It’s that time of year again. The sounds of coughing and sneezing can be heard in
every public place. Airplanes. Libraries. Malls. Grocery Stores. Work places. More and more
people start calling out sick and our children usually catch the brunt of it. Is there any possible
way to boost our immune systems and avoid some of this season’s sickies? Below are several
strategies to attain overall wellness for you and your family as the winter approaches.
- Sleep. This is an area in which we can all probably improve. However, the
benefits of ample rest are astronomical. While I realize my audience is
mostly moms of youngish children, this could be a comical goal. Trying
your best to attain 7-9 hours a night can reduce sickness and build your
- Washing your hands. This task can also prove to be difficult when trying
to get everyone in the household to become a committed washer-of-the-
hands but this small trick goes a long way. When leaving public places
especially, wash, wash, wash those hands (and even in between the
- A healthy diet containing foods with vitamins and antioxidants.
Examples include: peppers and citrus (Vitamin A). Blueberries
(antioxidants). Green tea (catechin). Mushrooms (vitamin D). Almonds
(Vitamin C). Cruciferous veggies (Vitamin A, C & E).
- Probiotic. Repairing your gut is your gateway to health, as nearly 80% of
your immune system is located in your gut. Multi-strain probiotic
containing at least 25 billion units is optimal. This will keep your levels of
good gut bacteria up to help fight off infections.
- Elderberry Syrup. The dried berries of the Sambucus Nigra plant are
naturally high in immune boosting compounds that are specifically shown
to help beat off winter sicknesses more quickly. Boiling down and making
a simple syrup can aide in boosting your immune system. (See previous
blog for recipe)
- Garlic. Eating this has been used for hundreds of years as both a food
ingredient and a medicine. Some benefits of garlic are reduced heart
disease, improved mental health and enhanced immune function. Whole
garlic contains a compound called alliin. This compound has been shown
to boost the disease-fighting response of some type of white blood cells
when they encounter viruses, such as the ones of the common cold and
- Vitamin D. Getting outside and soaking in the rays can be a bit of a challenge during those colder months. During the winter, the recommendation is to get 1,000 IUs per day. Some can come from food sources (think fish, cheese and fortified foods) but it would be very difficult to get all of it through food. Taking a supplement boosts immunity and wards off sickness.
When winter sickness strikes, it can truly take a toll on the entire family. Hopefully these simple tricks will aide in optimal wellness this season.
Fall in Baltimore is here! Summer has officially bid its farewell for the year. Around the Baltimore
area, Fall has wowed us with the events and festivities and outdoor activities it has to offer.
Below are several Baltimore-based events that will guarantee a good time for all ages!
- Fells Point Fun Festival: Oct 3-5. Free Admission.
Live music, local artistry and many vendors come to Fells Point to celebrate Fall. Four stages with live entertainment and there is even a Kid’s Zone. All events are centered around Thames Street. Fellspointfest.com
- Pigtown Festival. Oct. 11. Free Admission.
Local Bands. Yummy Food. RACING PIGS. This year will even have aerial acts, strolling entertainment and even carnival games for the little ones.
- Baltimore Running Festival: Oct. 16-18. Price varies based on registration.
Calling all runners and spectators of all ages and ability levels. This event is for you. Distances range from the full marathon for all the brave souls out there and also a kids fun run! If running isn’t your cup of tea, find a spot along the route and cheer on friends and neighbors! The marathon starts at 8 a.m. on Oct. 18. Thebaltimoremarathon.com
- Harbor Harvest Children’s Festival. Oct. 19. Free/ Inexpensive activities.
The whole family will enjoy pumpkin patches, a petting zoo, hay maze, more live music and delicious treats. Join us for our 7 th annual festival in the city. Waterfrontpartnership.org
- ZooBOOOO at the Maryland Zoo. Oct. 24-26. General Zoo Admission.
Kids are guaranteed a good scream at this Halloween celebration. Costumes are not required but encouraged for the daily contests. Trick-r-Treating.Crafts. Carnival Games. Food. Watch magic tricks or sing and dance along with many musical performers. Marylandzoo.org
- Great Halloween Lantern Parade and Festival. Oct. 25. Most activities free.
Creative Alliance has once again wowed us with their annual event that showcases over 1000 colorful lanterns made by the neighbors and friends of East Baltimore. Festivities start at 3:30 at Patterson Park. Food trucks, lantern workshops, hayrides, crafts, vendors, live bands, and a costume contest for kid’s will all be present. But at 7 is when the real treat begins. Floats, stilt walkers, dancers, and neighbors walk the parade into the Annex Park on Eastern Avenue. Creativealliance.org
- Festival of Trees. Nov. 28-30. $13 for adults. $7 for kids/seniors.
Kennedy Krieger’s annual fundraiser is the perfect place to get that holiday spirit brewing. Support a great organization as you walk around a “fairyland forest,” gingerbread towns and toy train gardens. festivaloftrees.kennedykrieger.org
“Love the trees until their leaves fall off, then encourage them to try again next year.” –Chad Sugg