Kids are like little petri dishes for germs. While I will say that my two and five year old have apparently built up good antibodies, I apparently have not. Sometimes I feel like my kids get home from daycare and school and hand deliver all the germs straight to me.
I think that germs need the memo that moms don’t have time to get sick!
Out of pure desperation to stay healthy, I have concocted my own Top 10 Ways to keep a healthy system and to ward off germs quick when they do get into your system!
1) Wash your hands. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention still names this as the number one way to avoid germs. I am going to increase the soap and length of time I spend washing to maximize results. Sanitizer is great (this is my fave from Target), but soap and water are always ideal.
2) Probiotic. A healthy digestive tract can mean a healthy immune system. Probiotics are live microorganisms that may be able to help prevent and treat some illnesses. I have gotten off the bandwagon but am back on now. I think the refrigerated ones work better. I took this one when I was pregnant because I was convinced that it was positively impacting baby’s digestive development (more to come in a future post on this topic!)
3) Apple Cider Vinegar. A co-worker of mine told me to drink a tablespoon or two of this at the first onset of a cold or the flu or when someone close to you is sick. It apparently helps the “ick” from fully hitting you. Warning, it’s super gross – but way better than being sick!
4) Warm Salt Water. Gargling warm water with a bit of salt has been said to take care of a sore throat (often you have to repeat several times). It can sooth, kill bacteria and break down secretions.
5) Chili Powder. If the salt and warm water isn’t taking care of business, try adding 1/8-1/4 teaspoon to warm water to gargle (do not drink!). I have tried it and am a believer!
6) Peppermint Oil. Sprays containing peppermint oil may help to relieve sore throats and to break up mucus helping with cough relief. It contains anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antiviral properties which can encourage healing. You can take peppermint essential oil to rub on your chest as well and try mixing it with coconut oil. Smells and feels great.
7) Honey. It can fight infection and kill almost every type of bacteria. Put a little (or a lot) in warm water, drink and enjoy.
8) Increase Water Intake. Similar to the hand washing, this one seems so obvious. But the day gets busy, coffee calls your name and sometimes drinking 8 eight ounce glasses of water is hard to do. Water can also break up congestion and thin out mucus.
9) Oil Pulling. I have used coconut oil for this technique that is found to whiten teeth and also draw out toxins in your body. Take a tablespoon of oil and swish it around in your mouth for 10-20 minutes. Spit out, do not swallow. It is not the most convenient of remedies but it’s an ancient technique so it’s worth a try!
10) The Neti Pot. I have saved the best for last as this is my ultimate favorite! Many people are turned off by it but I am a strong believer.
What sure-fire cold remedies do you use in your house? We mamas need to stay healthy – and need all the tips we can get!