Thrifty and Natural Ways to Get–and Stay–Healthy

Posted on March 23rd, 2012 by Coupon Cathy

Our family has gotten hit by cold and flu season in the last few weeks. Apparently, the flu didn’t really “catch on” until later in the season this year, or so says my daughter’s pediatrician. In any case, it was a good reminder in our household to be doing those things that make for stronger immune systems and quick recoveries. I probably should start by saying that I’m the only one in our home who hasn’t gotten sick. I always hate to admit something like that for fear that once I say/write it, that winning streak could end! 😉 In any case, I say that to say that I KNOW that these two natural approaches work!

Here are two of the things I have been doing regularly since the “outbreak” at our house:

1. Apple Cider Vinegar. I take a couple of tablespoons at least once a day when I feel like I’m fighting something. The acidity of the vinegar does not allow whatever cold/flu bacteria to thrive. So it usually doesn’t take long to feel the difference. I try to take it regularly, even when I’m not fighting something off, because it’s so good for immunity-building. (By the way, I use organic unfiltered apple cider vinegar–usually Bragg’s.)

2. Raw Garlic. This one may sound really ‘hard core.’ But, if you like garlic, you’ll be surprised at how easy (and even tasty) this home remedy is. Garlic is nature’s antibiotic. Only better because it only kills the bad bacteria! Really! It has anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties so that it kills whatever is trying to grow and make you sick. When I first started using garlic, it was hard. I would crush it and then put it into a slice of Ezekial bread with some melted cheese so that I could get it down. (And, it tasted great.) Now, I just put it in whatever I have already cooked. So, if I have some brown rice, I crush some garlic and mix it in. Sometimes I still throw in some cheese just to make it taste even yummier. The other night I put raw crushed garlic in the spaghetti sauce I had prepared for dinner. It tasted great. More importantly, it’s helping my immunity and now my husband’s immunity too (since I’m adding the garlic for him too!)


There are many other things to do: make sure to get out in the sun at least 20 minutes a day to stimulate Vitamin D production (or take vitamin D), take organic extra virgin coconut oil regularly, take probiotics, exercise and get your sleep every night. What else do you do to keep cold and flu season at bay?


  1. Sherri March 23, 2012

    Hi, I loved this post but it brought two questions to mind. First, how do you take the vinegar? Just straight up? Second, I have recently heard a few different stories about how good coconut oil is for you and I am wondering how much you take of that a day? Thanks for this post!

  2. Sarah March 23, 2012

    Hi Sherri! I know people take the vinegar straight… if they can. 😉 As far as coconut oil, I think most try to use it in cooking… but I don’t know as much about the coconut oil as I do apple cider vinegar. Hope that helps a bit!

  3. Lores March 26, 2012

    Sherri, I think what matters is that you take them however you can. I, personally, take the vinegar straight because I don’t mind the taste. I know people who put it in water. As far as the coconut oil, cooking with it is the easiest way. But, because it’s difficult to measure how much of that you actually take, there are other ways to take it. Some people actually take it straight. A couple of tablespoons each day. I did that for a while, but it is very difficult. Now, I mix it in my oatmeal after it is cooked (that way I know how much I’m taking) or use it instead of butter on a slice of toast. It’s much easier to take in ways like that. 🙂

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