Last week I gave you some great natural cold and flu prevention and therapy tips. This week I’m sharing the best stomach virus prevention tips I have. I don’t know about you, but I’d much rather have a respiratory virus (cold) than a stomach virus. When I have a cold, I still function during the day at a pretty high rate. As long as I get enough sleep and I utilize my natural cold therapies and remedies, I don’t lose too much of my day to being sick.
However, when I am hit with a stomach virus, my entire world comes to a screeching halt. And, because I’d rather not discuss the worst symptoms of a stomach virus, I won’t explain to you why my whole world stops. But you know.
So, I have found that the best way of dealing with a stomach virus and avoiding days on end of laundry and a zombie-like existence is to prevent myself from getting sick in the first place. This was fairly easy until I re-entered the work force last year. Before I became a working mom I could just stay home and avoid the world of germs that is alive and well out there. But now that I must be out there I’ve had to up my prevention game.
My go-to stomach virus prevention remedies are . . . *drum roll* . . . animal fat and gelatin!
That’s right! I eat lots of good saturated fat–butter, cream, whole milk, and others–and I get gelatin in my diet from a couple of sources. The main source of gelatin in my diet is homemade bone broth (from local, pastured chickens, preferably). I also eat snacks made with grass-fed gelatin.
Why do I eat fat to prevent tummy bugs? Well, it seems that eating a diet higher in fat leads to a reduction in the number of gastrointestinal viruses. A study done with children showed that those consuming a diet higher in milk fat were less likely to become victims of acute gastrointestinal illnesses. (source) Another study showed that there are substances in bovine milk lipids that are bactericidal and therefore may prevent gastrointestinal illness associated with certain bacteria. (source)
Why do I eat gelatin to prevent tummy bugs? Gelatin, which occurs naturally in homemade bone broth, binds to toxins (including viruses and bacteria in the gut) and helps to usher them out of the digestive system. It helps to soothe and heal the stomach during and after a bout with a stomach virus if you should succumb. (source)
Let’s get to the good stuff! How can you get more fat and gelatin into your diet? Well, naturally, you can eat full-fat dairy products, consume more coconut oil (which has anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties) and eat animal fats such as bacon drippings, chicken skin and chicken fat.
As for the gelatin, let me help you out with that! I’ve created a huge list of my favorite bone broth and grass-fed gelatin recipes and tutorials. Check them out!