Homeopathy, but also ‘regular’ medicine using
Okay, so that’s not very eloquently stated, but basically I like to use herbs/homeopathic remedies when possible, but I also use “regular” medicine too. I have things like decongestant, cough syrup, etc. in my medicine cabinet. I’m not opposed to antibiotics, I just don’t want to use them unless it’s really necessary. And thankfully, we have found the perfect doctor who feels the same way. When Nathan had an ear infection and possible strep throat a year ago, she prescribed him antibiotics. But that was the one and only time in his entire life that he’s ever needed them. Emily’s never needed antibiotics – she’s never had an ear infection or an illness that called for it.
As for the herbs/homeopathic remedies, I give my kids a daily Flintstone-type vitamin and also a chewable probiotic. And during the winter and at times when they may have been exposed to illness, I also give them an Echinacea blend tincture to help their immune systems. If I know they have definitely been exposed to an illness, or they start coming down with something, I give them elderberry/echinacea syrup. Our family doctor pointed this amazing blend out to me. It has made such a huge difference in how frequently (or in this case – less frequently) my kids get sick and really helps decrease the duration of their illness. It’s not cheap, but it’s worth every penny. You can find all these things at health food stores, but I’ve found it’s usually half the cost online, so I try to buy/stock up ahead of time.
As for myself, I stock up and take elderberry & echinacea capsules (generally sold separately – here’s where I buy them – Puritan’s Pride) whenever I’m feeling run down, am exposed to something (I notice my kids are sniffling), or when I start feeling sick. I often just take them as preventative measure throughout the winter too. In fact, I’m taking them now (yes they’ve been approved by my doctor as safe during pregnancy) just as a precaution against infection/illness before my upcoming c-section. If I ever start feeling sick, I take extra doses and that usually does the trick and I can avoid the illness all together. It truly is amazing and I cannot say enough about this combination. The elderberry is key. It’s harder to find than echinacea – I’ve never seen elderberry at Walmart/Target, etc. – but again you can find it at a health food store or online. And it’s well worth it. I have been so much healthier since taking elderberry.
I also discovered something valuable this past winter. Or rather my doctor showed me. Back in December, I started feeling really run-down and depressed. I was barely into the 2nd trimester of my pregnancy and it was just the start of winter. I went to my doctor and she immediately sent me for blood work to check my Vitamin D levels. My levels were low. My doctor told me to take 2000 mg of Vitamin D daily. Within a couple of weeks I started feeling better. And I have been amazingly healthy this winter, especially considering how often I’ve been exposed to illness and the fact that my immune system wasn’t functioning like normal because of the pregnancy. I looked into vitamin D further and found that it is proven to help the body fight off illness. If you are low on vitamin D, your body isn’t going to be able to function as well and thus you will be more susceptible to illness.
Now days with all the skin cancer warnings and SPF usage out there, more and more people are deficient in Vitamin D. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying don’t wear your SPF – on the contrary, you SHOULD. But, if you ever find yourself feeling really run down for no apparent reason – especially in the winter – try taking a Vitamin D supplement. It’s easy to find at your local store and really cheap. And effective. And it takes a lot to overdose – I think it’s something like 50K-100K mg daily – so no worries there. 1000-2000 mg a day is just fine.
Now if I could just get my husband to take his daily multi-vitamin…
Why don’t they make chewable Flintstone vitamins for men? Seriously? Because then I know Nate would take his vitamins. But as it is, he has ‘grown-up’ vitamins and he just doesn’t take them.