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We’ve had our share of summer sickness around this household. If you follow me on Instagram, you know Mckenna has had a handful of summer colds and she just recently got over hand foot and mouth disease. I wouldn’t wish that yucky illness on my worst enemy, that’s for sure! Needless to say, I’m starting to get ready for the inevitable sicknesses that come our way in the colder months here in Wisconsin and making sure we have all of the necessities within arms reach. Some of these necessities will help support our immune systems and others will help to treat when we aren’t feeling so well. It happens, ya know?
- Thermometer: Sometimes no matter how hard we try, we still get sick. Make sure you have a thermometer on hand with fully charged batteries, so you can check a temperature if needed.
- Tissues: I keep a travel-sized package of nice, soft tissues in my purse at all times during the winter. We also have boxes stationed around the house when the sniffles hit. Just don’t forget to wash your hands after blowing or wiping your nose.
- Chest Rub: We love using this on our chest to help clear our nasal passages and make it more comfortable for us to sleep at night.
- Tea: We also keep herbal teas around to soothe sore throats and provide that added bit of comfort.
- Fever Reducing Medication: Along with the thermometer, make sure you have fever reducing medication on hand should a fever hit. We always try to keep our supply well stocked for the adults and littles in our house.
- Honey: Honey is proven to be effective in suppressing a cough more so than cough medicine. Of course, it cannot be used for children under the age of one. We love using honey pops and just a spoonful of honey to help calm coughs.
All in all, one of your best defense mechanisms against those nasty germs of winter is to wash your hands lots and lots. Especially after you use the restroom, are in contact with others that are sick and before you eat or touch your face or mouth. Wash, wash, and wash some more!
We also started taking the following Nature Made® supplements too.
- Nature Made® Super C Immune Complex: This one’s for Cory and I. It contains zinc as well as vitamins A, C, D & E and helps to support our immune systems.† I take this year round, actually, to help support my immune system, because I feel like I don’t typically get enough Vitamin C in my diet. I feel better knowing I have the extra support for my overall health and wellbeing with the added 900mg of Vitamin C and 15mg of Vitamin E — two nutrients that support immune health.† This supplement also contains 450mcg of Vitamin A, 25mcg of Vitamin D and 11mg of Zinc. Wow! Talk about packing a punch!
- Nature Made® Melatonin Gummies: I typically don’t have trouble sleeping unless I workout too late at night, which happens from time to time. Those endorphins get going and my mind just won’t stop. Taking Nature Made® Melatonin Gummies are great tasting and they help support my sleep.† I’ve been encouraging Cory to use this, as well, because he has more trouble falling asleep at night than I do some nights. This supplement contains 2.5mg of melatonin to help your body reset it’s natural sleep/wake cycle.†
A well-functioning immune system is foundational for your health! We recognize fully that we can’t protect ourselves 100% from the inevitable germs and bugs that come our way during these winter months, but there are things that we can do to help build up and support our immune systems to give ourselves a fighting chance!
How do you boost your family’s immune system in the winter months?
† These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.