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Flu Shot Alternative

It’s that time of the year when doctors and the news channels are all pushing flu shots. They say this is going to be the worst year ever. Everyone should get a flu shot.

I have never gotten a flu shot, no one in my household has ever gotten a flu shot and I don’t remember anyone ever getting the flu. I personally have had the flu two times that I can remember. Once in my late teens and again in my adulthood but I don’t remember when, it’s been a while.

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My cold/allergy/flu preventative is my  Super Healthy Tea. Along with some basic healthy living, we are able to build our immune system to stand up against colds, allergies and even the flu. As soon as I start hearing adds for flu shots, I start adding more of this:

Drink plenty of fluids. Water, warm tea, chicken soup and OJ with a little ACV.

Get plenty of rest. 7-8 hours a night is suggested for adults.

A healthy diet. Eating a good variety of mostly raw and real foods with limited processed foods, sugars and very limited fast food if at all.

Exercise. It can be a daily walk, bike ride, tennis…whatever gets us moving and gets our heart rate up a little.

Here are some other natural immune booster remedies I’ve come across:

Simple Homemade- 6 easy ways to boost your immune system this fall

Modern Survival Blog- Natural Remedies to Boost Immune System

The Sprouting Seed- 12 Ways to Boost Your Immune System

Stay warm and stay healthy!

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Honey Botulism

My daughter came home from work today concerned that I might die from botulism. Someone told her honey contains botulism that is a form of food poisoning that can kill you.

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Yes it does and yes it can, but I won’t die from drinking honey in my tea. I am not a doctor and have no medical training. But let me explain what I’ve researched.

I drink a healthy honey-lemon-ginger “tea” almost every morning and have been for a couple of years . It builds up my immune system so I don’t get sick as often. And because I use local raw honey, it also helps build up a resistance to local allergens. I haven’t gotten the flu in years and I haven’t had allergy problems for the past few years. We have huge oak trees in our yard, so allergy season was pretty rough around here for a while.

I was selling jars of the honey with lemon and ginger for a while and always told people not to give it to children under one year of age. Why? Because a babies system is not developed enough to digest the botulism that naturally occurs in honey.

Under the right conditions, Clostridium botulinum releases a toxin into the intestines that is then absorbed into the bloodstream. An infant doesn’t have enough intestinal microflora (good germs) to prevent this from happening. The spores grow and absorb into the bloodstream causing various symptoms including constipation, lethargy and paralysis. There are minimal to no long term side affects if treated. There is a less than 1% fatality rate due usually to respiratory paralysis.

Seek medical attention for your infant right away if your infant has ingested honey.

Information obtained from the CDC, the Mayo Clinic and Wikipedia.

Adults are actually more at risk from improper canning and fermenting foods. Be careful when canning and fermenting. If a food has gone bad, throw out the entire container it’s in. Tie the garbage bag, take the bag out, wash your hands and anything that touched the container and food.

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Good Morning Cereal and Tea

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What a beautiful day.

Did you know you can eat granola as cereal? My daughter eats it every morning over yogurt. My son eats it anyway he can get it. I like it with milk. You can add cold or warm milk to a bowl full of delicious granola of your choice. Just heat up a little milk in a sauce pan and you’re good to go. 

On this beautifully cool morning, I sit with the doors and my Bible open enjoying the weather. I’m also enjoying a warn bowl of granola and a hot cup of healthy honey tea. 

Have a great day!

Simply Delicious Granola

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4 Cups Rolled Oats

1 tsp Cinnamon

1/2 Cup Honey

1/2 Cup Butter

1 tsp Vanilla

1 Cup chopped nuts of choice (here we used walnuts)

1 Cup dried, chopped fruit of choice (here we used raisins)

Directions: Preheat oven to 250*. Line cookie sheet with parchment paper.

Combine oats and cinnamon and set aside. Melt butter and honey in a sauce pan. Remove from heat and add vanilla. Pour liquid over oat mixture and stir to coat well.

Spread evenly on a cookie and bake for 1 hour. Stir at 15 mins and 30 mins. Add fruit and nuts at 45 mins. Turn oven off at 1 hour and let it cool in the oven for 15 mins. Remove from oven and completely cool before putting in an airtight container.