Keep a cold from getting worse | 5 best-kept secrets

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Who as time to get sick?

Yeah...me neither. Yet trying to stay healthy during cold and flu season is an almost full time job- and if your little ones are around other kids, it can feel pretty impossible. Thankfully, there are some unexpected things you can do to nip that first sign of a cold  in the bud, so you can stay on your mommying A-Game. 

1. Skip ALL THE SUGAR

Seriously, the minute you feel that cold coming on, give sugar the boot. No maple syrup, no agave nectar, no actual sugar. If you need a sugar fix without the immune-system crashing, xylitol is a strong contender. 

2. Back off of the EMF’s

Electromagnetic frequencies (EMF's) are all over the place, and they actually weaken your immune system (scientific studies here and here). The most common culprits are Wi-Fi signals (including wireless baby monitors, ya'll. These things emit crazy, harmful levels of EMF.) Also problematic are smartphones, laptops, wireless landline phones, and microwaves. While you likely can't completely control your exposure, turning off the WiFi in your house as often as possible- especially at night when your body does it's repair work- is a great start. Don't sleep in the same room as your electronics, unplug as much as you can in your bedroom, and keep your phone on airplane mode as often as possible. 

3. Drink Bone Broth

The health benefits of bone broth are numerous. Here are a few: 

  •  Amino acids produced while making chicken stock reduce inflammation in the respiratory system, improve digestion, and can help heal disorders such as allergies, asthma, and arthritis.
  • Bone broth also contains minerals in forms that your body can easily absorb, including calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, silicon, sulphur and others. It also contains chondroitin sulfate and glucosamine, the compounds sold as pricey supplements to reduce inflammation, arthritis and joint pain.
  • Simmering causes the bones and ligaments to release healing compounds like collagen, proline, glycine, and glutamine.

Bones from conventionally raised animals can add all kinds of things you don’t want to eat to your broth, so stick with pastured meat sources if possible. Where to source? You can often buy soup bones from healthy groceries or directly from farms that raise pastured livestock. You can also order grass fed bone broth online.

BONE BROTH RECIPE:

Put in a crock pot: 

  • Pastured chicken/fish/beef bones
  • A few handfuls of chopped vegetables-carrots, onion and celery are popular
  • A few peppercorns
  • A splash or two of apple cider vinegar
  • Turmeric for the health benefits of the spice (Optional- it will change the flavor) 

Cover everything with pure filtered water and simmer in the crock pot for up to 24 hours (up to 72 hours for beef bones.
For added flavor, you can roast your beef bones in the oven for 30 minutes on 350 before making stock.)
Drink that stuff (or make some great soup with it) and be amazed at what it does for your health. 

4. Apple Cider Vinegar

Unfortunately for those of us who can’t handle the taste, Braggs Organic Apple Cider Vinegar is stay-healthy magic.  I recently created a recipe that worked wonders for a stabbing sore throat or junky cough:

APPLE CIDER VINEGAR TEA

Makes 1 Mug

  • Boil purified water
  • Add the juice of half a lemon
  • 2 TBSP raw organic honey
  • 2 tablespoons Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar (more if you can handle it).

Sip slowly and watch your symptoms disappear. This recipe is also excellent for a junky cough or painful sore throat (increase the Apple Cider Vinegar).
If you’re brave enough, you can also drink 2 TBSP per day of Raw Organic Apple Cider Vinegar OR Gargle Apple Cider Vinegar in hot water. 

5. Lemon & Cayenne

This is a little known stay-well secret. Little known probably because it's reaaaallly rough. But if you do it daily, it'll keep you in top shape, and also you'll get used to the terribleness. 

How-To: 

  1. Juice 1/2 fresh lemon
  2. Add about a half cup of lukewarm or room temperature water (not too hot) 
  3. Add a few shakes of Cayenne Pepper

Mix. Take a few deep breaths, gather your courage, and drink it down. Do this every morning before eating (or whenever you want while fighting off a cold) for optimal health. 

Which ideas are new to you? What are your best stay-healthy tips? 

Tell us in the comments below!