Is this tummy bug going around serious or what? And how about the cold season with the aches and sore throat?
I wish I stood before you with a cape and a spoonful of instant health. I do, though, have some remedies. I have things that are good to know and worth trying.
I also must say, this too shall pass. There is an end, and what we want is to minimize our troubles while we get there.
When you are facing a tummy bug, the hardest yet most important thing to do is to stay hydrated. In tiny sips, even between pukes, try to stay hydrated. Our body composition is more than two-thirds water. If we aren’t hydrated enough while battling the flu, our bodies cannot properly cool themselves, muscle cramps occur and our organs begin to perform poorly.
As a mom of four, this goes against what I want to do after cleaning up vomit for the 12th time. I want to see them slow down in the vomiting before I introduce more fluids. However, the body does get some fluids even while throwing up is still in its prime. Hang in there.
Drinks for hydration include lemon water and Gatorade; coconut water can help but maybe alternate with other fluids.
A few things to guard your stomach are these:
1. Raw unpasteurized apple cider vinegar. 1-2 tablespoons in 6 ounces of water. This seems pretty harsh, but it has proven to work for many folks. Add a spoonful of raw honey (this helps the taste and provides nutrients that your body is probably lacking).
2. Activated charcoal capsules. This lovely element has the ability to attract poisons, bacteria and free metals in your system that can cause stomach problems. I am currently taking two to four every day. For kids, I would cut open a capsule if they can’t swallow one. Mix it in some almond butter or apple sauce and have them eat it. Yes, it’s black and can cause staining, but it’s awesome.
3. Cinnamon. Make a tea with some honey if you’d like. Cinnamon has been known to kill bacteria. Used as far back as medieval times, it was even used as a cleaning agent. It is good for the stomach. Put some ginger in that tea and you have a great combatant. For kids, you could mix it the same way as the charcoal.
These things can help keep a tummy healthy and strong during seasons like these. Peppermint is always good to have in the house. It soothes painful cramps.
Elderberry, Echinacea, colloidal silver, apple cider vinegar, high amounts of vitamin C, magnesium — all these help support the immune system as well. And eat less sugar. These options may not keep you from every illness, but they could lessen the severity and shorten the length of time.
Hang in there, Douglas County. Make more soups (this offers optimal nutrients), clean your door handles and switches, check on those neighbors who get sick a lot, and drink lots of water. At this time of year, hot water with a splash of lemon and honey is my favorite.
I am not a doctor. I am a mom and wife who has over time chosen natural paths for health and many times had to get creative with battling sicknesses. God bless.