As I sit in Johannes’ room typing out this blog post and watching Johnannes playing with his trains set quietly I’m thinking a lot about his Periodic Fever diagnosis. I was pretty devastated when I found out that what we thought was normal childhood colds, in fact weren’t. And more than anything I was upset hearing that unfortunately no cure exists for this condition. I moped around for several days, and then I did what most of us moms do. I picked myself up, researched his condition and came up with a plan.
The plan is rather simple: strengthen Johannes’ immune system while also fueling his body with nutritious anti-inflammatory foods. I cut down sugar drastically. I squeeze in oatmeal, chia seeds, hemp seeds and flax seeds wherever I can. I started juicing every couple of days and giving Johannes, and ourselves fresh juice in the morning and the evening. I also put Johannes on a daily mixture of vitamins and minerals: vitamin C, D, zinc (not daily), Omega3 and Sain. And finally I give Johannes probiotics every day as well.
I can’t really say for sure that my approach is helping at all, but I do know that instead of having an episode every other week, the last one came after three weeks. Maybe its all a coincidence, but it doesn’t hurt to try and improve his immune system regardless.
His favorite juice is red “apple” juice. I put it in quotation marks because the juice is actually made up of mainly veggies but I do add apples for sweetens. A few of you asked for the recipe on Instagram so here goes:
(makes approximately 2-3L)
9 red apples
3 large beets
3 celery stalks
2lbs of spinach
1 pineapple (not necessary but if you want to make it sweeter)
2cm chunk of ginger
3 tsp turmeric (to add at the end)
I juice it all together, take out the excess pulp with a strainer (Johannes doesn’t like the “apple” bits), mix in the turmeric and refrigerate it. I only make enough to last 48 hours max, then I make more. Sometimes I leave out the beets and add Kale, then I call it GREEN “apple juice” from green apples of course.
That’s it. Oh and I use a Hurom slow juicer. Its more of a press.