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Brrrr it’s cold here in the northeast and I’m sure there are places it is much colder. What with all the media about the flu epidemic there have been a lot of great posts about handling the symptoms with natural remedies without the need for flu shots. The internet has been buzzing with all kinds of tips and remedies this month!

Eat Nutrient Dense Foods in the Cold Weather

This weather gets me in the mood for nutrient dense foods like bone broth, bacon and leek soup and beef liver soup.  The health benefits of bone broth bear repeating.

Have you ever heard of tongue tacos? I think I’ll try them! Oysters are another nutrient food and here is a traditional recipe for oyster stew. I think reindeer stew, a Finnish food, would also qualify as a traditional nutrient dense meal.

New Year Resolutions

Are you thinking about your new year resolutions and how to implement them? Did you know that diet soda actually makes you gain weight? There are other surprising foods that may be making you fat.

Research has shown that a good night’s sleep will help you lose weight! There are other ways to lose weight without dieting as well.  Going vegetarian is really not the answer, as that type of diet involves a lot of carbohydrates and not enough protein — to say nothing about the lack of important animal fats.

You might want to find out how to eat to increase your metabolism. One of the indications of a sluggish metabolism is cold hands and feet. If you have Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) you can read about the best diet for PCOS.

Home Remedies

This time of the year calls for home remedies and natural colds and flu remedies. Being stuck inside, it’s important to consider the indoor air quality that you are breathing all day. If you do get sick, an Epsom salt detox bath can be very soothing.

Other ways to boost the immune system is to eat foods that contain probiotics, like  fermented foods such as easy to make sauerkrautKombucha and kefir are also a very beneficial beverages to have each day.

Another tip is to include exercise in your day.

Most people are not aware that a chiropractic adjustment can improve the functioning of the immune system — just another reason to see a chiropractor.

The acid/alkaline balance in the body also affects the immunity and the ability to ward off pathogens.

If you have asthma or have a child with asthma there was a very good post about how to reverse child asthma.

Homemade Care Products

DIY beauty products and cleaning products are all the rage. I never thought to make homemade bleach, but here is a recipe for it!

Makeup can be soooo toxic! How about making your own translucent powder?

Many people are also choosing to use water washing — washing without any soap or shampoo! I wonder how that is going?

By far possibly the most toxic personal care products are the hair dyes. I would like to try this natural hair dye to see how it works.

What about you? Would you try some of these tips? Leave a comment and let me know!

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  • Sita @ Real Food Suomi January 30, 2013, 2:42 am

    Thank you for the link to my recipe!!

  • Joanna @ ActualOrganics January 30, 2013, 1:26 pm

    Thanks for linking to ‘a good night’s sleep’. I used the natural hair dye (with tea) idea that you posted here and have darkened my hair a little! A handy use for the left over tea in the pot.

  • Jeanie January 30, 2013, 6:38 pm

    Thanks for including my flu shots & translucent powder posts in your January links! I enjoy reading your site, thanks for all the info!

  • Robin January 31, 2013, 1:19 pm

    Thanks for including my natural remedies for cough. I appreciate your letting my use some of your recipes, too. Happy January!

  • Loretta | A Finn In The Kitchen January 31, 2013, 11:20 pm

    Thanks for the homemade bleach link! I’m going to try it.

  • Courtney @ The Polivka Family February 1, 2013, 3:52 am

    Thanks for the link love! 🙂

  • Vanessa Query February 1, 2013, 8:34 am

    Thank you for the link. And your header image for this post is gorgeous…

    • Jill February 1, 2013, 9:04 am

      Hi Vanessa,
      Thanks so much — I agonized over that photo and still want to change it lol!

  • Rebecca - Soap Deli News Blog February 2, 2013, 12:06 pm

    I make my own soaps and laundry detergent. Making my own detergent really saves on money. I also make my own household cleaners that are both effective and frugal. I am really interested in trying that natural bleach recipe!

  • Sheila February 10, 2013, 10:29 pm

    Thanks for linking me up. Loving your lettering for the post. Reminds me a bit of old typewriter keys I keep seeing in crafts. Sassy.