The season is upon us. Before you think I am talking about the holidays, think again. I am talking about cold and flu season. I am talking about the various “’plagues,” that are commonplace in many schools. There are times when you wish for a bubble for you and your family. There are times when you can’t get past it.
Fortunately, there are things we can do to shore ourselves up for the cold, flu, and “plague season.” There are the tried and true tips: frequent hand washing, covering your face and mouth when you sneeze and cough, avoiding direct contact with someone who is sick, avoiding touching your face or eyes -as to avoid transmitting germs and sickness, eating for health-whole foods -as opposed to processed food and junk food, which decrease our bodies’ immune system, lots of rest, exercise, stress management, etc. The medical community advocates for flu shots being the number one preventative measure a person can take. Others like Dr Mark Hyman would disagree. Vitamin C, big kettles of chicken soup, garlic, and a whole host of other more natural remedies are lauded by more holistic folk. Every family is different in their approach. Our favorites are airing out the house, frequent hand washing, whole foods, and pre and probiotics. What are yours?