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Paleo cold remedies

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Created June 26, 2012 at 4:08 AM

Kids in daycare => lots of colds... What do you all do to ensure a speedy recovery when you get one? Unfortunately, I haven't and don't know how to make bone broth.

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on June 26, 2012
at 04:09 PM

I guess I should add... my kids got the colds but they get over them in a few days without much noticeable discomfort. My problem is that now I have it (and it's especially annoying with a CPAP)!

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on June 26, 2012
at 02:37 PM

@Mike T: Sometimes the blood can give the broth a tinny, metallic flavor that can be odd. I am not bothered by the blood flavor from beef and lamb, but don't like it from chicken. However, it isn't as noticeable if I put enough fresh thyme or sage in the pot.

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on June 26, 2012
at 11:38 AM

Chinese people cook with astragalus all the time.I tried to put it in soups,but I didn't like it.It's really good for immunity though

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on June 26, 2012
at 10:12 AM

Sorry, off topic, but I've always been curious why it's recommended to rinse off the blood? Wouldn't cooking it make the blood safe and wouldn't the blood have nutrients?

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on June 26, 2012
at 05:22 AM

I agree,do not suppress fever or cough.Elderberry syrup works well for immunity and so do probiotics.Linden tea is very pleasant and makes them sweat it out.Also manuka honey is good if they can't sleep because of a cough..As for the broth,all you have to do is boil some chicken for an hour and that's it.The point is to keep them hydrated

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on June 26, 2012
at 04:11 AM

Just keep introducing them to good bugs and let their little immune systems develop naturally. Its just a process they have to go through. Good nutrition, good rest and let nature take its course.

My kids got them for a short time...then they stopped getting them. They have never had an antibiotic or any over the counter crap. IMO part of shortening the cold is to NOT suppress the symptoms.

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on June 26, 2012
at 05:22 AM

I agree,do not suppress fever or cough.Elderberry syrup works well for immunity and so do probiotics.Linden tea is very pleasant and makes them sweat it out.Also manuka honey is good if they can't sleep because of a cough..As for the broth,all you have to do is boil some chicken for an hour and that's it.The point is to keep them hydrated

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on June 26, 2012
at 07:11 AM

Having good vitamin D levels supposedly helps keep viral infections in check for the little ones (and us too).

My naturopath recommends alcohol-free astragalus tincture and Epsom salt baths, both do seem to have helped with colds.

My own personal trick if they seem really miserable is to juice apple, oranges, a bit of beet and a little parsley and mix in a little powdered ginger and canned garlic puree (the processed versions are less sharp tasting than fresh ginger and garlic and more likely to actually be consumed). My son calls it "spicy juice", and it has brought him back from the brink a few times when he got to the point of being really lethargic and grumpy during a cold.

Fd1c5e35538fbe2ea5eccb8acd7ae546

(496)

on June 26, 2012
at 11:38 AM

Chinese people cook with astragalus all the time.I tried to put it in soups,but I didn't like it.It's really good for immunity though

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on June 26, 2012
at 10:08 AM

Not true that they have to be sick to strengthen their immune systems. Enough Vit d3 and mine rarely get sick even when exposed.

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on June 26, 2012
at 10:04 AM

Steam can help alleviate congestion and coughs, making them feel temporarily better, and it helps prevent the cold from turning into secondary infections. Try warm baths in a steamy bathroom; breathing over a bowl of hot water if they're truly miserable; and hot soups. If coughing keeps them from sleep, try adding humidity to their room or putting a warm hot water bottle on their chest to keep the mucous somewhat liquid.

Vitamin D, as suggested above, can make a big difference to the strength of their immune system both in fighting colds off and in recovering quickly from a cold.

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on June 26, 2012
at 09:32 AM

Honey diluted in water like honey tea is good for throat. Raw honey, even better. Honey and apple cider vinegar is good for headaches. I don't get headaches anymore after paleo, but when I do, the honey and ACV helps within thirty minutes. If not, just keep drinking every two hours. Just use two tablespoon of ACV diluted in water (you decide how much), then add honey.

To make bone broth, if you're using bones from things you already cooked, just put the bones in water and cook for at least two hours on medium to low heat. If you're using fresh bones, rinse in cold water and leave in cold distilled water for ten minutes, then rinse out. It gets rid of the blood. Then, dunk those bones into water (fill up to one inch about the bones) and then cook for at least two hours on medium to low heat.

Good things to add with bone broth to make it tastier: A bit of salt Onions Carrots Optional: Green onions Offal meats (sweetbreads are great)

61844af1187e745e09bb394cbd28cf23

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on June 26, 2012
at 02:37 PM

@Mike T: Sometimes the blood can give the broth a tinny, metallic flavor that can be odd. I am not bothered by the blood flavor from beef and lamb, but don't like it from chicken. However, it isn't as noticeable if I put enough fresh thyme or sage in the pot.

Ae8946707ddebf0f0bfbcfc63276d823

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on June 26, 2012
at 10:12 AM

Sorry, off topic, but I've always been curious why it's recommended to rinse off the blood? Wouldn't cooking it make the blood safe and wouldn't the blood have nutrients?

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