Notes from the 10/22/2012 Staying Healthy Workshop

Health and Wellness: Staying Healthy Workshop held Tuesday, October 22, 2013

 

 

STAYING HEALTHY: HOW TO BOOST THE IMMUNE SYSTEM

We had an informative discussion on how stay healthy this winter… which included discussion on how to fight colds and flu.

Here are some of the highlights from the workshop:

 Prevention

1. Plenty of rest and good eating habits-eat protein and different colored fruits and veggies
2.  Exercise
3.   Disinfection (Lysol, bleach water, vinegar and water)- 59% of surfaces at home are infected with flu/cold virus and can last up to 48hours
4.      Fresh juicing, if possible: oranges, celery, apples
5.  Get a flu shot.

Some parents expressed success with using natural remedies to assist in preventing sickness during the colder months.  While all remedies are not effective for all families, some have found these to be helpful:

1.      Take vitamins: Vitamin C – used to help boost immune system
2.      Echinacea and Elderberry – good anti viral
3.      Sambucol – good immune booster

Always consult a healthcare professional or your medical doctor if you are sick.

 Treatment– prevent complications such as sinus infections, ear infection, pneumonia
Stay home when you are sick- you must be fever free for 24 hours prior to returning to school/work

1.       Rest-body needs time to heal

2.      Cover mouth and nose- “cough pockets”

3.    Eat Chicken soup. Chicken soup might help relieve cold and flu symptoms in two ways. Some of the benefits are:  it acts as an anti-inflammatory by inhibiting the movement of neutrophils. These are immune system cells that participate in the body’s inflammatory response. Also, it temporarily speeds up the movement of mucus, possibly helping relieve congestion and limiting the amount of time viruses are in contact with the nose lining. the combination of vegetables and chicken that work together.

Chicken soup with vegetables contains lots of healthy nutrients, increases hydration and tastes good, too.

4.  Blow nose often- Mucus traps the germs, therefore, it is important to get rid of it.  Blowing your nose also prevents the mucus from going into the ears and throat which causes ear infections and post nasal drip.
***Blowing the Nose –A lot of children don’t really know how to blow their noses and don’t get the mucous out.  Try having your (healthy) child blow out a candle with air from her/his nose!!  This will give them a sense of what it feels like to blow!

5.   Hydration- fevers cause dehydration, in turn, dehydration causes more fevers.  Hydration also keeps mucus moving easily.
6.   Cool mist humidifier, or a wet bath towel hanging in the room- this keeps the mucus membranes moist which helps mucus move.

Once a  Warm Mist humidifier is turned off it tends to dry out more and so not conducive to getting the mucus out.
7.  Keep head of bed elevated – this allows for the ears to drain and help prevent ear infection.

8. Steam bath then blow nose – steam baths are great for loosening the mucous, the steam helps to break up mucus. So take a nice steam bath and then blow your nose.

9  Sinus massage  Sinus massage – Massage the sinuses at the temples and cheeks helps relieve pressure and loosen mucus

 

 

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