• 21Oct

    I mentioned in my earlier posts that everyone in the family has been down with chesty cough (with lots of phlegm) and mild runny nose, including myself. Only the hubs went to the doctor’s to get himself meds. For Sherilyn, I used Baby’s old Aero Chamber to administer the Ventolin on her several weeks ago to get rid of her phlegm. She’s getting better now. Thank God Alycia’s immune system has gotten stronger lately and I only gave her several Esberitox tabs (Echinacea) to treat her mild runny nose.  Baby is the only one spared from being bitten by the virulent cough and cold bugs, thanks to mummy’s powerhouse milkie enriched with all the supplements that she’s been taking.  Maybe I should also give credit to the E.Excel supplements that I’ve been diligently feeding her with.

    To cure myself from my chesty and mild runny nose, I popped Echinacea tabs and garlic tabs 2-3 times a day as soon as I felt the slightest symptoms appearing, to ‘nip the bug in the bud’!
    I also gargled my throat with salt water throughout the day and night (after I had woken up to change Baby’s diaper).  Other immune system enhancers that I’ve been taking as usual include Bragg’s apple cider vinegar, Vitamin ACE and salmon fish oil (to enhance my failing memory after having 3 kids!). Have also been eating green veggie like a rabbit, drinking freshly squeezed lemon juice and apple cider vinegar, eating chopped raw garlic and munching more on fruits and tomatoes for the extra antioxidants and vitamins.

    On top of that, I’ve been boiling luo han guo, barley water and chrysanthemum tea everyday for the entire family. These drinks are known by the Chinese to be good for the lungs, expel phlegm and treat cough, remove ‘heatiness’ from the body and boost the immune system. Barley water is boiled primarily for Baby as it is very good in cleansing the bladder and kidneys. My 2 older girls and the hubs drink it too. And I am surprised that Baby has no problem drinking luo han guo and chrysanthemum tea though they have a slightly bitter taste.

    Today is around the 6th day and I am recovering well. Really glad that I’ve once again self-treated myself from cough, cold and phlegm without having to pop antibiotics or other meds.

    Garlic consumption is very effective for strengthening the immune system and will even help prevent many colds. Garlic should be used as soon as the initial symptoms of a cold are felt. When symptoms first appear, take a garlic supplement, eat raw garlic or make your own garlic tea. I’ve read that garlic tea can soothe a sore throat and cough as well as boost the body’s disease-fighting strength.

    On top of the above remedies, you must have enough sleep, drink enough plain water, exercise, keep stress at bay (I know, easier said than done) and eat healthily in order to have a strong immune system.  Once your immune system is strong, your body heals easily and faster from illnesses.

    Disclaimer: What I’m sharing with you here is based on my own experience experimenting on natural remedies. They work for me most of the time but may not work for you. So, you may want to use this list as a starting place to do more research on your own on any particular supplement/plant/herb/etc. before taking it. If you have any special medical conditions, or are taking any medications, it’s best that you check with a doctor first.


7 Responses

  • hey shireen, Refresh and the other supplement which u are giving Cassandra (from Eexcel) are good for the kidneys only, right? Do your 2 other older girls take them? I’m planning to stop Millenium juice and replace with Refresh or the other one. Still thinking about this 🙂

  • Barb… Nutrifresh is not only for the kidneys. It’s for general well-being and enhances the immune system. It is also recommended for babies 6 months of age and above.

    Yes, Millenium is getting more and more expensive. Can’t afford to buy it anymore.

    Here’s the info on Refresh:

    Refresh contains nutrients to complement the natural function of the urinary system, which includes the kidneys, bladder and the urine-transporting ducts and promotes good eyesight (poor eyesight sometimes results from poor liver or kidney function). It feeds the circulatory, gastrointestinal and respiratory systems and enhances the immune system.

    Refresh contains tumor inhibiting properties and reduces the symptoms of cardiovascular blockage. It is very nutritious with a high protein content. It contains a wide spectrum of minerals and vitamins B1, B2 and C. Refresh contains anti-inflammatory properties and promotes visual acuity and health.

    • Improve urinary system health

    • Enhance kidney function

    • Cleanse reproductive system of both men and women, and help to prevent any problems occuring

    • Regulate blood sugar level and blood pressure

  • Barb…. my 2 older girls don’t like Nutrifresh, though it tastes good. Sometimes I give them Refresh. They love Refresh and said that it tastes like ice lemon tea! You can try ACT, it’s good for those with frequent throat infections and enhances the immune system too.

  • Saw it on TV yesterday on “Dr. Oz”…he said if kids are phlegm-y, stay away from milk until it settles. Something abt sensitivity to the milk proteins etc.
    Forgot to mention before and now I can’t find the post abt kids falling asleep in the car on the way home etc. ((no need to post this as it is out of sequence; just info for u). When mine were younger and we were visiting friends etc, I would bring PJs and toothbrushes etc, get them all cleaned up and changed before getting into the car. Once home, and they are usually sound asleep, just plop them onto the bed! I even did this when we were out shopping..used the bathroom at Walmart to clean them up before heading home. My friends also learn this trick and do the exact same thing when they come visit us!

  • Chris… Oh yea, I’ve read that too, that milk will aggravate the phlegm, but I still gave Baby Pediasure coz it’s non-dairy. As for my 2 older gals, I also gave them milk, but diluted and reduced the amount.

    I have a friend who also does that – cleaning her kids up b4 putting them into the car. She did that when we were having a New Year’s Eve party until late at night. But cleaning my kids in shopping centres, err, the toilets at our shopping centres here aren’t as clean and dry as those in Canada. I can’t believe you did that! Haha… good idea!

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I am a WFHM with 3 beautiful girls - Alycia, Sherilyn and Cassandra. I quit the job that I love to stay home with my 3 angels as that's what I've always wanted to do. I am a health freak, fitness freak and a clean freak too. I love to eat and live healthily and I want my kids and hubby to do the same too. Apart from being obsessed with good health, I am obsessed with fashion! I own an online store that sells ladies and kids clothing. Check out my online store at Old & New Stuff For Sale

I always believe that your health is your wealth and if you have good health, that's the best gift you can ever ask for from God.

Do check out my other blogs Health Freak Mommy and Health Freak Mommy’s Journal too!

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