Every year the media and fear-mongerers want to let us know that this year is " the worst flu season ever", stirring up a lot of fear and panic in everybody. Well, here we are, on the precipace of the ramp up of flu season and now the coronavirus threatens a pandemic world-wide. Should you be scared? No! Should you be prepared? Yes, that's prudent. There are some pointers that I wanted to share with you to help protect you and your family - to help keep you healthy in the first place.
Let's talk supplements first, then check out the rest of the blog about practices to avoid illness:
SUPPLEMENTS- They help. I provide patients in my practice with access to high grade clinical supplements. Brands I trust that have third party testing for impurities and potency. I spend time vetting these brands/products. I will provide a link where you can purchase high quality supplements with 10% discount. I do make some money when you purchase from this site, if you choose to do so, I appreciate your support. I know you can purchase at your local Whole Foods, on Amazon or perhaps CVS, but if you make a purchase off this site you support my practice and ensure I can continue to bring you great information. Without further ado, my take on the daily things you should have your children taking during cold and flu season.
Daily multivitamin - This is the time of year to get a multivitamin in. You, your partner, your kiddos. If you question whether you eat enough fruit and vegetables, nuts/seeds, then this is a no brainer way to make sure you are getting what you need. The fact of the matter is our food system has been taxed by over production of single crops, and the nutrient values of foods are lower than they were 50 and 100 years ago, our soils are degraded and less rich in minerals. Choosing to supplement with a daily multi is like an insurance policy to make sure you and your kiddos are getting everything they need.
Here is a link to my dispensary. Free shipping on orders over $49 dollars, and remember 10% off everything. Once you create an account, click "go to the catalog" and look for childrens wellness recommendations.
And mama's that are breastfeeding: your breastmilk will contain all of the wonderful nutrients that you've taken for your own health, PLUS your body will make antibodies that will pass to your breastfeedng baby that will help him or her stay healthy, and will keep your baby hydrated, nourished, and to help him or her recover quickly should he or she become ill.
K, let's talk about everything else to do!
1) Pray and protect your mind. Pray. Don't listen to the news, it will always dramatize how bad it is, how many cases that are out there and how "horrible" it is. That really doesn't help keep us healthy to hear that - just the opposite actually, as it keeps us in fear and in greater danger of actually getting sick because we've doubled down on stress.
2) WASH YOUR HANDS. The most important thing to keep yourselves healthy is frequent hand washing with soap and warm/hot water. This is the time of year to pull out the legit sanitizing agents with alcohol and keep in your purse/car/diaper bag. Get those kill everything 99.9% lysol wipes and keep around your house, in your car, at your desk at work, etc. Actually spend 20 seconds washing hands with warm soapy water.
3) Avoid exposure. If you don't need to go to the movies, the store, the mall, etc. Spend some more time resting at home with family.
4) Stock up on food/water/supplies. This may be crazy to think, but if coronavirus hits your town, there may be mandatory quarintines. Make sure you have food at home, staples, shelf stable stuff, waters. Buy a few chickens, roast them, then make bone broth. That way if you end up with the cold, flu, coronavirus, you already have good quality bone broth to make soup out of.
5) Clean your cell phone. Actually sanitize your cell phone. They harbor so much germs.
6) Use a hand sanitizer when you can't wash your hands.
6) Do not touch your eyes, inside of your nose, or your mouth unless your hands are clean. Period.
7) Keep your sinuses moist. Dry air can cause dry sinuses. Keeping your nasal passages moist can help prevent symptoms such as pain and nose bleeds, and can even help prevent colds and sinus infections. Humidifiers are a great option.
8) Be sure to get as much sleep and rest as you can. A depleted body is more susceptible to illness than a strong body is.
9) Stress also depletes the body. Chill out friends.
10) Avoid sugar and alcohol. Both tank your immune system.
11) Drink plenty of water. Do your best!
Caitlin Johnson is a dietitian, wife, lover of ice cream, chef wannabe, California-girl, Christian, liver eating, "food-avore."
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Santa Maria, California 93454
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