As I was drafting this post, I received the following from my daughter’s school:
This has been a challenging week to stay healthy: many students and faculty have had to stay home and recuperate from the bugs going around. It’s always important to prioritize one’s health, but especially this time of year. We hope everyone gets the rest, fluids, and care they need to return to 100% soon. The maxim ‘wash your hands’ is ringing loud and clear this week.
The stomach bug has been circling around town, even making a brief stop at my house. Fortunately I was spared. Although, not getting it this time around, probably makes up for the year I was hit twice in one month with different stomach viruses or food poisoning (it’s hard to discern between the two)!
My little daughter was so sick in the middle of the night, with terrible stomach pains and vomiting. As a parent you want to alleviate as much of the discomfort as you can. As she was struggling with her symptoms, she asked me, looking for a concrete answer, “I wash my hands all the time, why did I get a virus?” Sadly, it isn’t possible to completely avoid all illness or immune responses to invaders, even with hand washing– which is a great first line of defense so please keep doing so. However, there are additional natural and common sense approaches than can be taken to alleviate the symptoms and speed up the recovery.
The good news is you don’t have to follow the BRATS (bananas, rice, applesauce, and toast) diet any longer. Even the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), suggests children can eat normally as tolerated. Here are some tips on what you can eat when recovering from the stomach bug (or dreaded food poisoning) while still following the Paleo diet.
It’s that time of year when it seems like everyone is coming down with something — coughs and fevers are spreading all over the city. Besides compulsive hand washing (for 30 seconds with hot water and soap), sleep and nutrition are the two most important factors in maintaining a strong immune system.
Contact me to find out how I can help you and your family minimize the effects of those nasty viruses and stay well through the winter.