Last winter was my best winter yet, and… I was pregnant!
This healthy dose of Vitamin D at 6 months definitely was beneficial :)
The winter before that I had sinus infection after sinus infection, I got a stomach bug and had strep throat! This year I’ve had a few sinus infections and sore throats! We try to stay healthy by doing a few things throughout the winter to boost immunity. Here’s what I have found to work well for us:
“Probiotics are live bacteria and yeasts that are good for your health, especially your digestive system. We usually think of bacteria as something that causes diseases. But your body is full of bacteria, both good and bad. Probiotics are often called “good” or “helpful” bacteria because they help keep your gut healthy.” – Web MD
Look at the CULTURE COUNT to determine the strength of a probiotic. This refers to the total amount of live, friendly bacterial cultures in one serving. You need at least 15 billion to make an impact on your health, but research is showing the more the better.
I recommend these brands:
Garden of Life Dr Formulated
Vitamin D –
Low levels of Vitamin D have been linked to increased risks of type 1 diabetes and cancers. Vitamin D promotes healthy bones by promoting calcium absorption. (Web MD). It helps to maintain bone and teeth health, supports a healthy immune system and helps regulate insulin (Medical News Today). I take this consistently but not daily in the winter from October – March – 10,000 IU.
I take this to “bridge the gap” and make sure myself and the kids are getting enough fruits and veggies daily. I like the ideas that this company has, and last year I became a representative for Juice Plus – I sell it so I can get it at a discount. We take this daily and amp it up when we feel we’re getting a cold. It worked better for me last year than this year.
Amazing Grass powder is similar to juice plus in that it has lots of fruits and veggies (31) and probiotics. It is vegan, gluten free and raw. We use this in yogurt and smoothies.
This is a vegan protein powder made from real, whole food ingredients, with 50% daily intake of vitamins and minerals, 25% daily fiber, and includes omega 3s and probiotics. I like using this for my smoothies and to mix with nut butter for a snack!
Other things we do at home:
Lots of fruits and veggies – smoothies, juices, fresh fruit and veggies always available!
Lots of hand washing – before eating, after school, etc.
A new product on the market is the Sneeve – for kids to wear on their sleeves to snot and sneeze into. It protects clothing and kills germs on contact. What do you think? My 3-year old thought it was cool but wouldn’t keep it on. And my 6-year old thought he looked like a super hero but no way he was wearing it to school! 5-year old had no interest in putting it on. I love the idea of it if I could make them wear it! What do you think?
What things do you do to boost immunity and protect yourself from getting sick in the winter?