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The Bends: Kicking Colds to the Curb

Cold and flu season is just awful, isn’t it?  When you’re a Mama, it’s awful times 10. Because on a regular basis we already  feel helpless, frustrated, and exhausted. So let’s face it — ain’t nobody got time for a cold and we definitely don’t have time for the flu on top of all that. I see you nodding your head, lady. Read on, because you’re about to get a ton of information that you can stash in your cold/flu arsenal that will leave you feeling empowered, confident, and perhaps a little less exhausted (we’re Mamas — it’s our calling).

Seeing your kids’ little bodies slumped over because they can’t muster the energy to play, much less smile, can physically hurt at times. It doesn’t have to be like that though, I promise you. I’d be lying if I said that my family didn’t get sick, however, we don’t stay sick. We have quite the tool belt when it comes to wellness options and we wouldn’t have it any other way. I’m going to share with you just a few ways we provide support to our family through the cold and flu season.  

Let’s talk prevention, yes? 

Get some sleep.

Did you know that your immune system is heavily reliant on being rested? We have these proteins within our immune system called cytokines that are necessary for fighting infection or inflammation. The Mayo Clinic cites studies that show when we’re under stress or sleep deprived, the production of those proteins are decreased. I get it. It’s hard to get those eight hours of sleep when you have a baby attached to your breast or a bottle, or in your bed, or your to-do list extends far into the night because that’s when you get it all done. Find moments to rest and take naps. It’s not the same as sleeping throughout the night, however, your body will be better for it. 

Probiotics

Did you know that 70-80% of your immune system lies within your gut? Food Matters discusses the connection between your immune system and your gut health in great detail. When your immune system is unable to perform its primary functions, we’re essentially left defenseless and helpless. Probiotics improve immune function while protecting against hostile bacteria to prevent infection and ALSO improve digestion and absorption of food and nutrients. One of our favorite probiotics is from Jarrow and is called Yum Yum Dophilus. We initially chose this one because it’s dairy and gluten free. And let me tell you, from one Mama of a picky eater to another, it’s kid approved!   

Vitamin C

Ladies. Vitamin C is just everything. Let me say that again – VITAMIN C IS EVERYTHING. Vitamin C repairs and grows the tissue throughout your body. It also helps heal wounds, makes collagen, and maintains your bones and teeth, according to this Abundance & Health article.

One of the most important aspects of Vitamin C is that it helps to neutralize oxidative stress. Oxidative WHAT? Oxidative stress is similar to two sisters fighting in your body. One of the sisters is mean (free radicals) and the other is just this warrior of a woman (antioxidants). Free radicals are unpaired electrons that just bump around your body, trying to find their mate. Free radicals can be found in the food we eat, the air we breathe, the water we drink, medicines we take, so on and so forth. They’re also associated with many diseases (such as cancer, Alzheimer’s and a whole plethora of others). But we’re not here to talk about diseases, we’re here to talk solutions!

A great vitamin C can be found here and is called Super C. It’s infused with essential oils which actually assist and increase the absorption of the supplement into your body.

NingXia Red

This is a POWERHOUSE of a juice. Our family takes one shot of this daily; it is kid, husband, and mama approved. Does it really get any better? Let me break it down for you. It’s a blended juice that contains naturally high levels of anthocyanins and polyphenols, which block those oxygen-based free radicals from damaging body tissue that we talked about earlier. NingXia Red is the vitamin C of 150 strawberries, the Vitamin K of 260 tomatoes, the magnesium of 45,500 raw almonds, the folate of 70 onions, the panththenic acid of 120 broccoli heads, the iron of 100 bunches of spinach, the Vitamin B6 of 45 carrots, the Vitamin A of 45 apples, the Vitamin C and folate of 200 oranges, the manganese of 1,600 blueberries, and 100 grams of the most antioxidant rich food ever – the superfood known as the goji berry.  You can find out more here.

