ
am being honest. Of course we have all
of the regular medicines if we really need them, but I try to keep things as
natural as possible.
The first is raw apple cider vinegar – we use this brand. It has to have the “mother” in it for it to
be a benefit though, so make sure it is raw and unfiltered.
Apple cider vinegar is antimicrobial and can kill some bacteria. This makes it perfect to take in the winter
months. Two tablespoons mixed with some
water morning and night is a great way to keep your body healthy! Yes, vinegar is an acid, but raw apple cider
vinegar has an alkalizing effect on your body (which is partly why it is so
good for you!). It also helps to break
up mucous in the body, which is important when you have any type of cold.
but I really think that local is the way to go on this one. Honey is wonderful for sore throats. My older two will often get a spoonful of
honey when they have any sort of sore throat; it gives them a little
relief. Local raw honey is also perfect
during allergy season, since you are essentially consuming the pollen you are
allergic to, it helps you to build up immunity to it – not a guarantee, but
definitely a help!
garlic, I am not one of those people, and neither is my family. If you do not like raw garlic, you can
certainly buy garlic capsules, but raw is the way to go (you may be picking up
on a theme here!). Garlic has a whole
host of health benefits, you can read more about them here. Garlic contains allicin which can
help reduce the length of time you have cold symptoms.
This one is hands down my favorite. But, there
are so many other varieties, and for so many other different ailments, you
really can’t go wrong with tea – in my opinion!
for any time of year. However, I have
three more bonus tips for you!
for your health. If you are burning the
candle at both ends, your body will not be equipped to fight off germs in the
winter. I know with the holidays coming
up, everyone is so busy (me included!), but getting enough sleep will help you
to stay healthy.
enough sleep, this is OK! Just try to
make sure you turn in a bit earlier the next night.
this time of year. In fact, most people
ramp up the amount of sugar they eat between Halloween and the New Year. There are so many delicious treats available!
sugar. If your body is trying to deal
with an onslaught of sugar and fight
germs, you are in an uphill battle. I’m
not saying “do not enjoy the treats of the season,” but I am saying “do so in
moderation.” Nothing is inherently bad
for you, in my opinion, but if you have pie for breakfast, candy from the jar
at work for lunch, and fudge for dinner, you may be in for an unhealthy season.
difficult to manage.
But, stress is a leading factor in so many different illnesses, not just
getting a cold. Stress weakens your
immune system, making it difficult to fight off any type of virus.
people have. Travel, family visits,
deadlines at work, and it is hard to know how to get it all done without a
little bit of stress.
and center you. You can check out my
series 31 Days of Self-Care to find some tips to de-stress and take
some time for yourself.
mean that you should constantly be go go going until January when you crash and
burn! If we try to take some time for
relaxation, to de-stress at the end of an exceptionally busy day, to know that
this party is not going to make or break our relationships; it is meant to be a
time of celebration.
to stay healthy during the holiday season?