Hi friends! Jen here, and Corinne is close by. Thanksgiving and sneezing season is upon us, so check out podcast episode #21 where we talk about ways adults can boost their immune systems and ward off the sickies while everyone else is sneezing and hacking their celebrations away. This tags onto episode #20 where we talked about immune boosting tips for kids.
In addition to the tips for kids like getting plenty of rest, staying hydrated, getting outdoors (away from germs!), including vitamins, washing hands, getting flu shots, and loading up on veggies and fruits while skipping fatty and sugary garbage, adults also need to:
- Pull back on the alcohol. Alcohol not only messes with your restorative sleep, but it makes you cranky and zaps your immune system. If you find yourself partaking in too much fun at the nightly happy hours and holiday parties, scale back to help your body’s defense systems stay in tip top shape.
- Exercise 30 minutes a day and preferably outside. You can do it! Believe me, it takes you less time for that 2-mile walk when it’s freezing and icky outside. Bundle up, grab a to-go mug of herbal tea and hit the road. This will help your anti-sneeze powers AND your tush.
- Check out supplemental remedies including herbals like echinacea, oregano and medicinal mushrooms, and pump the vitamin C and zinc when everyone else around you is sick.
And, at long last, our 5-Day Delish Detox that we’ve been talking about on the podcast is finally ready for you! It’s 5 days of meals and a corresponding grocery list, and definitely a spiffed up, simplified and more doable version of our 7-Day Detox. It’s 100% plant-based and gluten-free and there isn’t a better way you could take care of your body during the holiday season. Take 5 days and go for it!
We’ve designed the detox to serve one person with some soup and chili leftovers you can freeze for another day. So, adjust serving amounts in each recipe based on how many housemates are going to partake in the fun. And lucky for you, we’re going to open a special facebook group for people doing the detox from 11/23-11/30.
But wait, that’s not it! If you buy the detox by Black Friday (11/23), it’ll only cost you $12! A $5 savings! Who doesn’t need an extra $5 during the holidays?
Post your questions below and we can’t WAIT to detox with you!
Jen & Corinne
Hi friends! Corinne and I are fighting cold and flu season, so what a great time to chat about how to boost kids’ immune systems!? Yep, your kids are going to get sick this season, it’s gonna happen. But what are the ways you can keep germs at bay and their bodies fighting things off quickly and quietly? Take a listen to Episode 20 or check out our tips below!
7 Ways to Boost Your Kids’ Immune Systems:
- Help them get lots of healthy sleep. Get those kids to bed. Sleep is an immune-booster… let them get the rest they need to fight off the icks.
- Keep them hydrated. When it’s chilly out and they’re not sweating all the time and feeling thirsty, it’s easy to get dehydrated. Push water just like you do on the summertime soccer field.
- Get them their flu shots. It can’t hurt, and may keep your child from getting super major sick this season. And if you have kids with autoimmune diseases like I do, flu shots are a must.
- Pull back on sugar and fatty garbage. Oh the Halloween candy and the holiday parties! Ration, trash, and skip altogether if you can. Foods that aren’t good for your heart are also great at weakening your immune system.
- Push the multivitamins. A few extra milligrams of vitamin C and zinc can’t hurt. Get your kids on a Monday-Wednesday-Friday schedule can keep the vitamins on a realistic schedule.
- Feed them more veggies. Now’s the time of year when veggies like canned pumpkin can go in every baked item, sauce and pancake. Even if it’s too chilly to chomp on raw veggies, sneak them into every warm dish possible. The fiber and antioxidants are just what little bodies need to stay healthy.
- Get them outside more. There are very few conditions where you can’t bundle up and head out into the backyard or to a playground for an hour or two. Bring a thermos of hot chocolate and get them some fresh air. The germs are actually INside, not OUTside, and it’s all the time inside that gives the colder months a bad rap for sickness.
Stay tuned for next week’s episode with immune boosting tips for adults. Until then, happy veggie eating!
xo, Jen & Corinne