Flu outbreaks and stomach viruses are going around like crazy. Our family opts not to get the flu shot, so at the beginning of flu season I started doing a few things to help boost our immune systems. My one year old daughter had some sort of virus a couple weeks ago. I only knew she had it because she developed a rash on her stomach. She had a little bit of diarrhea, but she acted like her normal self and it never seemed to bother her much. So here’s what we’ve been doing (And remember, I am no doctor. These are just some things that have worked for my family):
Immune Boosting for Kids
- Daily dose of probiotics: We use these Jarrow Drops for Babies.
- Grassmilk Yogurt: Yogurt has probiotics as well. I opt for sugar free and add in a tiny bit of my own sweetener (maple syrup or honey). I use Organic Valley’s brand and buy it from Earthfare or Whole Foods.
- Elderberry Syrup: My friend Erin Balkind recommended this to me and I put half a teaspoon in Harper’s yogurt every day. I am a firm believer that it has made a huge difference. Recipe at the bottom of this post. (Also, Erin is a phenomenal craniosacral therapist in the Greensboro, NC area. Check her out at http://cbebodywork.com/)
Immune Boosting for Adults
- Daily dose of probiotics: I use these. I also drink about 4-6 ounces of kombucha daily. See this post to find out how to make your own kombucha.
- Grassmilk Yogurt: I eat grassmilk yogurt right along with my daughter. I typically make my own granola to go with it.
- Immune Boosting Essential Oil Blend: I put an immune boosting essential oil blend on my feet daily and I also diffuse it in my house. This type of blend typically includes orange, clove, cinnamon, eucalyptus, and rosemary essential oils.
- Take an Elderberry Supplement: I take these.
Aside from taking these steps, it is also important to eat well. I make sure that we lots of veggies, protein, and healthy fats (i.e. avocado, coconut oil). I try to extremely limit our sugar and carb intake (except for veggie carbs) this time of year.
Elderberry Syrup Recipe
- 1/2 cup dried elderberry
- 2 cups filtered water
- 1/4 cup honey (leave out for babies under 12 months old)
- Bring water and elderberries to a rolling boil in a small pan.
- Once boiling, reduce heat and simmer for about 25 minutes. The liquid should be reduced by at least half.
- Strain elderberries and the honey while the liquid is still hot. Transfer to a small container and store in the refrigerator.
- Serving size : 1/2 teaspoon daily for kids
What are some things you do to boost your immune system?