According to Canada Public Health: In Canada, over 12,000 people hospitalized and 3500 deaths related to the flu occur each year! So this is not something that we want to take lightly.  It’s important that we protect ourselves from colds and flu.  There are some very simple and highly effective actions that we can take!

#1 Get plenty of rest! Be sure to stick with your sleep schedule.  Fighting off sickness can be hard work for your body, so being sure to get at least 8 hours of rest a night for adults and 10-12 hours a night for children and teenagers is very important in helping your body focus it’s energy to fighting away the illness and keeping you healthy and strong! Plus, a good nights sleep always seems to make everything better!

#2: Eat foods that are packed with vitamin C.   Vitamin C is a big factor in fighting off colds and flu.  Foods like oranges, red peppers, grapefruit, chili peppers, kiwi, lemons.   All will give your body fighting power against those bugs!  1 super easy way to do that is putting juice of 1/2  a fresh lemon in your water each morning, gives your body a boost right off the start each day! It makes your water taste great and gives it an extra boost!

#3 Reduce inflammatory foods:  Sugar and other highly processed foods cause inflammation in the body and that is exactly what you are trying to avoid when you want to fight off a cold or flu.  So be sure to avoid the inflammatory foods but also be sure to eat anti inflammatory foods.  These foods feed the good bacteria not the inflammation.

According to the Canadian Medical Association ginseng has been shown to significantly reduce the symptoms of colds and flu.
Green tea is also one of the best sources for fighting off a cold. It contains flavonoids, an antioxidant that boosts immunity, and has anti-inflammatory properties.
Mushrooms are anti viral, help improve immunity and lower inflammation throughout the body.
And, cinnamon and spinach are also especially great for lowering inflammation and fighting bad bacteria. Below check out one of my favourite quick easy week night meals with lots of cold fighting anti inflammatory foods in it!

#4 Lots of water!!  Drinking water will help loosen up that mucous that may be stuffing up your head or nose or throat.  As well, water helps flush the germs out of your system!

#5 Of course hand washing, we are surrounded by germs all day long, especially for the kiddos in school.  Wash away those germs regularly.  I heard a cute idea for the younger ones to encourage them to wash for the proper amount of time, was to sing the happy birthday song to themselves! It makes hand washing fun too!

#6 Boost your immune system with good quality supplements.  It can be difficult for us to get all the vitamins and minerals that we need just in the food we eat, so good quality supplements can help your body with the extra boost of  fighting power that it needs to ward off any cold or flu.

#7 Use the Power Of Plants! Essential oils are extremely helpful in fighting off all types of germs and sickness! I heard a great idea from my friend, each morning before her children leave for school she puts a swipe of Thieves oil on their forearms. This gives their body fighting power against germs! As well diffusing certain essential oils like Thieves and peppermint clean your air and help you breathe better. I know several wise teachers that have diffusers going in their classrooms to help protect their students from illness. The brand that I personally use and I am affiliate with is Young Living. If you are interested in checking it out and receiving the member discount, that costs nothing and can be cancelled at any time, this is the link and you will be connected with me:

Eat well and stay healthy friend!

Elsa 🙂

Slow cooker Orange Chicken
Serves 4

4 chicken thighs, cut into bite sized pieces
1 1/2 Tbsp arrowroot starch
3 cups chopped broccoli
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tsp ginger, minced
2 tsp sesame seeds
1/2 cup coconut aminos
juice of 1 orange
2 tsp orange zest
1/4 cup rice vinegar
2 tsp sesame oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
3 tsp ginger, finely chopped
1 tsp red pepper flakes
In a small bowl, whisk together sauce ingredients.
Put arrowroot starch in medium bowl then add chicken and stir to coat well.
Place chicken inside your slow cooker. Pour sauce over the top. Cook on low for 4- 5 hours, or until cooked through.

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