‘Tis the season! Cold and flu season that is…it seems like everyone around us is sick and we’ve even battled the sniffles a few times this year. Over the past few years, I’ve built up an arsenal of tips to help keep our family healthy during cold and flu season. Today, I’m sharing some of my favorite tips with you!
Who else loathes going out this time of year because it seems like everyone around you is sick? I was in a store the other day and it seemed like everyone around me was coughing or sneezing. Although we can’t just lock ourselves in the house to avoid getting sick this time of year, there are some steps that our family takes to avoid getting sick as much as we can this time of year.
3 Ways to Keep Your Family Healthy This Cold and Flu Season
Please note: I’m not a physician and this advice is just from our experience. Consult your physician before starting any new routines or supplements.
Stay home when you can. I know that staying home all the time is not an option for any of us…but, we stay home when we can this time of year. We avoid eating out at restaurants often or taking the entire family into the grocery store (Wal-Mart pick up for the win!). I know this may seem extreme, but it honestly does help to avoid exposing ourselves to germs unnecessarily. Of course, many kids are in school and many of you work outside of the home – which of course exposes you to things, but if you avoid going out to eat when possible or taking your kids into the grocery store, it really can limit the chances of getting sick.
Elderberry! We LOVE our elderberry syrup! For years, we used the generic brand of elderberry gummies but last year – I found The Elderberry Co. and we only use their syrup now! Their syrup not only includes elderberries, but also aronia berries which have the highest concentration of antioxidants in any fruit! They also include other delicious AND healthy ingredients in their syrup AND I can give it to the kids which is a huge win for us!
Wash Your Hands…and everything else. This one may sound really simple to you, but as we all know…common sense isn’t always so common. I carry hand sanitizer with me everywhere and make sure that we all clean our hands when we get back in the car from anywhere. Also- wash your hands after you touch things such as your credit card/money. I also use Lysol Laundry Sanitizer when washing our clothes, especially if we’ve visited the doctor’s office or another public place that is ‘germy’.