This is something that I knew nothing about before knowing Peter and his family. I honestly thought he was joking or something when he suggested taking charcoal. I believe I joked back, "Like scrape some off of the grill?" He then proceeded to explain that it's in capsules and you can buy it at the store or get a kit and make it yourself. Okay then, I had been schooled! =)
We currently buy the capsules and take them whenever there are digestive things going on. Charcoal acts like a cleanse to clean out your gut. It is a wonderful tool for sickness and a poison antidote. You would probably be surprised to know that it is used in water filters and air purifiers. It's a wonderful detox and so that's how we use it. I have heard of people using it to whiten their teeth but have never tried it myself (maybe another blog post?). =) If you go buy it from the store make sure that it says ACTIVATED charcoal.
I have heard wonderful things about this brand and I love that it's a powder so it's easier to give to children.
It's on my list of things to purchase next. =)
Usually when we are sick I make a wellness soup from homemade chicken stock (or turkey stock is fine!). I had not thought of making one for a stomach bug until I was talking with my friend, Grace, and she told me about a soup she was making for her family (who also had the bug). Homemade stock is incredibly helpful for your body when you are fighting something - I call it liquid gold. =) I make my stock by simmering the carcass along with veggies (onion, carrots, celery etc). Once it's done simmering, I take out the bones and blend everything up so that you still have all the veggies and some meat in it. I freeze it in bags so that I can quickly pull some out whenever we need it. This serves as my base for every wellness soup I have ever made. Typically I don't follow a recipe but fill the stock full of fresh veggies (kale, spinach, broccoli etc) and garlic. I will often blend up Simon's so that he gets the veggies in more of a broth like substance. This time, I tried using fresh ginger, lemon and roasted garlic. My version didn't taste the greatest but I knew it had a lot of nutrients. If i had followed a recipe I'm sure it would have been better. =) Here is the recipe that inspired it:
Grace's Wellness Soup: left over whole chicken carcass boiled then simmered 4-8 hrs with onions, garlic, celery, oregano, thyme, parsley...then strain broth, separate meat and add to broth, return to stove to cook on low. Chop: 6 carrots, 6 celery, bunch of kale, garlic, onion, broccoli, mushrooms then add to soup pot. Add star anise, ginger, lemon, 2 tablespoons miso paste, 1 cup wild rice (optional). Cook 1-2 hrs on low. Remove star anise. Serve, eat, enjoy!
Hope this answers all the questions. Stay well everyone!