Are you packing your bags and heading to the airport to visit family this holiday season? Or is family coming into town from another part of the country or world? This is the time of year we are exposed to a lot of extra germs, and germs that have delivered some nasty gifts to a lot of people this year.
Lets plan on spreading holiday cheer, and not the flu this year! Rachel Feldman, Health Coach and Detox Specialist is here to tell us some preventive measures we can take to stay healthy through the winter, especially during the big holiday travel time, and year round.
Rachel from RachelsWellness.com:
It is that time of year. Yep, the time of year when everyone gets sick. But, I cannot afford to get sick and neither can you. I own a business, have two kids and getting sick does not fit into my life plus getting sick stinks.
With Holiday travel and relatives coming into town we are exposed to a lot of germs.
To boost my immune system, I eat the following foods as much as possible:
1.Superfoods: chlorella, camu camu, raw cacao, bee pollen
2.Green Foods – any food that is rich in clorophyll
3.Foods rich in Vitamin D or sunlight: cod liver oil, eggs, sardines, yogurt, kefir
4.Foods rich in Zinc : oysters, turkey, kefir, yogurt
5.Medicinal Foods such as Miso, Kefir, Yogurt, Sprouts
6.Coconut and Coconut Oil
7.Berries of any kind
8.Raw Apple Cider Vinegar
9.Herbs & Spices : ginger, garlic, oregano, turmeric, black pepper
For my little ones:
I make sure they are taking probiotics, eating foods that are loaded with good bacteria such as yogurt or kefir (which you can find at your local health food store or whole foods).
I also cook with coconut oil because coconut oil is anti-viral, anti-bacterial and supports a good immune system.
Did you know?
Coconut anti-fungal properties have been shown to help the body combat infections and this is why we use it daily? It can help to fight infection and flu due to its antibacterial, antiviral, and antimicrobial properties.
When I see my kids looking like they are getting sick, I give them one teaspoon of coconut oil mixed with honey and cinnamon and shove it right into their mouth.
Do not let the sickness get you down this season, try my ginger drink that will stop a cold in its track.
Here’s how to make it:
- Juice 1 lemon (awesome for flushing the liver and lymphatic system)
- Juice 1-inch piece of ginger or use 1/8 teaspoon ground ginger powder (reduces mucous in the lungs and digestive tract)
- Add a dash of cayenne pepper (anti-viral properties)
If you feel a cold coming on, than drink this shot three times. If you are looking for preventing sickness then you can drink this once a day. The lemon gives you tons of vitamin C, the ginger stimulates digestion because it is yang energy. It will warm the lungs, digestion and decrease mucous in the body. Then the dash of cayenne is great for its antiviral properties.
I love sickness prevention and I love feeling healthy. I know feeling sick stinks and lately it seems everyone I know is dealing with some sickness, plus my little one is in Kindergarten bringing home the little bugs – so my whole family is in sickness prevention mode.
*You can find any of Rachel’s suggested foods at your local Health Foods Store.
Rachel Feldman, CHHC, AADP is a Health Coach and Detox Specialist living in Boca Raton, Fl. She empowers people to take control of their own health and diet through natural foods that work for their own body type. You can learn more about Rachel’s programs and services at www.RachelsWellness.com. Follow Rachel on Facebook for daily tips and recipes for improving your health and wellness.
We Wish You A Happy and Healthy Holiday & New Year!
Casey and Rachel
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