Thursday, April 10, 2014

One Year Ago: Allergies

One year ago today my son, Bubbie, was battling allergies. Not just a little sniffle here and there, not just a runny nose....NO he was battling thru tears for no reason, eyes so puffy he could barely see out of them, eye boogers, nose boogers, runny and stuffy nose, sneezing and coughing so much you would have thought a piece of his lung might come up. We went to the doctor almost every week it seemed. They had him on all kinds of allergy meds; eye drops ($100 eye drops that made him scream every time we put them in, "it burns mommy!!!" heart broken), nose spray, liquid meds to take every 6 hrs and an inhaler because he could barely breath at times. I felt so bad for my little man that wanted nothing more than to run and play outside with his friends. Who we signed up for t-ball but had him pumped so full of meds that he could barely enjoy himself thru the daze of it all. 

Needless to say it was a horrible spring last year. We received some relief from the meds and added some homeopathic methods, Hylands and honey; but it was still a very tough battle. My Juice Plus+ sponsor told me the story of her son's asthma and allergies and how he has seen relief from taking JP+. At that time I had already been taking JP+ for a year and was using it sporadically with my children. I don't know why I wasn't more consistent with them? Maybe because I still thought it was a fluke that I was feeling so much better? I was already paying for the product so I decided to go full force with Bubbie taking JP+. Two garden/green gummies and two orchard/red gummies, everyday...along with everything else he was prescribed. It felt like it was too much at times, but we pressed forward and by June he was feeling better and we lightened up on most of the meds but kept up with our JP+. As the year progressed we saw little differences in him here and there; the non vegetable eater was resisting less and tried and loved kale. He didn't seem as sick as he used to be; yes he got the sniffles during the winter but no flu or even missed school days like the year before where he got the flu even though he got a flu shot. Actually we skipped the flu shot for the whole family this year (not consciously just life getting in the way). No flu for anyone. Maybe the Juice Plus+ wasn't a fluke...It wasn't anything I could measure for you, nothing specifically that I could pin point ans say YES this is it. But...

Here we are a year later, just look at him up there! Happy smiling, able to play outside and not feel horrible. We still use Hylands, but on a as needed basis, not everyday just to live. He still has a bit of a stuffy nose, but again nothing like the year before. Are his allergies gone forever? Probably not, but does he feel 100% better than last year, heck ya! We have been doubling up his Juice Plus+ the last few weeks just to be sure we were ready for allergy season (4 of each, no worries about ODing, who can OD on whole fruits and vegetables!?). I hope that maybe next year we wont need allergy meds at all. This is a huge win for us. I was able to sign him up for t-ball again and not worry that he wont be able to enjoy himself. 

It was this little change that we made for him that made a HUGE difference. I only wish I would have listened to my own body sooner. If I was feeling better taking JP+ then of course my kids would be. Luckily the Juice Plus+ company is so committed to getting kids healthy that they have the Children's Health Study where kids (age 4 to college) can get JP+ FREE for four years, with an Adult sponsor!! That is a huge cost savings to our family, but more than that it is an amazing commitment to our kids health and well being. 

This is our story with Juice Plus+ and while I was probably the most skeptical person in the beginning I can see now how much JP+ has changed our family's health and lifestyle. Not everyone may have the same results as us, but this is working for us so "if it aint broke don't fix it"...we will continue on our JP+ journey!

Do you have allergies?

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