Keeping your children (and yourself) healthy during the winter months

As a mother of 4 children, sometimes I would love to just hide in a bubble and not ever go out and expose my family to all the germs, viruses, and yuck out there. But that is not possible and if I tried we all may go insane ūüėČ I know sickness is just part of life, but in years past we have done several things and DRASTICALLY reduced the number of times we got sick and the severity of the sickness! This year I cut some of our protocol out and we felt the brunt of it and found ourselves sick several times…no fun! So here are some things we do to stay healthy!

  1. Delicious Greens! This is a vegetable and fruit powder we like to mix with milk. We love the mocha flavor but the chocolate is good too! It also has probiotics and enzymes in it! My husband has a whole scoop, I have a half, and my kids have 1/4-1/3 scoop each. It is so yummy it tastes like a dessert and could even be used to make hot cocoa! Click here to purchase it.  (If you take another vitamin you may need a separate probiotic as this is so important for gut health)
  2. Vitamin D-¬†In the winter months we don’t spend as much time outside so we don’t get as much vitamin D from the sun. ¬†Vitamin D helps your immune system stay strong so supplementing during with winter months can really help your family! ¬†We add vitamin D3 drops to our delicious greens each day. For more information on how much you may need see the sources below.
  3. Cut the Sugar!– I know this can be super hard to do but sugar should be an occasional treat, not a daily thing. Did you know that sugar cripples your immune system for up to 5 hours!? And this not only includes desserts but a lot of children’s snacks and even 100% juice acts as sugar in the body since it lacks the fiber and has been pasteurized which kills most of the nutrients!
  4. Wash Hands-Whenever we get home from a public place we all wash our hands really well. And don’t forget the baby’s hands since they love to crawl around and touch EVERYthing! Also, remember soap and water wash away germs and viruses that hand sanitizers sometimes don’t kill.
  5. Take off your shoes in your house-This keeps so many germs and viruses out of your house. Lose your shoes at the door and encourage your guests to do so also. (It will also cut down on your cleaning….bonus!)
  6. Essential Oils-We love our essential oils. We rub them, diluted, on our feet and spines when we’ve been exposed to sickness or are coming down with something. Young Living’s Thieves is my favorite but I also love DoTerra’s OnGuard. Frankincense is also one of my go-to’s (make sure you are using pharmaceutical grade oils). They are still a bit controversial so do your research and use your intuition of what you feel comfortable with you and your children!
  7.  Chiropractic Adjustment-Since the nervous system coordinates and controls all systems of the body, including the immune system, it makes sense that if the spine is not aligned then the body is not operating at its full potential.  Chiropractic care is especially amazing when it comes to ear infections. By simply adjusting the ears, which allows the infected fluid to drain,  most people can avoid antibiotics.
  8. Nutrition Response Testing-I am going to go into this deeper on another blog but doctors are able to test your nervous system and see if it is functioning correctly, and if not, what is hindering it. Then they are able to see what supplement can help or what food may need to be avoided while your body heals. This testing can be especially helpful with chronic illness (such as food/seasonal allergies, asthma, constipation, etc) or an acute illness that you or your child is having a hard time getting over.  You can call 866-418-4801 to find a doctor that does NRT testing in your area.

I hope these tips helped but also remember that no matter what we do there are still times our children will get sick, and this is needed so their bodies can get stronger and learn how to fight off illnesses. ¬†Also, remember that fevers are good, and the body’s way of fighting the illness. ¬†So let kids be kids, get dirty, and be there to snuggle them when they do get sick.

Disclaimer: I am not a doctor and this is not medical advice ūüôā

Sources

Vitamin D- http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2009/03/21/can-vitamin-d-cure-the-common-cold.aspx

Sugar-https://healthfree.com/nutrition-sugar-immune-system-foods.html

Chiropractic care-http://icpa4kids.org/Wellness-Articles/why-should-children-have-chiropractic-care.html

Tips for Early Potty-Training

Okay! Here we go! One of the most dreaded parenting tasks….potty-training! ¬†It’s not easy or stress-free but once it’s accomplished it’s AMAZING! So here are some pointers for you!

  1. Switch to cloth if you haven’t already. Do you have to? No, but it does help. And not only that but it’s better for the environment and fewer chemicals/plastics on your baby’s booty. They can be expensive but they can also be super cheap if you do it the right way. You could buy a dozen prefolds and 3-4 covers and you are good to go. Baby feels when they are wet and potty trains soooo much faster!
  2. Naked time! It can get messy and it’s optimal to plan to do this in the summer when they can be outside more but it is doable in the winter and helps so much! Something about being able to see it and feel it (a little gross I know) and putting that together with the sensation is key. If you have to roll up your rugs for a month or two.
  3. Put a baby potty where it is easily accessible.  Whether that is the playroom or the living room and encourage them to sit on it and try to go.
  4. Treats!!!! And they don’t have to be unhealthy! My fourth child loves coconut oil so at first if he sat and tried he would get a scoop, then later, when he actually went he would get a bite of it. Xylitol mints also work well and don’t cause cavities.
  5. Praise and more praise! Silly dances, songs, and cheering also go a long way. Especially when they are first trying it out….let them know you are proud of them.
  6. Look for signs of readiness. For every child this is different. My earliest was 15 months and my latest almost 2 but some children aren’t ready until much later. When they are in the bathroom with you (when are they not?!) talk about what you are doing and ask them occasionally if they want to try. When they start talking about going in their diaper, or hide to go in their diapers or ask for a change right after they may be ready. Give them a shot!
  7. Talk to them. I know they are little but a lot of times they understand so much more than you realize. When you are changing their diapers tell them when they start going on the potty they can have treats or they will be your big boy/girl. Don’t shame them. Make this a fun, positive experience.
  8. Don’t stress. Every month or two try a couple of days of naked time with the potty out. Encourage them to try to go on it. If they totally seem lost, don’t stress out. Just put it away and try again next month or until they show some more signs of readiness.

I hope these have helped you! And please remember they will get it eventually so love on your babies and enjoy the moments of them being little!