How I Keep my Kids Healthy

With all the sickness that is going around, I wanted to take the time to write this blog about how I manage to keep my kids healthy. I’m not going to sit here and act like my kids don’t ever get sick, cuz they do. It’s inevitable. But I can honestly say, they are VERY RARELY sick, I’m talking once a year.

So with that said, I am happy to share with you some of the “secrets” in our household that keep my 2 little men happy and healthy.

Vitamins. Every morning my 2 year old gets 2 vitamins before his breakfast. We place them on the table infront of his seat. His face lights up when he sees them! He loves his vitamins! Currently I am using Young Livings MightVites. Since I’m a distributor, it makes sense for me to purchase from them. But before I knew about YL, I used the Critters brand and those were good too.

I’m an avid ingredient label reader. I wanted to make sure the vitamins I’m giving my son didn’t contain artificial anything and that it derived from a good natural source. So be picky when choosing a vitamin. Quality definitely matters.

Probiotics. Along with his 2 vitamins, he gets 1 probiotic. Our gut health is SO important. If we can keep our guts healthy, we are generally healthier. Balancing the bacteria in our guts can have a very positive effect on our immune system. It also helps aid digestion which is always a plus. I use a GNC brand and have been very happy with it overall.

Echinacea. I love this stuff! I typically don’t give him this everyday. I usually will wait till I see any first symptoms of a sickness, or if he’s been around anyone sick lately. I put about half the dropper of liquid into his water. It’s orange flavor and he seems to really like it. Echinacea has a million and 1 uses, but I love it for the additional immune boost. Studies have shown echinacea cuts the chances of getting a cold down to 58%. And if you happen to get a cold, it cuts the duration of the cold by 1.5 days. So this is something we always have around. Especially these winter months.

Diffusing. I think a lot of people don’t understand the power of diffusing a quality essential oil can have on the immune system. Yes it smells nice, but the overall health benefits is why I love it so much. As you know from my other posts, I have a diffuser in every room. And we use them everyday for both the smells and prevention. Thieves in particular is what I reach for during these month. Here is why:

The Essential Oil Desk Reference explains:

“Studies conducted at Weber State University (Ogden, UT) during 1997 showed the antibacterial effectiveness of the Thieves blend against airborne microorganisms. One study showed a 90 percent reduction in the number of gram positive Micrococcus luteus organisms after diffusing for 12 minutes. After 20 minutes of diffusing, the kill-rate jumped to 99.3 percent. Another study against the gram negative Pseudomonas aeruginosa showed a kill rate of 99.6 percent after just 12 minutes of diffusion.”

So you can see why this is my go to for this time of year. I diffuse for my boys every night. And it’s made a huge difference in their health and our overall health as a family. In addition to diffusing, I use diluted Thieves in a roller and will apply to their feet and spine. I labeled it my ‘immunity’ roller, for obvious reasons. 😂

These are my experiences and I can honestly tell you it works! I expect them to get sick once in a while, but I try my best to keep their immune systems strong. To me that is most important. I hope you all stay strong and healthy in these last few weeks of winter and as we enter spring!

**Don’t forget to check out my YL GIVEAWAY in my last blog post Here!**

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Treating Pain with Turmeric.

My first C-section wasn’t planned. I had all intentions of having a natural birth, but after 3 hours of pushing and making no progress, the doctor advised we do a C-section and I was so desperate I agreed.

Everything went well. Rome was born and was a happy healthy baby.

Being that he was my first, I had no idea what recovery would be like. Since the C-section wasn’t planned, I had done no research as to what I would need to be comfortable. What the recovery would be like or what I was in for as a first time mom just having gone through a surgery. It was very overwhelming.

I was written a prescription for some narcotics for the pain and I was told to take them and ibuprofen for as long as I needed.

At that time, I wasn’t living the all natural, holistic lifestyle I am now, but I knew I didn’t want to take narcos everyday. Reluctantly, I was in so much pain, I felt I had no choice. I was a new mom and didn’t have the luxury of resting. The narcos caused me to have horrible constipation which would lead to stomach discomfort, but I pushed through thinking there was no other option that could help me.

Fast forward 2 years later, I am pregnant with my second and this time it’s a scheduled C section. I must have forgotten how painful it was because for some reason I thought I could get through the recovery without the use of pain meds. I had previously been diagnosed with a bowel obstruction so with constipation being a side effect of the narcotics, I didn’t want to risk anything. (I’ll be blogging about my bowel obstruction journey in the future).

As soon as the c section was over, I asked to be taken off all pain meds. They were making me extremely nauseous and I was throwing up constantly which is not ideal after having a brand new baby you want to hold.

As the pain meds wore off, I could feel the sharp pains from my new incision begin to creep into place. I felt like I couldn’t move. The pain was so intense. I finally gave in and allowed myself some ibuprofen.

At home, as you can imagine, I had zero time to recover. I had a bouncy 2 year old and a crying newborn both demanding my attention. Even while taking the ibuprofen, I was still in pain. I was constantly moving and bending over. With every little move I would make, I would feel like my incision was on fire. At times I wanted to cry, the pain was so intense.

I have a friend who owns a health/ fitness store. I texted him asking what he would recommend as a natural anti inflammatory. He quickly responded with turmeric or cherry juice extract. Later that day I stopped by his store and picked up a bottle of turmeric capsules he recommended. I took 2 pills and within the hour the pain melted away. I couldn’t believe how I was feeling. Suddenly, I could walk upright and not have to slouch. I could bend over and go up or down the stairs without having any pain! I felt over joyed and so relieved that I had found a natural solution for my pain.

Since that experience, I have used turmeric for many things. It’s helped me recover from another surgery I had a few months later too.

It has many health benefits. Some of them being a powerful anti inflammatory, aids in metabolism, natural antibiotic, blood purifier, promotes wound healing and cancer prevention.

My mom now uses turmeric for her arthritis. It’s brought her much relief. We also use turmeric for mild headaches! It really works! It is a supplement we will never be without. Neither should you!