[I’m not a doctor and this post is not meant to diagnose or treat any condition. It is only for informative purposes only.]
I have a personal question for you. How is your sleep? Are you getting enough?
Did you know that getting quality sleep can have a positive, healing impact on every organ in your body?
Subsequently, a poor night’s sleep can have a negative impact and if you are consistently not getting enough sleep it can have a detrimental effect on your health.
I’ve always known that sleep is extremely important but as I listened to The Thyroid Secret by Dr. Izabella Wentz, I was reminded once again why sleep is so vitally important.
A good night’s sleep helps balance hormones, rejuvenates you and helps your body to heal. It’s the time when your injuries heal and your cells regenerate. Everything from your mental health, clarity of mind and problem solving is greatly affected by your quality of sleep. It’s also helpful to lower your risk of depression and anxiety.
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Do you feel guilty resting or taking breaks? Would you ever lie down for a 20-minute nap during the day, sit in a quiet room to meditate or pray or go to bed early even though you haven’t tackled your long to-do list?
The choices you make will either promote good health or poor health. There is no neutral when it comes to lifestyle choices and nutrition.
When you set aside time each day to physically relax it has a dramatic effect on your mind and body. Relaxing can change the entire hormonal balance of your system, it can help to heal or prevent adrenal fatigue and help your mental health to stay well balanced.
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Knowing how sleep benefits your overall health should make it easier to make this lifestyle habit one of the most important habits you have.
Want to know how to have a good nights sleep?
- Eat nutritious foods every day. Stay away from sugar, processed foods, caffeine, and alcohol especially a few hours before bed.
- Have a protein snack before bed to help balance your blood sugar.
- Exercise every day.
- Get plenty of sunshine.
- Clear the clutter from your bedroom.
- Turn the television off.
- No electronics 2 hours before bed.
- Take a hot shower or relaxing bath before bed.
- Drink soothing herbal teas like chamomile.
- Spend time before bed meditating or praying.
- Practice a routine of gentle stretching.
- Make sure the temperature in your room is not too hot or cold.
Healing requires changing the signals to your brain which requires healthy food, exercise, a quiet evening atmosphere, and good night-time habits which all lead towards a good night’s sleep so that your body can repair and heal.
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I sure hope you have already been making elderberry syrup for you and your family but if not I think you might be convinced that you should by the time you’re finished reading this.
In my previous post about Immune Building Foods I shared just a few of the ways elderberries are good for your health.
Here’s a recap:
Elderberries are rich in flavonoids and help to protect your DNA integrity.
Elderberries reduce stress and increase recovery time. It’s antiviral and speeds up the body’s ability to recover from colds and the flu.
Not only that, it has the ability to protect against 10 strains of the flu unlike the flu vaccine which usually only targets 1 or 2 strains.
When taken at the first symptoms of the flu, it has the ability to reduce the duration of the flu to 3-4 days. Elderberries activate a healthy immune system and reduces inflammation.
Overall, elderberry syrup is an inexpensive and delicious way to protect your family during cold and flu season.
Here’s how I make elderberry syrup!
1/2 Cup Dried Organic Elderberries
3 Cups Filtered Water
1/4 to 1/2 Cup of Honey
(Optional: 2-5 drops of Young Living Thieves essential oils for extra immune strength)
Add 1/2 cup of dried organic elderberries or 1 cup of fresh elderberries to 3 cups of water.
Bring to a boil and then turn down to a simmer for an hour.
Smash berries with a potato masher and then strain the elderberries using a fine mesh strainer and throw out elderberries.
Add honey (and optional Thieves essential oil) to the elderberry liquid. Stir thoroughly. Label a canning jar and pour your elderberry syrup into the jar. Store in the fridge where it will last for 2-3 months.
Check out Pub-Med for more information about elderberries.
I’ve been busy this afternoon making immune boosting foods.
I plan to share these great recipes so check back on the blog soon.
My daughter has come down with a nasty cold. It started as just a simple cold but her throat is still sore and the cold has moved into her chest.
I should have gone to work at the very first symptom but my schedule has been crazy and I haven’t had the time at home to prepare anything for her.
This afternoon I made her elderberry syrup, bone broth and butternut squash soup.
Elderberry syrup is such an easy immune boosting remedy to make. Elderberries are rich in flavonoids and help to protect your DNA integrity.
It reduces stress and increases recovery time. It’s antiviral and speeds up the body’s ability to recover from colds and the flu. Not only that, it has the ability to protect against multiple strains of the flu.
Overall, elderberry is an inexpensive and delicious way to protect your family during cold and flu season.
You may have heard a lot about the amazing benefits of bone broth. When we were kids and got sick most of our mom’s probably made up chicken soup. My mom usually made homemade chicken soup which is still my favorite and something I’ve continued to do for my family.
Because my family spent a number of years on antibiotics, bone broth has been a very beneficial addition to our diet because it’s a gut healing food. It’s full of vitamins, minerals and body healing nutrients which helps to boost the immune system and decrease inflammation. You certainly don’t need to wait until you’re sick to enjoy this yummy broth.
I enjoy simmering my chicken or turkey bones all day but if you’re going to be out a lot you can throw everything in a crockpot.
Butternut Squash Soup
Who doesn’t love a creamy bowl of butternut squash soup? It’s soothing, it’s warm, it can be spicy if you like it that way and it’s oh, so good for you. Butternut squash it’s low in calories and high in fiber and phyto-nutrients. It has more vitamin-A than a pumpkin, has b-carotenes, lutein, rich in b-complex vitamins like folates, riboflavin, niacin, b-6, thiamin and panthothenic acid.
You can see why this is a great food for boosting your immune system.
While we can’t always prevent being exposed to the flu or cold viruses, we can provide our bodies with rich nutrients and immune boosting foods.