My Top 5 Tips – Must Read!
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I know you want to prevent colds. Nothing ruins a holiday faster than someone getting sick – and if that someone is one of your children, well, that just makes it worse. I know you love your kids, but the Christmas season is so busy that it’s hard working everything else in around cuddling a sick child and catering to their sometimes whiney, but justifiable, demands.
Here are my top 5 tips for keeping your kids (and yourself) well.
- Ensure they get enough sleep. Holiday parties, visitors, and changes to the daily routine all add up to sleep getting shorted. If you must be up late, encourage the kids to sleep in a little the next day, or enforce a ‘quiet time’ during the day after (read that as potential for a nap), wherein youngsters (and maybe even yourself) simply rest while reading or doing something restful.
- Severely limit sugar intake. Sugar does a really bad number on the immune system. If you want to make sure the kids get sick, let them junk out on everything that’s sugary. If you want them to stay well, allow small treats while focusing on good, healthy food.
- Encourage water intake. The holidays often invite sugary and low-nutrient beverages like eggnog and soda (and alcohol for adults), all of which compromise the immune system. Allow tiny servings and encourage water, even sparkling water or ‘spa water’, instead. Depending on where you live (where I live it’s very cold and dry in the winter), water intake can be most important for helping to keep mucous membranes moist and healthy.
- Stay active. Weather permitting, send the kids out into the yard, or better yet, take them to the park and play with them, grab the ice skates and head to the rink, or dust off the cross-country skis and go for a quick ski around the school yard. If you live somewhere warm, go for a walk or a hike. The activity will help to flush toxins. Sunshine and fresh air may be ‘old-fashioned’, but that only means they are ‘tried and true’ ways of helping to keep a body healthy.
- Reduce stress. Yes, I know there are a lot of demands on adults at this time of year, and I also know that kids often feel the stress of it too. Simplify activities. Reduce expectations. Schedule breaks in the craziness and bring the kids along. Plug in a ‘golden-oldie’ Christmas movie, light a fire in the firepit or fireplace, and sip on hot apple cider while you sing Christmas carols. If you live somewhere warm, sit on the deck (I’m very jealous!) and watch whatever or whomever there is to watch.
If your child (or you) does get sick, the old adage of ‘drink lots of clear fluids’ still holds true. Herbal teas are great for this.
My favorite herbal remedy is CC-A with Yerba Santa. It’s a liquid so it’s pretty easy to give to kids. I often recommend giving a dose every 2 hours if you feel like your child is succumbing to whichever infection is ‘going around’.
The holidays can be happy and healthy! Here’s wishing you the merriest of Christmases filled with love and all that is good.
If you have concerns about your health or that of your child, or just don’t know where to begin making improvements, please contact me, Judith Cobb, to book an appointment. Skype, phone, webinar, and face-to-face appointments are available.
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CC-A with Yerba Santa
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