Just a quick note to apologize for the lack of posts over the past few days. We’ve been fighting off sinus infections/colds in our house; we tend to take turns getting sick so it drags out over a few days. We’ve recovered surprisingly quickly…much faster than we did before switching to whole foods! Usually my kids would take one to two weeks to get rid of a hacking cough: we did it this time in two days! Here’s how:
- Breakfast: Banana (minerals, energy), Homemade Yogurt (probiotics, protein) flavored with Cranberry Jam (anti-infection), Honey-Juice (anti-infection, vitamins, comfort)
- Morning Snack: Hard-boiled eggs, 2 each for children, 4 each for teens and adults (vitamins), Sliced & Cored Organic Apples (fiber & vitamins), Honey-Juice (anti-infection, vitamins, comfort)
- Lunch: Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup with extra fresh, grated Garlic (minerals, vitamins, gelatin, natural antibiotic), Honey-Juice (anti-infection, vitamins, comfort)
- Afternoon Snack: Grapes and Chips (Granny came to visit so chips became whole foods temporarily 😉 ) Honey-Juice (anti-infection, vitamins, comfort)
- Dinner: Whole Grain Rotini Pasta (fiber) in Organic Spaghetti Sauce (vitamins) with Ground Turkey (protein) and Steamed Broccoli (vitamins & minerals), Grapefruit Juice (ran out of Honey-Juice!)
So what is this Honey-Juice, you may ask?
Honey-Juice | A Helping of Hope
Honey-Juice helps to soothe sore throats and fight off colds! Give 4 oz. (1/2 cup) to children over one year old every one to two hours. Grapefruit Juice provides vitamin C and has an amazing ability to strip infection and film off the throat. Honey soothes sore throats and has natural anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties (it also kills infectious amoebas, viruses, and reduces fever). The added salt makes the liquid electrolytic, so it is more easily absorbed and better hydrates.
- 1 cup Grapefruit Juice
- 1 cup Filtered water
- 1/4 cup Honey
- 1/4 tsp Real Salt
Mix ingredients in a small pan (avoid nonstick) on medium heat until warm to the touch (do not over heat or allow to boil: high temperatures will kill off enzymes in the honey). Sip before giving to children to ensure a safe drinking temperature.
Did we use OTC drugs? Yes, somewhat. Since I do not have a stocked apothecary (!) I still use Tylenol and Ibuprofen to help reduce fevers and Children’s Mucinex at night to help suppress the coughing (here is a better, all-natural option I need to try). As a rule of thumb, I avoid drugs unless the fever approaches 102F and/or at night; a good night’s sleep is essential to getting better. One day I hope to have natural remedies that are as effective as OTC drugs, yet without the artificial sweeteners and synthetic, side-effect inducing ingredients. Until then, I use them sparingly and prayerfully, relying as much as possible on nutrition and physical rest.
Helping of Hope. Right Choice: rely on good nutrition and rest to get well. Medicines deal with symptoms, they do not typically give your body what it needs to function properly. Supplements are not as well absorbed as vitamins and minerals in food and can be very expensive. Antibiotics kill your body’s natural ability to fight infection and shut down your digestive system so you can’t get nutrients from your food. Do as much as you can (with food and rest) as soon as you can to avoid having to take medicines, supplements, and antibiotics or it may take you several weeks to get back to normal. Bright future: FASTER recovery time, less money spent on OTC remedies, no antibiotic-resistant illnesses, healthier immune system!
I hope this Christmas finds everyone well and not sick. If you find yourself ill, try the Honey-Juice! It works wonders…
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