How to prevent you and your kids from getting a cold!
Prevent and minimise colds!
I think I’m on to something! Last year the girls and I were coming down with colds all the time. I felt like every couple of months we had a cold. There is nothing worse than sick kids…(well, maybe a sick husband…amiright???).
I hate being sick. I hate having no energy, I hate not being able to work out and I hate not being able to get anything done around the house or my work done.
So this year, I wanted to change that. I decided to put as many preventative measures in place to help my family stay well. Of course we all know eating well, getting enough sleep, drinking enough water and being active is key, but sometimes we need a little extra support, especially with kids going back to school and into the germ pits. I now incorporate two supplements into our daily routines.
1. Elderberry Syrup!
In January I met a lovely consultant (Stacey) at my Beautycounter incentive trip. We met pool side and started chatting. Turns out she and her husband live on a farm and make their own elderberry syrup. I had never heard of it before so she explained all its benefits.
“Elderberry contains antioxidants, and many believe it can relieve colds, fight the flu, and boost the immune system. Although there is little scientific research into the effects of elderberries on people’s health, Native Americans and European herbalists have long used elderberries for their supposed range of health benefits. These include boosting the immune system to help the body fight off colds, flu and other respiratory infections.” Source
The key to choosing the right elderberry syrup is finding one without too many additives such as colours, flavours and preservatives. I’ve been using the one from Stacey’s farm (Green Growers) and it has very clean ingredients. It ships quickly and my whole family have it every day. The girls love their morning ‘medicine’ (as they like to call it)!. Of course, you can also make it yourself if you want to make the effort! Here is a link to a recipe that’s been recommended to me (maybe I’ll try it out one day but for now I’m all about outsourcing to make my life simpler).
I asked my friend Stacey if she’d be willing to give me a code so you could get it at a discount and she very kindly said yes! So use SAVE20 at checkout to get 20% off! Head to Green Growers Farm now and take advantage!
Next up I’ve been very diligent about taking a regular probiotic. There are so many brands out there and it’s very confusing about what you should be taking! I’ve tried a few and I have settled on a company that I LOVE. They are called Love Bug Probiotics. I love them because they have provided me with so much education around why I should be taking a probiotic and their website is super fun and engaging. It was also created by a mum for mums.
If you’re a mum, you know you don’t have time to be sick so adding in a probiotic to your morning routine is essential. Love Bug’s line of award-winning probiotics ensure that 60% or more of the healthy bacteria make it past the stomach acid barrier to reach your lower GI tract (which is where probiotics do their good work!), so you can feel good from the inside out! They even have probiotics for babies from birth to 4+.
Piper (nearly 3) takes the powdered form in her smoothies (Tiny Tummies: Staged line of probiotics for babies from birth – age 4) and the twins (nearly 5) now take their own little pill they can swallow (Little Ones: Kids 4 + Probiotic). They feel very grown up to be like mummy and daddy taking their supplements! You can also squash the pill into crumbs and throw it into a smoothie or breakfast bowl if you’d prefer.
Of course, a healthy diet and an active lifestyle are important for even small children, but the truth is that much of your child’s whole body well-being—from childhood into adulthood—rests on one key thing: the health and balance of their gut microbiome.
While your child’s health can be bolstered in many ways, adding a daily probiotic supplement for kids to your little one’s routine can unlock a whole host of health benefits, from a better-functioning digestive system to a stronger immune system (meaning fewer illnesses and quicker recovery). Read this full article from Love Bug for more in depth info!
When Andrew saw me being so diligent with my supplement taking and that I had avoided a cold all year, he decided he wanted to start too and because all of Love Bugs premium probiotics are multi-strain with added prebiotics or vitamins and tailored to specific ages and health goals, there really is something for everyone!!!
The two that Andrew and I take are ‘Here’s the Skinny’ and ‘Cold’s Suck’. We take one of each every morning before food. If I feel like a cold is coming on, I have doubled the dosage of the Cold’s Suck probiotic and then by the end of the day, I’m back to normal (I also increase the elderberry syrup dosage for myself and the girls).
Certainly, get the flu shot if you can, and keep up your existing healthy habits such as eating well, getting enough sleep and drinking enough water. But you can increase your chances of staying healthy by adding immune boosters such as zinc, echinacea and vitamin C to your daily routine (all found in Love Bug’s Cold Suck Probiotic)!
So which ones should you take? Can you take more than one?
We take ‘Here’s the Skinny’ along side the ‘Cold’s Suck’ so we have a strain for immune health and digestive health! They also have one for pre and post pregnancy (Labor of Love) and one to promote urinary tract and vaginal health (Yeast is a Beast). (Side note…Don’t you love all their names???)
I’m telling you, between these and the elderberry syrup, something’s working!!!
I also have a special discount code for you if you shop on LoveBug’s website! Simply use LOVEBUGMEG at checkout for 15% off!!! (Just an FYI I will earn a small commission from LoveBug if you use my code. You won’t be paying any extra, but the money I earn goes towards childcare so I can continue to share free content with you!)
I’m curious, is there a supplement that you swear by? I’d love to know what it is!