I got quite a response from my last post, so I decided to write this one and give a little more detail about my daily regimen. Due to the nature of this post, I feel like I need to have some sort of disclaimer, so here goes:
This is not intended to be a substitute for medical advice or treatment. I am not a doctor. I do these things because I feel like they benefit me, personally. That is not to say that they would necessarily benefit you in the same way. Even the most natural remedies straight from God's green earth can have potentially harmful side effects. I firmly believe that you should thoroughly research and/or consult your doctor before trying anything new. I also think that compliance with your doctors--medications, treatments, etc-- is absolutely vital.
That being said, here is a list of some of the things I've been taking (along with all my prescribed medications, of course):
Garlic: The reputed benefits of garlic are endless: preventing the common cold, treating acne, lowering high cholesterol levels, repelling mosquitoes (and vampires, of course), improving general cardiovascular health, etc. Garlic is also said to be a natural antibiotic, immune system booster and decongestant. I take the odorless capsules to avoid garlic breath, but that's not to say that I don't enjoy the occasional garlicky meal...Mmm. I also use garlic for ear infections which both Morgan and I are very prone to.
Elderberry: Elderberry is said to have many of the same health benefits as garlic. It's full of antioxidants which makes it a great immune system booster. Where garlic is an acclaimed anti-bacterial, elderberry is also said to have the ability to disable cold and flu viruses.
Apple Cider Vinegar: ACV is claimed to be helpful in ailments such as sore throats, headaches, arthritis, weak bones, indigestion, high cholesterol, diarrhea or constipation, eczema, chronic fatigue, mild food poisoning, sinus infections, high blood pressure, obesity and the list goes on (and on and on...seriously, google it.) It's also said to be a great aid in alkalizing the body, if you're into the whole acid vs alkaline thing. I take 1-2 tbsp daily, either in water or just straight. (I actually like the taste, but it's definitely not for everybody.) For maximum health benefits, it's recommended that you get organic, un-distilled ACV with "mother".
Acidophilus: With stomach issues from the get-go and antibiotics constantly messing with gut flora, a girl can always use a good pro-biotic!
Raw Honey: Local honey can be very helpful if you have allergies, which is the main reason I eat it by the spoonful. To read about other health benefits of honey, please read my friend Somer's great blog post.
Emergen-C: Okay, so I realize it's not natural, but it's still good stuff. I generally try to drink a packet a day, but if I start feeling run-down I'll drink two.
Vitamins and Other Supplements: I take prenatal vitamins every day. I think they're a great supplement for any woman, whether or not you fit the typical demographic (are pregnant, planning on becoming pregnant or recently had a child). I have a friend whose OB told her that he strongly recommends prenatal vitamins over other women's one-a-day supplements. They are full of wonderful vitamins and plenty of folic acid. Along with prenatals, I also take vitamins C, D, E and an iron supplement. Thanks to the advice of a friend, I did some research on magnesium and will start taking a magnesium supplement promptly. If you want some more info on magnesium in relation to CF, click here. (Thanks again, Cindy!)
If you have any more questions, thoughts, or other suggestions, please feel free to contact me!