Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Easy Steps to Stay Healthy

I know we are coming up to the cold and flue season, in some regards we are already in the season with the virus that has been hitting children in the last several weeks. How do we take care of ourselves? Is there anything we can do or just subcome to getting sick? Of course, I say no. We can do small things that will add up to help our immune system ward off illness.

  • Avoiding sugar. I am not talking about in season fruit and raw local honey, which can actually help keep you healthy. Sugary drinks, baked goods, added sugar to processed foods, avoid these.
  • Add in bone broth
  • Keep your stomach acidic. Our stomach's should be between 1-3 on the acidity scale, very acidic, but most are around 6 or 7, which is about neutral. An acidic environment will kill bacteria and viruses, they cannot live there, which means they cannot make you sick. Adding in things like raw apple cider vinegar, fresh lemon and lime juice, komubcha, oranges, these will all help to make your stomach more acidic, keeping you healthy.
  • Washing your hands with warm soapy water. Skip the anti-bacterial stuff, the warm water and rubbing your hands together vigorously for at least 30 seconds will actually get them off you. Be sure to wash your hands before you eat, touch your mouth, eyes and nose.
  • Making sure you are in-taking enough fat soluble vitamins, A and D especially, pastured butter.
  • Air out your house. I know this is hard when it is cold, but it will help rid your house of bad bugs. You can also use diffusers with essential oils or make your own air cleansing concautions, add water, lemon, oranges, cinnamon sticks, cloves, bay leaves to a pot, bring to a boil and allow to simmer. This makes your house smell amazing and cleanses the air at the same time. 
  • Take hot and cold showers. My Mom always told us growing up to not jump into the hot tub and then the pool, it will make you sick. Actually, the opposite it true, this will increase your immune system and your metabolism. 
  • Eating a traditionally based diet.
  • Exercise, but not too much. 
In the end, it is about prevention, not treating you once you are sick.
Saving the world one stick of butter at a time.
God bless,