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Tips For Treating and Preventing The Cold and Flu

By February 20, 2017 General

Well, unfortunately we are right in the middle of cold, flu, stomach bug, and sinus season. It doesn’t help that the weather is a bit crazy this year.

It was 70 and 80 over the weekend and then freezing during the week. Like really weather?!?!

Sometimes, it seems unlikely  to dodge winter-time illness between you and your kids, right?

Well there are ways we can try our best to avoid getting sick at all costs.

After working in the medical field for years and years and having 5 children I have had my share of treating colds, flu, stomach bugs, and sinus issues.  I have had to learn how to TRY to avoid getting these wonderful little sicknesses and I have also gained the knowledge with what worked to treat them and what didn’t work as well.

My tips to preventing and treating the cold and flu.

Handwashing

Yep, you got it!  This simple thing is the number one way to prevent getting sick. Take a minute and think about everything you touch throughout your day and how many other people touch those things as well.  Just washing your hands and using sanitizer can greatly reduce your chances of getting sick.

Use a good hand wash that preferably is low in chemicals and a hand sanitizer that is as well. You can always make your own with Essential Oils. Thieves essential oil is awesome for making hand soap and hand sanitizer. It smells great and kills germs while not having all the chemicals and toxins others do.

Clean and Sanatize your home and things.

If we could physically see germs in our homes it would probably be pretty scary. Germs are everywhere and they live on everything! It is very important to clean and sanitize your home and things often. Don’t forget to wash sheets and blankets. Wipe down counters, doorknobs, tables, chairs, and light switches. Your personal things can also harbor tons of germs. Cell phones are really disgusting when examined under microscopes.

I recommend to use the Thieves concentrate cleaner to clean all surfaces of your home. It is safe and very economically friendly as well, which is an added bonus in my opinion.

Use a humidifier.

Controlling the humidity levels inside your home can help control the survival of flu viruses on surfaces and in the air. The lower humidity levels help the influenza virus to survive longer. 😬 We have gas heat which is very dry so a humidifier is very important for us. Get a good humidifier or two and get it running.

Narrow down what sickness you have.

This can  definitely be a hard one to do for some people, and for others it is very obvious. So first thing you should do is check your symptoms. The biggest difference between the cold and the flu is that, with the flu, you will have chills, high fevers, and body aches. The symptoms come on rather all of a sudden rather than progressing later on.

I have had great success helping with many of the symptoms by using essential oils. If you would like more information on what oils help with specific symptoms then email me at frugalfitmom@gmail.com

What to do when you are sick. 

Get rest! Your body needs rest to help fight off the infection. Trust me I know how hard this is as a mom. Take a nice warm bath or relax in bed watching your favorite show or nothing at all lol 😂.

Stay hydrated. This is super important. Try for at least half of your body weight in ounces daily to feel your very best.

Try to avoid areas that many people are in and out of this season to avoid the germs. I know easier said than done. If you can treat the symptoms at home then do. I don’t recommend going to the germ filled doctors office or hospital unless absolutely necessary. Most of these illnesses can be treated without doctors care and you will be left with a better immune system for later on.

I would recommend trying to boost your immune system as well. We like to diffuse essential oils to help boost our immune system so we don’t get sick or at least as often. It is also very beneficial to take a good probiotic to help your gut health and boost your immune system. Not getting sick is best of course, but no matter what we all get sick sometime.

If you would like information on what probiotic I recommend and what essential oils I use then message me.

If you have any comments (nice ones only please ) then leave them below or email me at frugalfitmom@gmail.com.

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Gut Health and Sleep / How Are They Related

By May 20, 2016 Fit Living
Gut Health and Sleep / How Are They Related

Are you a healthy person?

You may be very healthy looking. You might workout like a rock star, eat healthy all the time, never drink soft drinks or consume sugar, and watch the amount of toxins you have in your house. But, if you are not getting enough restful sleep at night then you are truly not healthy. A few hours a night is not helping you be healthy. You may think you are getting by just fine but you really are barely getting by.

Some of us can fall asleep just fine but then wake numerous times per night. Some of us lay awake for hours wondering when we will ever fall asleep. Did you know that 50-70 million American adults have a sleep wakefulness disorder according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

There is a major connection between gut health and sleep.

In Shawn Stevenson’s book Sleep Smarter, he says that improving your gut health is the key. He is not only a writer but also a nutritionist and has “Model Health Show” podcast.

Your brain produces melatonin which is a regulator for your sleep wake cycle. Did you know that it is also in your digestive tract?

Microbiome the bacteria in your gut is responsible for your sleep related hormones.

It can take time to better your gut health and for it to positively affect your sleep.

Things To Do

Magnesium is one of the top things to help regulate the 300 biochemical processes in the human body. Studies have shown that getting enough Magnesium can improve sleep.

Dark leafy greens, seeds, and nuts are great sources for magnesium. There are also topical applications as well.

If you are looking for a supplement to increase your magnesium then I highly suggest Plexus Slim products.   http://www.stacycurtis.myplexusproducts.com

Things To Avoid

There are many things that can damage your microbiome. The use of antibiotics to often can be damaging.  You should avoid processed foods, additives to food, and agricultural chemicals.

Probiotics for Sleep

We have all heard of probiotics. Most doctors suggest that everyone is on a probiotic. They help to regulate good and bad bacteria in your gut.

There are foods that are rich in live bacteria as well. Kimchi, yogurt,and miso are just a few.

There are also prebiotic rich foods that help nourish the healthy bacteria that live in your gut.

Plexus Slim has a great probiotic called probio5.  You can purchase probio5 here.

Helpful Tips

Drink plenty of water.

Take your probiotic daily.

Turn off all devices 1 hour before bedtime and read, talk, or enjoy time with your spouse. ;).

Have it dark in your room.

So try these things and see if you start getting more restful sleep.

Health starts on the inside. 🙂

 

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