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Staying Healthy Plan

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010

Why can’t I stay healthy for more than 4 weeks? According to my doctor, it’s because I have a 4 year old daughter, Indie.  No-one ever really warned me about that.  Sleepless nights, crying, fussy eating habits maybe, but not getting sick every other week.  It’s crazy.  Pre-Indie we’d get the usual cold once a season that lasted maybe a week. But now we are exposed to these mega-germs that bring us to our knees for not one week, or two, but three.  Just last year in the space of 13 months I had my first real big sinus infection, a lung infection, bronchitis, 4 colds, and drum roll please…the dreaded H1N1 too.

Last year I committed to working on boosting our immune systems.  If we could keep Indie healthy, then maybe we could escape some of the sickness. We took probiotics, drank Echinacea tea, elderberry tablets, Kombucha tea, wellness tablets,…I have spent so much money on immune boosting medicine it is crazy. But alas, the periodic sickness continued. About germs; we tried both ends of the spectrum. First we weren’t religious about washing hands and then we became germaphobes. This winter it was time we decided to fight the war full on and we did use the anti-bacterial soap and hand sanitizer.   But again we lost the battle.

So my next line of defense: supplements. I’m not a big supplement taker. I don’t like to swallow the big horse-like pills. The only supplement I have taken with any regularity is B12 (the one thing that is difficult to get in a vegetarian diet). And the reason why I have stuck it out with B12 is that is a teeny tiny pill that you dissolve in your mouth.  I give Indie a daily chewable multi-vitamin. She doesn’t complain. She thinks she is getting a treat. So that got me thinking.  That’s exactly what I need. So my latest purchase had been a whole line of chewables:

My new chewables

Chewable calcium, chewable vitamin D, and a chewable multi-vitamin and mineral.  And so far I’ve been able to keep up taking them with some consistency.  Granted there is sweetener added to the chewables to make them tolerable, but hey, that small amount is OK with me if I can stay healthy for 4 weeks.  Vegetarians beware that some chewables contain gelatin.

The other thing I’m adding to my line of defense are smoothies. I have a vitamix which I love. It makes the best smoothies. I’ve been making mixed berry smoothies about 3 times a week.  Ingredients include: greek yogurt, vanilla protein powder, banana, berries, orange juice and ice.  A good source of protein, calcium, and anti-oxidants.  Next I want to experiment with  making super green veggie drinks (carrots, greens, celery, parsley, etc.). I’ll post some recipes later. 

And finally, I got over my fear of  sinus flushes. There are a couple of different methods (neti pot or flush bottle) to do this, but basically you flush warm saline water up your nose  to help clean out mucus, allergens, irritants, bacteria and viruses thereby reducing the frequency of infection. It actually feels pretty good.  As soon as I start to feel like I may be getting sick, out comes the flush bottle and so far so good. I’ve been healthy for 6  weeks and counting!

So in summary, this is what I’m currently doing:

-Daily multi vitamin and mineral
-Vitamin D 2000 IU
-Calcium
-B12
-Fruit Smoothies
-Super Green Drinks
-Sinus Flushes
-and over the winter I’ll add an immune boosting supplement and probiotics.

What works for you? What is your stay healthy plan?