Natural Ways to Keep Your Family Well this Winter
The following is a post from Contributing Writer, Dr. Kristin Marchman. Dr. Marchman is a Licensed Chiropractor at Vickery Chiropractic in Cumming, GA and the Chiropractor I trust with my own children. We are thankful to have Vickery Chiropractic as a current website sponsor for Cumming Local.
1. Whole food supplements. If you have a perfect diet you can disregard this one, but realistically this doesn’t apply to any of us. I recommend a base multivitamin as a start, and one that is catered to your gender and age group is best. For example, I currently take a prenatal supplement, my husband takes a men’s supplement, and my 3-year-old son takes a powder mulitvitamin that is specifically designed for his nutritional needs (it dissolves easily in water and he loves the taste!). During the winter, it is especially important to add extra vitamin D3 and vitamin C to your daily intake. Be sure to choose whole food supplements, so that the body treats them like food and they are properly digested. My favorite trusted brand is Innate Response.
2. Bio-active silver hydrosol (colloidal silver at the purest form). This natural antibiotic is the first thing I reach for when I wake up with a bit of a sore throat. It works like broad-spectrum antibiotics against bacteria, viruses, and protozoa in the body. Unlike pharmaceutical antibiotics, it does not lead to resistance and has none of the negative side effects. It can be taken orally as well as through the ears (it’s great for ear infections in children), nose (for sinus issues), and even eyes (it does wonders for pink eye). It is safe for children as well, so when I know my 3-year-old son has been exposed to an illness, he automatically gets a dose of silver. It has done wonders for our family and Argentyn 23 is my trusted brand. (I also want to note that garlic and coconut oil are also proven natural antibiotics that are used regularly in my home.)
3. Thieves essential oil. Essential oils are oils taken from plants that have therapeutic benefit to the body. There are many essential oils that have become staples in my home, but the one I recommend most for it’s immune boosting benefits is thieves oil. This blend of oils was actually used in the 15th century by thieves (hence the name) in order to avoid catching the Plague from those they were stealing from. Thieves can be diffused into the air or rubbed onto the bottoms of the feet to increase immunity and help fight sickness. Again, whenever I know someone in my family has been exposed to an illness, I immediately reach for thieves oil.
4. Homemade elderberry syrup. Black elderberries contain high levels of vitamin A, B, C, and antioxidants, which increase the effectiveness of the immune system. When mixed with other natural immune boosting ingredients, elderberries have been shown in research studies to effectively fight the flu and other diseases. My favorite homemade elderberry syrup recipe is:
These are my most trusted natural remedies to fight illness during the winter months. All of these (except for elderberry syrup) are available for order at Vickery Chiropractic. Here’s to staying warm and healthy this winter, naturally!
Written by Dr. Kristin Marchman