Goodbye Gombu! – Healthy Solutions to Seasonal Sickness

 

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Many of the leaves are starting to fall to the ground here and change colors in other parts of the country signaling fall and changes in both the season and temperature while also creating one of our annual immune system challenges.

Yes, it’s true, when the temperatures go up and down the changes create additional challenges to the immune system, and can cause more stress than it is prepared to handle at the time, bringing on some kind of illness – frequently experienced as colds, flus, headaches, allergies, sinus infections, bronchitis, strep, and the list goes on…

I wanted to take this opportunity to remind you that these challenges are happening now, that they happen every year, especially occurring at the time when seasons and temperatures change, and share a few things we do at our house that you can do too for preventing sickness and general unpleasantness at these times.

Koolma’s Be Healthy Toolkit

1- Diet, diet, diet!!  Always and forever, a very important element of being and staying healthy! As a preventative, and especially if you are feeling some kind of  symptoms coming on, do your best to eat more raw and fresh cooked (ie, not frozen, canned, etc – organic is best) fruits and veggies along with quality meats (hopefully wild or organic). I highly recommend staying away from sugar (including fruit juice, due to high sugar levels – even unsweetened organic juices are high in sugar – if you do have some, dilute it 50/50 with water and try to keep it to a minimum) and dairy to prevent or heal sickness as they are both challenging to your digestive and immune systems making it easier for you to get and stay sick. I also think it is good to stay away from grains, especially gluten, to assist in being the healthiest you (if you have ever made a pinata you might understand why – you make the glue to construct the pinata with flour and water – imagine your compromised body trying to function optimally while you are loading it up with “glue”). Keep in mind that if the bug has really set in, you may not feel like eating, and that may be what your body needs, but liquids are pretty much always beneficial (read further about the why of this here).

2- Vitamin C – You can also add some vitamin C to help your immune system stay strong or fight off what is trying to find a new home in your body. At our house, we have used both Emergen-C (here) and some other quality food source vitamin C sources. I frequently make our family “cocktail” (see Mommy’s Magic Potions for the recipe) using Emergen-C, (available here) or add some vitamin C powder (this is one I have used) to a morning smoothie (one of my general recipes is:  about 8-10 oz of either coconut or almond milk as the base & add some frozen berries, possibly a chunk of frozen banana, a few ice cubes, and then add whatever other supplements I want to – like vitamin C, chia seed, protein powder, flax seed or oil, probiotic, a few almonds, etc., blend and enjoy!).

3- Get plenty of rest. Shorting yourself on sleep is a strain on your body and immune system. This can make you more susceptible to catching something or it can prevent you from healing very quickly from whatever gombu that you already have, so make sure you get consistent rest (at least 7 hrs/night) and more than that if you feel the need, to help your body fight off any body invaders. Listen to your body! In our fast-paced world, we are very good at ignoring or overriding what our body tells us, but it is very important to listen to it to help prevent illness and disease, as well as to heal and recover from it. Taking rest a little further, you can even integrate in some meditation for added peace of mind and relaxation – both are very beneficial for healing. (Here is a free meditation download from one of the people I really like.)

4- Essential oils. One of the main oils I use when someone is sick or as a preventative is garlic oil. Massage it onto the soles of your feet and put on some socks to keep it from getting onto your floors, carpets, or bedding. I also like Immune Strength for additional immune boosting (can be massaged on the feet in lieu of or in addition to garlic, as well as other places indicated on the product) and Migraine Relief (amazing help for headaches – as a massage therapist, I use this often on my clients, my family/friends and myself. I absolutely love it and so does everyone I use it on – very effective!!) from Native American Nutritionals.

5- Love!!  (the secret very powerful healing mojo)  Make sure to love and be kind to yourself when you are sick or feeling something coming on and model being loving and kind to others when they are sick. Everyone benefits from kindness, touch (massage is also good! or hugs!!) and TLC. When you are sick is a great time to soak in the tub with some epsom salts or get it ready for your beloved family member or friend who is ill. I like to take a big glass of iced water with some fresh lemon juice squeezed in it to sip on while I am soaking. Another TLC experience is to enjoy a nice hot cup of body supportive herbal tea (ginger root is good or some of my favorite boxed ones for detoxing are here).

I hope these are helpful for your fall transition and add to your existing or developing toolbox for a happy, healthy life!!

 

Blessings to you and thank you for all the loving parenting you do; it makes a better world, one Sweetie at a time.

Hug attached,

Koolma  : )

 

What remedies, concoctions or techniques have you used to take care of yourself or loved ones when sickness comes a knockin?    Have you noticed some are much more effective or enjoyable to you than others?   Do you have special pointers about caring for sick kids and effective remedies, etc?


We’d love to hear from you, so please share your thoughts and experiences in the comments section so we can help each other; remember, we are all in this together!

 

 

 

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