Essential Oils

Essential oils can be dated back to 4500BC. And though they’re growing in popularity, they’re definitely not a fad that will disappear anytime soon. More and more people are experiencing the unparalleled benefits that essential oils bring about physically and emotionally. They support ALL of our body systems including the endocrine, digestive, skeletal, muscular, nervous, lymphatic, urinary, reproductive, and cardiovascular systems, AS WELL AS the structures and functions of our bodies. These oils are a POWERHOUSE when it comes to supporting a healthy body and boosting your immune system. To find out more about essential oils and how they work, click here.

Stop using antibacterial soaps. 

This article from Smithsonian Magazine lays it all out there, but I’ll mention a few of the big-ticket ideas. Antibacterial soaps have been called out by the FDA for toting these audacious claims that they kill bacteria and leave you feeling clean and fresh after using them. Not only do they have the potential to create antibiotic-resistant bacteria, but some of the ingredients may be known endocrine disruptors that cause more harm than good. Read more about breaking the cycle of using hazardous chemicals here.

Those creeps cold and flu have made their way into your home…now what?

Kick them to the curb and keep this list handy! First things first, make sure you’re taking care of you. I’m not going to go into the whole, put your oxygen mask on first soapbox, but really, put your oxygen mask on.  Do all of the aforementioned tips and continue to support your healthy systems. 

Chicken Noodle Soup

Yes, Mama. Chicken noodle soup is really a thing.  CBS News reported in this article that soups are hydrating and also speed up the movement of mucus simply because they are hot; both are qualities that play vital roles in amping up recovery.

But don’t fall for the canned stuff in the store! Chicken noodle soup is easy to make and there’s something about a Mama’s touch that makes it that much better.

And don’t even get me started on all the benefits of bone broth. Check out this article detailing nine benefits of bone broth. One of those benefits includes healing your gut. Remember what we said in regards to your immune system? When you know better, you do better. This is my go to recipe and I definitely recommend making it ahead of time and freezing it!  

ACF Immunity Support

ACF Immunity Support for children is like a throat punch to all the yucks in the world. It’s not the tastiest thing on the planet, but it does the job. We mix ours with a bit of organic grape juice and throw it down the hatch. It’s vegetarian; free of gluten, wheat, yeast, and dairy;  and will help you see the light at the end of the tunnel. It’s a fast acting immune system support.  

NoseFrida

Yes, yes you read that right. The NoseFrida. If your baby isn’t a FridaBaby yet, what are you waiting for? This is the single most disgustingly gratifying thing you can do for your kids, and even yourself, when you have caught the funk and it’s stuck in your nasal passage.  You literally suck the snot out of your babe’s nose and before you start gagging, you’ve got to hear me out because when you:

Just a coupla NoseFrida baby besties. If these two can do it, any baby can!

 

  1. see the look of relief on their face when they can breathe again and
  2. see how much of that thick, green mucus is no longer dripping down their throats, making it difficult to breathe, eat, drink, sleep or basically live because of that awful nasal drip and
  3. feel the sweetness that comes along with victory, you won’t mind it one bit.  Long live the Frida.

And there you have it, folks. Those are my tried and true tips and I know they’re tried and true because we use them. We use them on the daily to keep us above that wellness line, but on the rare occasion that we fall below it, we’ve got an arsenal that can help us rise above.

Mama, I want you to feel empowered and confident instead of helpless and lost when your child is sick. We often only hear about traditional, Western medicine. But we must remember that medicine can be found in nature and that we are for more capable than we once thought. Obviously, please consult your doctor should you or your family experience any health issues that are concerning to you. I’m not a doctor nor do I wish I was one (webMD would really be in trouble then…). I am, however, an advocate for health and wellness and I have a strong, passionate desire to empower women to make informed choices. You are strong, you are brave, and you are capable – and don’t you forget it.

With bone broth and NoseFrida victories,

Allie D.

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