• Carri Freemantle

Keeping Healthy during the Flu Season

'Flu season' is well and truly upon us!

This can seriously add to the stress of having a newborn. My daughter was born in the middle of May (2010) during the first winter storm and the beginning of ‘flu season’. As a very anxious first time mom I basically hibernated for about 2 months! A happy consequence was that my teeny newborn bundle was exposed to minimal germs. Bonus, as we all know newborns immune systems are immature.

Mya at 6 weeks

Breastfeeding is well documented to help little ones build a strong immune system. Taking a good quality immune boosting supplement while breastfeeding will help build your baby’s defenses.

If breastfeeding is not an option for you, consider giving your baby Resisto from Dr Mari Jordi. ( Resisto is a powerful homeopathic remedy which boosts your immune system. My whole family uses it everyday as a preventative measure.

A vaginal birth allows healthy bacteria to pass to baby and assist in building up their immune system. If you had a cesarean birth, giving your baby a course of probiotics is always a good idea. This can also help to prevent colic.

I am sure other moms have had the experience of well meaning strangers touching your children! I am not sure why strangers think it is ok?!

My daughter has beautiful golden, ginger hair that everyone seems to want to touch. It drives her (and me) in sane! But that is a whole other blog post! I found baby wearing a lifesaver in this regard.

When you have baba snuggled close to you, they will be less likely to come into contact with germy strangers fingers.

My children are now 9 and 5 years old and are both strong and healthy kids. By some miracle we have managed to avoid ever having to give them antibiotics, steroids, antihistamines, etc… In fact the strongest allopathic medicine they have had is panado.

I like to think that I had some part to play in helping that happen.

Here is what we do as a family in a bid to stay flu-free:

Resisto: 10 drops every morning. At the first sign of a runny nose, I up the dosage to 3 times a day.

Floradix: As soon as one of us start feeling a bit run down I start dosing them(or myself) with this powerful multi mineral and vitamin.

Probiotic: I usually give them a dose when they are sick. We have recently starting brewing our own kefir milk as a more economical way to be able to be able to take it consistently.

Fortified Nutritional Yeast: This is another thing I have recently started adding to all our food to increase our intake of Vitamin B’s.

Fresh veggie juices: cheapest way to give them a vitamin and mineral boost. (After the initial cost of the juicer.)

Immune boosting smoothies: My daughter is a smoothie connoisseur. She has one for breakfast every morning. These immune boosting smoothie recipes have all been given “The Mya Nod of Approval.”

Click to smoothie link.

Regular Chiropractor appointments: Born into a family of chiropractors, (2 uncles + 5 cousins!) I had my first adjustment when I was just a few hours old. Both my children were very blessed to both have their first adjustment when they were 3 days old, by the same uncle who adjusted me when I was a few days old. For us, going for an adjustment when we aren’t feeling well is a no-brainer. Makes a world of difference.

As a family we eat minimal wheat and sugar. We have a bread machine, so every now and again I whip up a loaf of bread using stone ground flour, which seems a lot more gentle on the stomach. Or I’ll get a loaf of delicious sourdough rye bread from the Neighbourhood Farm down the road.

When my kids do get a cold the most requested food is:

Granny’s Chicken Soup.

Full of love, comfort and healthy, healing veggies. And really easy to make!

1 whole chicken

3 garlic cloves

1 large onion, chopped

5 carrots, chopped

3 celery stalks, chopped

2 tsp dried basil

2tsp dried thyme

2 tsp salt

4 cups chicken stock

Add the whole raw chicken to a large pot.

Add all the ingredients, cover and simmer on medium low until it boils.

Once the soup is boiling turn down and let simmer for 2hours.

Remove the chicken and cut the meat off the bone. Return meat to the soup.


Thank-you for the recipe Granny.

Keep warm. Keep healthy.


[muh-th-er] -noun

1.One person who does the work of twenty. For free.

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