It's that time of year! The kids are back to school, and many of your children as well as you have already come down with the cold or whatever is going around in your child's class. I came across this article by Wellness Mama all about Back to School Health for Kids, and I wanted to share it with you! I have highlighted some of her tips for a healthy, minimal sick days school year.
*DIET: First and always foremost, a healthy diet is a huge immune system booster. Unhealthy foods, particularly sugar, cause inflammation and lowered ability to fight off infection. Make sure your child is getting plenty of healthy proteins like eggs, grass fed beef, and wild caught fish, fats like grass-fed butter, avocado and coconut oil, and colorful veggies. Foods that will absolutely kill your child's immune system? Sugar, breads, pastas, pastries and other similar carbs, and dairy products.
*EXERCISE: Wellness Mama has some great ideas for getting your kids off their tablets, phones, and whatever else and being physically active, such as nerf gun fights and dance parties.
*BEING OUTSIDE: Believe it or not, much of the beneficial bacteria in our children's systems comes from playing in the dirt. The sun is also a huge immune system booster. Even though we might not want to venture outside in the winter, make it a point to get out there, perhaps to ice skate, sled, or go on a winter hike.
*SLEEP: Get your kid into a consistent and early bedtime routine. Find ways to help them wind down before bed, such as reading, drinking calming herbal tea, using essential oils, playing a sound machine, and more. Try to avoid night lights as complete darkness is best for natural melatonin production.
*SUPPLEMENTS AND HERBS: Many supplements support immune system, including echinacea, elderberry, vitamin A-C, zinc, vitamin D, and more. We carry wonderful immune system supports by Standard Process Inc. such as Immuplex (whole food multi with immune system focus) and Congaplex (at the first signs of infection).
Wellness Mama has some EXCELLENT resources available in this article. It is most definitely worth a read, for your child's health but also your own! Read the full article by clicking the link!