As kids during the cold season my mum would give us raw ginger and honey religiously every morning to keep us from getting sick. Today 40+ years later and thousands of miles away from home I am still a strong believer of homemade remedies.
My favorite during the winter months is my ginger, turmeric and raw honey brew, it works wonders for us.
Chop fresh ginger and turmeric root (about a thumb each) and pour 8oz of boiling water over and let brewed for 10 minutes. Then strain it out and add raw honey to taste. If you are not familiar with the health benefits of these super power roots look them up and your cold seasons will never be the same. What is your favorite home remedy for the cold?
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The adage we are what we eat is so true, this is coming from a place of experience. Our son who is 7 yrs old has never had an ear infection or any recurring colds and I know for sure that it is simple because of the way we eat. This is not exclusive to just our home, there are millions of families who eat like we do and like us has not experienced the ‘new normal’ of children being persistently sick of the same issues over and over. It is truly not as normal as we are made to believe for a baby to have recurring ear infections or cold and being loaded with antibiotics etc which as we all know is really not taking care of the issue because you won’t have to come back after a month if it actually did correct the problem.
Nutrition is a crucial part of our wellbeing and it is unfortunate that parents are not being encouraged and educated on the importance of it. It is really not as complicated as it sounds, healthy foods = healthy kids.. Feed your kids with an intention to good health and before you take a prescription for your baby find out first if a change of diet might fix the problem.. Seriously it shouldn’t take 10 visits to the pediatrician’s office for the same illness to realized that it might be diet related, kids get easily sick when their immune system is compromised from sub optimal nutrients.
As busy as we all are it is widely agreed upon that we all want to be healthy especially our kids, take the time to feed your family real fresh food that is nourishing to their bodies, if you have the time make it fresh at home or buy freshly made food.. Manufacturers use labels to tell us characteristics of their products, become a compulsive label reader and feed/eat only that which serves a purpose of good health..
Below are a list of things I never feed my son
- Any Foods with 10 ingredients or more. Wholesome foods tend to have very few ingredients because they only contain ingredients that are essential to making that product.
- High fructose corn syrup (HFCS)
- Enriched and bleached flour (be careful because it may say “whole grain” or “wheat” on the package. It’s not necessarily 100% wheat flour)
- Trans fats/hydrogenated vegetable oils
- Artificial colorings
- Saturated fats
- High-sugars/refined sugars
- High sodium (we should not consume more than 2 grams/2000mg of sodium per day)
- Monosodium Glutamate (MSG)
- Sodium nitrate