In 2015, I read an article that said the Tri-Cities, our home town, is the “sickest in the nation” this flu season. The flu has been rampant this year in our area and those who get it have been sicker longer. What do you do to stay healthy in the midst of epidemic flu? Here on the farm we do several things:
It’s all about immunity. We all know it’s important to maintain a healthy immune system. Immunity boosters like the Elderberry Syrup Mix (shown above) are a staple on the farm. But did you know that what you eat can directly attack your immune system? Some studies have tested the effect of a high sugar diet (carbohydrates, breads, pasta, candy, etc.) and shown that your immune system can remain compromised for up to 6 hours after eating just one high sugar food item. Foods that help maintain your immunity without causing the 6 hour compromise include: vegetables, grass fed meat, fats, oils, eggs, bone broths, and most cultured foods.
After we’ve taken care support, not kill, our immune systems then comes environmental factors. The CDC says frequent hand washing is a proven method for helping prevent illness. On the farm of course we believe in using good soaps too, like this one. We also use a special blend of essential oils sometimes known as “thieves oil” diluted and applied to key parts of the body like the bottoms of our feet, wrists, and neck. You can buy our specific blend by checking out “London Thief” Essential Oil and the brand new London Thief Lotion Bar.
A few more tips:
- Zicam: a great source of zinc which is a critical link to keeping your immune system at peak performance
- Emergen-C: despite most doctors claiming Vitamin C plays no significant role in your health, we have seen how it help scurvy and is a very necessary Vitamin that God made for our good.
- Airborne: if you check the ingredients, it has a lot of minerals and vitamins that may be deficient during the winter when we focus on comfort food rather than farm fresh vegetables and healthy home cooked meals.
- Hand washing: in the hospital, this is the #1 recommendation for keeping yourself well if you have to visit sick loved ones
- Dirty hands don’t belong on your Face! – this tip is something I have noticed with all of my kids. Snot, sneezing, coughing, scratching all involve their hands, and not 60 seconds after they contaminate their hands, I find their little hands going straight for their face. If it is cold and flu season (or any time really), make it a habit not to touch your face since you can transfer a lot of bacteria that way.
- Coughing & Sneezing: if you have watched Mythbusters, they found that you can actually prevent the spread of a sneeze better (and keep your hands clean) if you will sneeze and cough into your elbow rather than directly into your hand.
While none of these is a sure bet, we feel it helps stack the deck in our favor. So far so good…
Please note that none of these statements have been evaluated by the FDA. This does not constitute medical advice and no product mentioned here is intended to treat, cure or prevent any illness.