Hi everyone. School is upon us again and we are getting prepared by purchasing paper, pencils and crayons or pens, depending on the ages. And how about our immune system?  Don’t start the school year or the fall season, whatever applies to you, unprepared for germs that will try to attack you at every level. It is inevitable that people will get sick no matter what age. But there are a few things you can do to make it go by quicker or maybe lessen the amount of times.  The immune system is a sensitive thing and we need to treat it with respect. It has a great warning mechanism built into it.  Here are some signs:

  • Headache/ Sore neck
  • Tired/ with children they might be more quiet or fussier then usual
  • Red eyes
  • Sore throat / enlarged lymph nodes (which sometimes do not hurt.  You’ll have to feel for them)

And did you know that our bowels will slow down when the body is sick, even though no other signs might be present yet?  Not a popular subject for most families to talk about.  After all, we teach our child that going to the bathroom is private. But for the sake of health, children need to know the importance of their bowels and to let you know when their bowels are different or slowing down. Here are some natural remedies that might help prevent a cold or help when you do become sick:

  • Drink extra water in the way of tea/honey and good homemade soups and drink 2-6 oz. (depending on your size) every 30 minutes when sick. Rotate from water to juice (no sugar added) to tea to soup, so you’re getting nutrients at the same time hydrating your cells
  • Lemon(1 lemon and it needs to be FRESH) mix with warm water- make as a ‘tea’ with honey, will break up mucous
  • Avoid sugar!!! It’s the #1 thing that weakens the immune system and also anything sugary passing the tonsils can instantly bring on a sore throat
  • Get more sleep (even an extra 30 minutes will help)
  • Soak toothbrushes in hydrogen peroxide for 20 minutes every week and more often while sick
  • Swab your throat with an antiseptic or gargle before you get a sore throat
  • Don’t skip your multivitamins
  • Make sure children are warm while sleeping. A chill is all that is needed to waken a sleeping virus
  • Change pillow cases at least every 3 days and if you’re sick, every day
  • Wash hands IMMEDIATELY when you come home from shopping or any event outside the house
  • Don’t touch your eyes or mouth until the hands have been cleaned. Teach this to your young children
  • Never assume when you are warm that your children are. They don’t have the fat in their tissues like an adult and plus they don’t usually communicate how they feel
  • Vitamin C / Bioflavonoids, 2000mg. and more if you’re feeling run down and/or sick
  • Cod liver oil replaces the vitamin A and D that we don’t get from the sun during the shorter days of fall and winter
  • Echinacea for prevention. 5 days on and 2 days off or use every day when sick
  • Elderberry is great for upper respiratory viral infections and can be taken every day for prevention
  • Colloidal Silver is good for every kind of infection, bacterial or viral
  • Probiotics (Acidophilus / bifidus) strengthens our immune system

These are just a few suggestions for you to get started with. You can do your own research and see for yourself how these remedies can help, and as always, consult with your health professional.  When my children were sick or when my husband and I are not feeling well, fresh garlic is my favorite remedy, and also onion garlic soup.  If you’re interested in the recipes let me know.  I’ve also had good results with oregano oil.

In the fall time the weather changes so rapidly. You’ll be somewhere inside and 2 hours later walk outside and the air got chilly. Always be prepared with sweaters and leggings or even a scarf when you leave the house. And again just because you might not feel cold, it doesn’t mean your babies aren’t cold. When the body temperature lowers, your immune system is vulnerable for a virus to attack.

Another strong immune buster is stress.  It can come in the form of loneliness, sadness, anger, or being over worked. These can apply to children also.

This is the thing–whether you have children or not, no one wants to be sick and hurting, but when it happens then it’s time to slow down and take care of that hurting one. And that includes us! Pain killers and fever reducing medicine is not the answer.  We get so busy in making sure everything is just right and all our obligations are met that we forget our real obligation and responsibility to take care of the situation at hand. And FYI: Our cells get mutated with a virus. So if you think having a cold is ok, it’s like saying its ok to have your cells mutated or changed to something you have no control over. That sounds pretty creepy to me!  A virus was called a ‘bug’ when I was growing up.  It might not be called that anymore, but it’s still a bug–a parasite!

Remember, without your health you have nothing. Consider your health as your greatest investment! There is no price tag that you can put on health. Stay warm, have fun, laugh at yourself (Don’t take everything so serious), enjoy your family and friends, and count your blessings. Sometimes this can be the best medicine!

Happy to be

Gerri Gatto, your weight loss coach