Mar 3, 2012

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Green Ways to Stay Healthy During Flu Season

Cold and flu season: green ways to keep your baby protected

Guest post written by Alyssa Clarke

A running nose or sore throat of your toddler which marks the beginning of cold or flu, is perhaps enough to spoil your mood for the day. When children suffer from a cold or flu attack, they tend to become cranky and feel quite low. The good news is that you can avoid this irritable disease successfully and that too in an eco-friendly manner. Read on for a few green ideas to prevent your young one from this contagious illness.

1. Eat well and sleep tight

A proper lifestyle works in favor of reducing the occurrence of cold and flu. In fact, research shows that a balanced organic diet which includes all the essential minerals and vitamins such as vitamin C, B6, E, A, copper, zinc and selenium boosts the immune system. A variety in the food platter will ensure that your kid gets all these vital elements.

Also, consumption of protein, both animal and plant based, builds up immunity and detoxification system of the body. Children should be encouraged to make healthy food choices and avoid canned and junk food. Ideally, their daily diet should consist of seasonal fruits and veggies and a cup of yogurt.

In addition to this, parents need to take care that their kids get proper rest to increase the defense mechanism of their body. Adequate amount of sleep will help the body to ward off germs successfully.

2. Sweat it out

With numerous play stations and channels on television, kids are slowly losing the interest to play physical games. Physical exercise help kids to defend against cold and flu effectively. Parents can make an effort to practice simple forms of exercises such as aerobics and yoga in an interesting manner with their kids every day. Apart from exercise, you can also indulge in outdoor games with your kid for a fun-filled work-out. On some days, you can play the music and dance with your child to flush out the toxins, but in a different way.

3. Hot and spicy

The use of organic herbs and various spices in the food for kids will help them to keep a safe distance from cold and flu. Herbs such as cayenne, organic sage, oregano, rosemary, nutmeg, ginger, clove and garlic are ideal to increase their body resistance against viruses. Besides enhancing the flavor of the food, these herbs which are loaded with anti-bacterial properties will help to stimulate their immune system too. You can also use essential oils such as lavender, eucalyptus, rosemary, and oregano oil as a nightly vaporizer or include it in your kid’s daily bath. These oils possess antifungal properties and prevent the spread of viruses.

4. A few healthy tips

Kids often catch cold and flu due to negligence of minor things. Parents should make them aware of personal hygiene and the importance of washing hands correctly. In fact, washing hands frequently decreases the chances of contracting the virus to a large extent.

Parents also need to maintain cleanliness at home and make an effort to keep the surfaces free of lead or mold. Instead of toxic cleaning products, it is safe to use natural things such as tea tree oil, vinegar, lemon juice or thyme as a disinfectant in your household.

It is also necessary to keep your kid’s body hydrated. Parents should monitor that their children drink adequate fluids every day to purify the body and flush out toxins. Apart from water, soups, and juices in a diluted form may be consumed to prevent dehydration.

There is nothing to worry if your kid catches a cold as it is a natural way to build up immunity. However, prevention is always a better option and these simple ‘green’ techniques enable you to keep your toddler free from cold and flu.

 

About the author: Alyssa Clarke is a passionate writer who is a firm follower of a healthy lifestyle. Being an eco-enthusiast herself she is currently looking for some DIY greenhouse tips to build one of its own.
  1. Excellent tips…pinned & tweeted! Thanks

  2. Good tips to follow. Tweeted xx

  3. Wonderful tips and I feel like I’m saying “Did you wash your hands?” at least a dozen times a day!

    • 🙂 well good to hear that. No doubt that hygiene is the foremost thing to look after when it comes to keeping your baby stay away from seasonal ailments.
      Thanks for the read.

  4. Andrea G. says:

    I totally agree about the physical games. Nothing drives me crazier than to see kids who own tons of video games but don’t even have a bike.

    • Hi Andrea,
      Thanks for supporting this particular point about the importance of physical games for kids. These days more and more kids are losing their interest in physical activities. Hence, its my personal request to all parents to keep their kids engaged in exercises or physical games to avoid them from getting glued to TV’s or video games.

      Thanks for the read.

  5. Thank you for this! I recently started my son on probiotics and he hasn’t gotten sick (even though I did get a cold!). I don’t know if that helped…but it can’t hurt! I really like the tip on using essential oils too- I have just recently started learning about them and it’s fascinating! They are so beneficial!

  6. Love these tips – physical activity is so important to staying healthy. We have a dance party at least once a day!

  7. Great tips. Especially like Sweat It Out. Makes sense.