Top Immune Boosting tricks

Top Immune Boosting tricks

 

SNOT, COUGHS,  or just feeling rubbish?

We all need a way out in the winter months – I’m always a fan of eating your vitamins, but sometimes you need a little extra help, and these have been my saviours over the years. I brandish them at the first sign of anything, and touch wood, we haven’t had regular snottiness, loads of colds YET! Here’s to nature’s herb cabinet and unleashing it on the kids:

Beat those winter bugs and keep immune systems charged and ready to fight off flus and colds with these major immune kickers.

Either buy ’em, make them or both! I mix it up and have all of these on the go at some point.

ELDERBERRY SYRUP

Super high in antioxidants the elderberry has been a long standing staple in herbal remedies.

I have had this bottle of grape coloured nectar in my cupboard at all times and in the winter it gets regular use:

FOR KIDS:

Sambucol Black Elderberry for Kids 120ml liquid

And the sugar free version made with sorbitol:

Sambucol Black Elderberry Sugar Free Immuno Forte 120ml liquid

THIS is another with extra Vit C and Zinc too which is a key immune support:

Biocare 150ml Children’s Elderberry Complex

EXTRA STRENGTH:

Sambucol Black Elderberry Extra Defence 120ml liquid

I love this brand, and this is a variation on the theme with added manuka honey, ginger and liquorice root, all aimed at maxing the immune boost. From Age 2 yrs and up:

Pukka Herbs Organic Elderberry Syrup Bottle, 100 ml

MY ELDERBERRY RECIPE

A simple simmering wintry, festive flavoured tonic that my three can’t get enough of. It’s simple to make, using easily found cupboard staples and it’s cheaper as well.

All the greatness of elderberries with every other antiviral, vitamin C booster added to the pot.

Ingredients

Add water, tea bag, ginger, cinnamon, cloves and peeled zest of i/2 an orange to a small saucepan. On a low heat, simmer gently for 20-30 minutes until roughly half volume.

Leave to cool slightly, when warm stir through honey and lemon and orange juices.

Place in a glass jar or bottle and store in fridge for up to 3 months.

Administer 1 tbsp per child over 2 per day, Approx 1 tsp for under 2s, and not for the under 1’s because of honey included. If ill, take 3/4 times a day.

EUCALYPTUS BATH

If you’ve succumbed to the dreaded flu, feeling snotty, achey and rubbish, this lovely Eucalyptus Bath is really effective:

Kneipp Cold Season (Eucalyptus) Bath Salts

You can make your own too by adding these to a hot bath and lying back to soak for 30 minutes:

Epsom Bath Salts

Eucalyptus Oil

Bicarbonate of Soda

HONEY THROAT SPRAY:
Best way out of a painful throat without resorting to drowsy making cough medicine:

Comvita Propolis Oral Spray 20ml

DECONGESTANT:

Once you’re in deep and you want to save your kids forma sleepless night this Albas Oil is lovely and works a treat:

Olbas oil for children 10ml

EVERY DAY STAPLES:

I always bang on about these but the two things that your kids (and you!) need to be topped up on to keep immune systems at full strength, and that I supplement every day (almost, I aim for every day any way!…)

VITAMIN D – Immune defence boost, really key to have a daily dose of this as you can’t get enough from your diet or the sun in the winter months.

Minty Spray that my kids love:

Dlux 15 ml BetterYou Junior Daily Oral D3 Spray

And the adult version that I take every day:

BetterYou DLux 3000 – Vitamin D Oral Spray – 15ml

MULTI VIT + PROBIOTIC – First line of defence in the gut needs a top up
It looks pricey, but it lasts for 3 months, and is worth every penny:

Zita West MyBaba Childrens Multivitamin & MultiBiotic Berry Flavoured Powder – 3 month supply

EASY RECIPES

For immune boosting, don’t think you just have to gobble greens – although that is clearly helpful there are plenty of other goodies:

HERBY HASSELBACKS

Garlicky goodness and herbs this is such a good one

http://lizzieloveshealthy.com/hassle-free-herby-hasselback-potatoes/

RAW CHOCOLATE AND ORANGE BROWNIES

Don’t think treats are out. Cocoa is a dense giver of great antioxidants and goodness. And along with Vitamin C from the fresh orange this is a decadent velvety brownie with a kick.

http://lizzieloveshealthy.com/raw-chocolate-orange-iced-brownies/

IMMUNE BOOSTING PESTO

Super easy whizz up that is extra potent as its all raw. Anti bacterial and antiviral this is gold. And it goes wth pasta WIN WIN!

http://lizzieloveshealthy.com/immune-boost-pesto/

SWEET POTATO , SPINACH & RED ONION BHAJIS

With tons of Vitamin C from the dark green leafy spinach and beta carotene galore from the gorgeous sweet potatoes, these crispy beauties are an all time favourite:

http://lizzieloveshealthy.com/sweet-potato-and-spinach-bhaji/

SWEET GREEN SMOOTHIE

Super simple and an easy way to add in lots of fruit and veg to anyone’s day

http://lizzieloveshealthy.com/sweet-green-smoothie/

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