My superhuman immune system has been compromised.
Several years ago, I got through a winter living with 4 other people who all got some form of narly flu or cold not once, but TWICE, yet, I stayed healthy the entire winter.
I’m not really sure why I didn’t get sick back then. I wasn’t pro-actively trying to prevent sickness. I’ve never been one to take echinacea or even get a flu shot. So, when I realized I made it through the winter unscathed, I actually, believed that I was kind of, sort, awesomely, invincible -- and that maybe my immune system had superpowers or something. Since then, my mentality has simply been: I don’t get sick.
Literally, I wrote this post last week at 1 am with these words:
I am declaring a goal, a decree - to NOT GET SICK this winter. In fact, I refuse…
and then woke up at 4 am vomiting my guts out. Obviously, my superhuman immune system has its kryptonite.
So, here’s my new goal: to get healthy again and remain healthy all winter long. And here is my plan to do so:
1. Take On-Guard.
Like I said, I’ve never been a big echinacea girl, or Air-Borne taker, but my hubby and I felt a little tickle in our throats a couple times last year and knocked it out with On-Guard. I’ve been a believer ever since. I've been taking it since my little episode this past week and believe the symptoms have been shortened significantly.
2.Take a healthy dose of probes.
(Haha, “probiotics” that’s an inside joke to myself.) I take capsules, usually Garden of Life brand, as well as rotate my fermented veggies like sauerkraut and kimchee. And of course, my obsession with kombucha is still alive and well.
3. Take Shark Oil.
Ok. I haven’t tried this one yet. I’m fairly loyal to fermented cod liver oil, but one of my good friends swears she didn’t get sick last year due to Shark Oil. Definitely worth a try.
4. Get enough sleep.
This one is tough for me, I’m naturally a night owl and insomnia creeps into my brain now and again. But, I know that when I don’t get enough sleep, life just sucks.
5. Drink bone broth.
I know, this sounds like a weird one, but there’s a reason why Chicken Noodle Soup is not just for the soul. The age-old remedy of boiling the Sunday roast’s bones and making a soup out of happens to be incredibly healing and full of trace minerals, calcium, phosphorus, silicon and sulphur. Also, an incredible source of collagen for those of us who care about hair, skin and nails. This remedy is making it's comeback. I've heard about it all over the blog-o-sphere (and podcast-o-sphere). There is even a new book out called The Bone Broth Miracle by Chef Ariane that is one of the next books to read on my list.
So there it is, my decree. Despite my kryptonite, I invite you to join me.
*I would LOVE to hear your strategies or what you swear by to remain healthy, all winter long.