April 7, 2023
Healthy and Happy Immunity Tips for the Whole Family
April 7, 2023
Healthy and Happy Immunity Tips for the Whole Family
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It’s that time of year! It’s getting colder & everyone’s getting cozier.

It’s time to pull out the tricks for keeping our immune systems healthy & strong.

 

We thought we’d share our favorite ways to support the whole family through cold & flu season (even more so this year, of course).

And just remember that prevention is key! Start these remedies now and enjoy shorter bouts of sickness, if any:

 

  • Elderberry Syrup

    Just when we think everyone’s heard about the amazing health benefits of elderberry syrup, we’re surprised. So if you don’t know, now you do. Having elderberry syrup on hand, & taking it regularly can drastically reduce frequency & duration of colds.  It’s safe for pregnancy, postpartum & kids. It’s usually made with honey, but can be made with agave for kids under 1 or vegans. We suggest making it yourself! It’s easy and tastes way better, plus it’s more affordable. You can get dried berries locally (Coop or Rosauers) or buy them online (Mountain Rose Herbs). Bonus: turn the into gummies!

 

  • A Quality Probiotic

    A couple years ago I was tired of my daughter consistently getting fevers.  So I took her to a naturopath knowing we needed to dig into why it was happening, instead of quick fixes every time. The #1 takeaway from our naturopath: that she needs to be taking a regular probiotic (and limiting dairy if a cold might be coming on). It seemed so simple. And yet actually made a world of difference. Before that I had presumed children don’t need extra supplements as they’re born with what they need. But adding one in has helped sooo much (she also takes omegas & vitamin D). We don’t stress if she misses a day, but she loves the ritual and asks to take them herself most days. Our favorite brand is Mary Ruth’s Organics!

 

  • Chiropractic Care

    Chiopractic care has been essential to our family. Not only is it a major help for pregnancy & postpartum (for mom & baby!), but it can help support a healthy immune system. I don’t know exactly why, but in my eyes an aligned spine is a healthier nervous system, making more room for your body to handle outside invaders, instead of constantly dealing with our own stress. We used to just go to chirporactic care as needed (big fall, tweaked back). But last year we made a commitment of scheduling every 3-4 weeks & seeing a chiro preventatively really kept us healthy! I felt better in my body & my daughter had help with growing aches & pains.There are lots of great family freindly chiropractors! If you’re looking for a rec, we go here.

 

  • Find Ways to Move & Reduce Stress Daily

    There is plenty to be stressed about. But there’s also a lot of good fun to be had. We have to make a daily comitment to feel calm & peaceful in our bodies. If we’re constantly going around in stress, fight or flight mode, our bodies are always going to be drained & fatigued. To move into true rest & digest, we need restoration (relaxation isn’t necessarily the key because often our minds are still super anxious even when we lay on a beach). This could be a dance party before dinner every night. A solo, phone free walk or run. A 5 minute guided meditation before bed. A yoga class with or without the kids. Playing with crystals. Nature time. Something that gets you into your body & feels like a deep exhale. It’ll also quiet your mind for a moment. Regardless of how you find actual calm, be sure to make a habit of it.

 

  • Essential Oils

    Essential oils don’t solve everything. But they certainly help! And smell divine. Some sort of immunity boosting blend is good to have on hand. Think DoTerra’s OnGuard or Young Living’s Thieves (you can also find a recipe to make your own!). We like to diffuse these in our home & studio, and rub onto bare feet before bed if you feel any sort of a tickle or something coming on (for you or kiddo)!

 

We hope this helps! There are so many fun ways to stay healthy. These have worked for me & my family. In fact last year, my husband got sick and was out for several days. But my daughter & I (who I make sure follow these protocols) only got sick for about 12 hours with the same illness, and way more mildly.

 

If you do get sick, don’t be hard on yourself! It’s a wonderful sign from our bodies to slow down.

 

And if you’re tired of being sick, I hope you’ll give these a try!

 

What questions do you have? What’s your favorite way to stay healthy? Comment below so we can all share…

 

Here’s to staying extra healthy this winter. Namaste –  Jess 

The other night, just before bed, right when I was hoping to have a little bit of space and time for myself, my daughter came out of her room and was pretty upset, and offloaded all the things that were majorly stressing her out. From overhearing about a pilot dying from a local wildfire, to friendship and social dynamics, and a petty crime that happened to our friends.

She needed to offload majorly. And as much as my own nervous system was needing some time for myself, my heart cracked a bit wide-open for her. I could tell it was an important parenting moment to show up for her, to remind her what’s hers to carry, and know how to not hold it all in our bodies and systems.

I’ve been there before. I know how we can put all of our anxieties and worries at bay until just before bed, or while we’re sleeping, and they want to creep in and finally have a space to process when we’re in a safe space.

That processing space is so fundamental to our health and if we push it aside, it will only grow into a mighty roar. And can eventually grow so much and a part of us that we don’t even know what it is to feel safe and calm in our bodies.

The very first thing I made sure to emphasize to her is that right here right now, we are safe.

We are safe.

In this house, in this moment, all our needs are provided for, and we are safe. We talked through the other anxieties and I let her know that our friends are safe and that they are OK too. I saw her nod and instantly start to feel better.

I also shared how we are exposed nowadays to more in one year than our great grandmothers were in their entire lifetimes.

That’s it’s easy to feel overly responsible for a lot of it (and it’s good to care), but that it’s important we don’t carry it all, all the time and we have to find ways to release the heaviness and the worry.

I could feel her whole system take that in and begin to release.

A couple of days later, I was sharing this with a girlfriend, wondering if I shared too much with my daughter. I try to be pretty honest and not hide life and death and all in between, when it arises, and without going overboard (we don’t watch the news in my household but she still gets exposed to life). And my friend said, honestly, I wish someone had had that conversation with me when I was younger. I still need to have that conversation with myself.

What my work in this world really comes down to is helping us to feel safe & held within ourselves.

Once we have the inner resources to access a place of safety and calm within, we know it’s possible, we cannot only have deeply meaningful spiritual experiences,  but we can feel more joy, ease and contentment in our day-to-day. We can be better resourced to get through the shaky, the lows, the tense, the scary, the overwhelming.

And as we head into a year, that will be fraught with plenty of worry or anxiety over the state of the world & our country, it almost feels like a radical act to tend to ourselves deeply. But it is called upon as much as ever.

In the end, I’m so thankful that my daughter can come to me to share her grievances before she goes to bed. And I can help her learn how to regulate her nervous system, offload stress, and have tools for when the heaviness of the world feels so much.

And even though she doesn’t always want to listen to what I have to say, or use the tools I offer her, I know she’s learning and at least she has access to them. And hey, the next night she actually did a whole somatic nervous system offload practice with me and deeply enjoyed it! We just have to keep showing up for ourselves and know it’s benefitting all those in our world.

And let me end by sharing the words I shared with her – “Right here, right now – you are safe. Take in your home, know that your family is safe. Know that your home is safe and protected, you are cared for and in this moment: It’s OK to relax & let the rest go.

Sidenote: I know not everyone is safe and my heart breaks for them. But focusing on what’s out of our control, robbing our systems of nourishment, means we have less energy to show up and support those who need it the most. It’s not selfish to care for yourself knowing others suffer, it’s self – ish. It just means we’ll have more clarity, insight, and lasting energy to tend to those who can’t tend to themselves, and we’ll be pouring from a more overflowing cup instead of a drained and empty one.

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