6 Reasons My Family Doesn’t Get Sick! ~ Ashleigh Hitchcock

Via Ashleigh Hitchcock
on Nov 11, 2013
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The Six (Affordable) Things That Keep Our Family Healthy:

We Mix Up a Batch of Happiness Everyday in Our Home

At our house we don’t get sick. We have been healthy for years. What, you may wonder is the recipe for our success?

I’ll let you in on our little secrets:

1. Turmeric.

Turmeric is a common spice used in Indian curries and is easy to find at any grocery store. It’s main component, curcumin, helps the body fight viruses and bacteria. I sneak a little turmeric into everything I cook and feed the kids, so they’re eating it several times a day.

2. Epsom Salt.

We all take Epsom salt baths several times a week. Epsom Salt, otherwise known as magnesium sulfate, is a natural mineral known to boost white blood cell production; it flushes the lactic acid out of muscles and detoxifies the body. We just add a cup of Epsom salt to a hot bath and soak ’til we’re pruney. It can be found, inexpensively, at any grocery store or pharmacy.

3. Garlic.

Garlic has been known for thousands of years to be the elixir of health. Garlic fights toxins and kills bacteria and parasites. I add a clove of minced garlic to most of the dinners I cook. It can be found at any grocery store or is easy to grow in the garden.

4. Fresh Air and Sunshine.

Sunshine can heal most common ailments. It produces endorphins, increases the number of white blood cells and provides life-giving energy to your organs. Being outside in the fresh air invigorates and boosts natural defenses. Fresh air and sunshine are readily available simply by going outdoors. And it’s free!

5. I love you.

We say it and we hear it a lot. And we mean it. Love is the best cure for anything that ails you. At our house we say, “I love you” upon waking, before one of us departs the house, at bedtime and anytime we feel it throughout the day. The genes that control our immune system are enlivened when we feel loved. Love is the most powerful force in the universe!

6. Smiling.

Smiling can relieve stress and boost your immune system. Smiling is relaxing, which helps our immune system work more effectively. Smiling helps us to have a positive outlook. Smiling helps us to feel better throughout our lives. And it can even be contagious.

If you want to be healthy like us, just try some of these affordable tricks.

Hope you’re having a beautiful day!


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About Ashleigh Hitchcock

Ashleigh Hitchcock is a simple girl with a complicated life. She has many jobs and 1000 hobbies; to stay sane, she practices meditation and yoga. Ashleigh's greatest treasures are her friends, loved ones, and pets. When Ashleigh wants to cheer herself up, she smiles at strangers until she finds a really good one. Catch up with Ashleigh on Facebook and Instagram.


15 Responses to “6 Reasons My Family Doesn’t Get Sick! ~ Ashleigh Hitchcock”

  1. guest says:

    you forgot jalapenos and onions!

  2. KHuegel says:

    I think this is a great article with very valid (and charming) points. We discount the impacts of fresh air and sunshine, and of smiling, and of the very simple things nature provides that truly do heal. I am a huge fan of Epsom salts and swear by them for lots of reasons. As a professional massage therapist and massage educator, though, I want to point out a common misconception–that lactic acid is bad for us an must be removed from our systems. It is, in fact, a normal byproduct of cellular metabolism. The idea that it's bad and/or is responsible for things like delayed-onset muscle soreness (DOMS) and poor performance is, unfortunately, still super common, but incorrect. There's been some great research explaining this–a Google search (try, "lactic acid is not bad") will return it relatively easily.

  3. doublezebra says:

    Gotta say, I've been eating a clove of roasted garlic to myself once a week and I have yet to get sick this fall. Highly recommend it.

  4. Deborah says:

    Wonderful advice.. As for turmeric, you can also get it right from the ground in good health food stores, as I have it every morning, either chopped up in my tea (I eat the remnants) or just straight, as it doesn't taste bad at all! In it's natural state, like garlic, it's very potent and has been known to reduce cancer tumors in studies.. I am seldom sick, and I used to log a flight on an airplane, once, sometimes 2 times a week and did not get sick for years, This is still true now.

  5. E.A. Nova says:

    A couple of tea spoons of honey every morning. Thank you for the wonderful article!!

  6. Oh yea, well my family doesn't grow old or die!

    Note that turmeric down-regulates inflammation. Things that reduce inflammation *suppress* the immune response in the body, not amplify it. Which means turmeric is not something you should take when you are sick, but possibly something you should take if you have inflammation problems.

  7. Bobbie Wickline says:

    Hey Duff McDuffee! Your comment provided me with my morning laughter!! Loved it, and I look forward to reading your blog.

  8. Ter says:

    knock on wood

  9. Tara Dactyl says:

    Fantastic! #5 is my favorite! 🙂

  10. Sincere Ella says:

    All things that can't hurt – but personally I'm 'sick' of ppl saying 'I never get sick' – as though those of us who do asked for it! Sorry to say that eventually – your turn(s) will come.

  11. Anissa Roberts says:

    Thank you Ella, I was thinking the same thing. A lot of illness (or the tendency to get sick) is also genetic. Some people have very good genes for staying healthy and some of us don't. And there are other types of healthy and ill – I have an autoimmune disease that is hereditary. None of these is going to reverse that. Just sayin'

  12. elephantjournal says:

    I do believe in genetic predisposition to illness—these are just the tricks we use at our house. I think a lot of it is environmental too. I had strep throat constantly my entire childhood but lived in a house with smokers. I think we all do the best we can to have good health. love,

  13. Lauren says:

    I never flush the toilet with the lid up. Before going into a public restroom with multiple stalls and lots of open toilet flushing going on, I slip on a paper mask I carry for just that purpose or keep my nose and mouth covered with a paper towel the whole time I am in there. I think that moist air, saturated with body wastes is toxic.

  14. It's my belief that childhood exposure to illness can build resistance. I'm 65 years old. Was a lifelong elementary school teacher. Got the flu ONCE: when I got a flu shot in 1973. Have never gotten another flu shot. Never got the flu again. Never get colds. Exposed to 1000s of sniffling little kids.
    As a child, I was chucked outside under-dressed and over-exposed all the time. Certainly never coddled. Certainly neglected.
    Along with that, genetically, I have an advantage. My mother was a preemie, born in 1939 at home at 2 pounds, kept alive in a shoebox in the apartment's gas oven with the door open. She also never gets sick. Currently age 86. 🙂