Tips To Stay Well This Winter, Naturally

The following is a post from Contributing Writer, Dr. Kristin Marchman.  Dr. Marchman is a Licensed Chiropractor at Essential Wellness in Cumming, GA and the Chiropractor I trust with my own children.  We are thankful to have Essential Wellness as a current website sponsor for Cumming Local.

As a chiropractor and mom of two young boys, I am constantly researching ways to keep my family healthy, especially this time of year.  I have had many inquiries for the ways I choose to keep my family well, so I would like to share my favorite natural remedies.Of course staying active, eating right, drinking plenty of water, and getting plenty of rest are first and foremost.   You can put all the natural remedies into your body that you want, but if you aren’t taking care of your body to begin with, they won’t have nearly the same effects. Chiropractic care is another way to keep your immune system functioning at its optimal level.  It is common knowledge that chiropractic helps with back pain and headaches, but it goes much beyond just that.  The spine and nervous system are in direct correlation with the immune system, so keeping your spine aligned helps to keep you and your family well. As promised, here is a list of my favorite natural remedies.
What we put into the body is of utmost importance.  In addition to a healthy diet, there are a few other immune boosters that we can add to our regimen, especially this time of year.

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.

Essential Oils

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. If you are interested in becoming a wholesale member and getting oils for your family at a discounted rate, I would be happy to help with that. Click here for all the information.

Other Supplements

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.)

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:

  • 2/3 cup black elderberries
  • 3 1/2 cup water
  • 2 T fresh ginger root
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp cloves
  • 1 cup raw honey
Pour water into medium saucepan and add elderberries, ginger, cinnamon, and cloves.  Bring to a boil, cover and reduce to a simmer for 45 minutes to 1 hour, until liquid has reduced by almost half.  Remove from heat and let cool enough to be handled.  Pour through mesh strainer into glass jar or bowl.  Discard elderberries and let liquid cool to lukewarm.  Add 1 cup of honey and stir well.  Pour syrup into mason jar or 16 ounce glass bottle.  Store in refrigerator.  Take 1 teaspoon daily for children and 1 tablespoon daily for adults.  Take weekends off.  If sick, take normal dose every 2-3 hours until symptoms are gone.

These are my most trusted natural immune boosters to help you and your family stay well this winter.  All of these (except elderberry syrup) can be ordered through Essential Wellness for a discounted rate.  You can click here for ordering instructions. Here’s to staying healthy this winter, naturally! 

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Dr. Kristin Marchman loves serving the Cumming community and assisting in educating about health and wellness.  As a member of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association and Georgia Birth Network, Dr. Marchman is dedicated to providing optimal health to her patients through chiropractic care. She is certified in the Webster Technique for pregnant women, a specific chiropractic analysis and adjustment that reduces interference to the nervous system and balances maternal pelvic muscles and ligaments. This, in turn, reduces torsion in the uterus, a cause of intra-uterine constraint of the baby, and allows for optimal fetal positioning in preparation for birth.

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