Think Globally, Act Locally
23 September 2016
Happy first day of fall & Autumnal Equinox! How are you feeling this week? There seems to be the “back-to-school” and “change of seasons” and “end of summer” germs and allergies and colds going around this time of year, including my own 6-year-old! My little man was out 2 days from school this past week with a low grade fever and a cough :(
When there’s a change of temperature, humidity, environment, surroundings, schedule, etc, this is a shock and stress to our immune system. A weakened immune system leaves us more susceptible to getting sick from viruses and bacteria normally found in our work, school, home, store, etc.
So what can we do to take care of our families and ourselves?
- Sleep: Resting helps our body heal, repair, recharge, and strengthen our immune system.
- Drink lots of fluids: Clear liquids (herbal tea, filtered water, etc) are great for keeping us hydrated and help flush out our bodies. Peppermint tea and Ginger tea are both great for settling an upset stomach.
- Eat or drink broth: Making broth is super cheap and very easy. Broth has so many wonderful healing properties, including containing 4 key amino acids (Proline, Glycine, Glutamine, and Alanine). Proline is great for supporting healthy collagen and cartilage. Glycine is wonderful for healthy blood, fat digestion, and detoxification. Glutamine is very important for increasing immunity and improving gut health by healing and growing small intestine cell walls, supporting liver health and detoxification, and calming nerves and promoting sleep. Alanine is helpful for efficient liver function and is known as the “anti-aging” compound.
- Vitamin C: Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that improves immunity and is best taken a a preventative measure, before the onset of a cold. Foods with the most amount of vitamin C include: Papaya, Bell Peppers, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Strawberries, Pineapple, Oranges, Kiwifruit, Cantaloupe, and Cauliflower.
- Reduce or eliminate sugar: Sugar creates a very acidic environment, which is where bacteria, viruses, and even cancer, thrive. Decreasing the amount of sugar in your diet will create a more alkaline environment (as well as eating greens, broccoli, celery, cucumber, apple, banana, almonds, cinnamon, ginger, sea salt) and kill off bacteria and viruses.
Here’s how to make Bone Broth:
- Start by saving bones from chicken, beef, or lamb in a ziplock bag in your freezer. Also, save vegetable scraps and peelings in another freezer bag to use in your broth.
- Once the bags are full, add the bones and vegetable peelings to your crockpot or stockpot and cover with fresh filtered water.
- Add 1-2 TBSP organic apple cider vinegar, 3-4 garlic cloves (peeled and sliced), any herbs (e.g., basil, oregano, thyme, marjoram, rosemary, parsley, sage, etc.) and a little sea salt and pepper.
- Cook on low and simmer for 12-24 hours.
- After cooking, remove the bones, let broth cool, and put in glass jars or containers. Broth freezes well though be careful with glass containers as water expands and containers can crack if filled too full or if too hot when placed in freezer.
Here's a recipe for Lemon Ginger Honey Tea:
- 1/2 to 1 tsp local raw honey
- 1/2 lemon, juiced
- 1/2 to 1" peeled fresh ginger, chopped finely
- Put in a cup of hot water and stir.
- The heat and the ginger will warm you up, the steam and the lemon and the ginger will help clear your sinuses, and the ginger and the honey will sooth your scratchy throat.
My son slept and rested the better part of 2 days, had lots of water and some lemon/ginger/honey tea, and was able to go back to school today :)
How do you stay healthy during the fall? Do you have questions or comments? I’d love to connect with you here for a free health coaching session!