I can tell winter is here not because it’s cold outside, remember I’m in Southern California. It’s beautiful out there! I can tell it’s winter by the number of colds my family has suffered from. Since Christmas, my family of five has manage to pass colds on to each other back and forth for probably 4 out of 5 weeks. We got our flu shots, we eat our fruits and vegetables, we wash our hands, I cook nutritious meals, so what’s going on?
Last week my little princess woke up Tuesday morning with that croupy cough. She had a rough week, fever, congestion… you guessed it. By Friday, middle-child was sick. Of course. A quick trip to the doctor reassured me that it was a virus and that the Princess should be getting better by Saturday, which luckily, she did. My husband was battling chills and aches on and off all week. By Saturday afternoon, I got sick. I blame Middle-Child. He knows better about coughing into his arm, but he sprayed me several times. It was only a matter of time for me to lose the battle. The professor got it on Sunday. Like a stack of dominos, we all fell.
The last time my family had a bad winter, we consulted with a holistic practitioner. I was quickly educated on the best way to boost my family’s immune system using the right fruits and vegetables and various other supplements that were easy to find. Although my stomach couldn’t handle to many vitamins and pills she prescribed for me, I found smoothies to work for me and the kids to get that extra boost we needed to have a healthy winter.
The great thing about smoothies is that it isn’t rocket science. You can add the fruits that are in season and you can easily adjust any basic recipe to your family’s taste buds. After reading up on the benefits of flax seed, goji berries, royal jelly, bee pollen and colloidial silver, I came up with this Immune-Boosting Smoothie that my kids love to drink up. And during the warmer months, you can freeze your smoothie for some nutritious popsicles for the kiddos to enjoy.
Thanks to the internet, we can easily research the benefits of various supplements. And also with the popularity of eating healthy and organic, holistic practitioners are a lot easier to find than just a decade ago. My advice to you is to do your own research and experimenting. Visit your local health food store and see what they have in stock. Some of these items can be pricey, so shop around to get the most bang for your buck. You can also take advantage of shopping on the internet if you can’t find these items locally. To learn more about the benefits of supplements, check out my eHow article!
As you can guess, I did not get to write last week about the grocery deals. I missed a lot of those entries since I was either sick myself or taking care of sick kids. Hopefully, all will be healthy for this coming week.
For my recipe for Immune Boosting Smoothie, click here.
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