It's August, and for many families it's time to think about getting Back to School for the kids. There's the school supplies, registration, clothes, backpacks and more, but are you thinking about their health as well? I'm sure you've experienced it. The kids are back in the classroom, and just as they get settled, someone is coming home with a fever, or stuffy nose, cough or worse.
I'm here to tell you that you can get ahead of this.
Start by using natural supplements to build their immune system. Your kids needs VITAMINS just as much as you do, if not more.
Pediatricians recommend a daily multiple vitamin and mineral supplement for children who may not eat regular, well-balanced meals with lots of fresh, whole foods; picky eaters; children with high activity levels; children who eat a lot of fast food and processed foods; and children who eat dairy-free or other restricted diets. A multiple vitamin and mineral supplement is also recommended for children who may drink a lot of carbonated sodas, which can leach nutrients from the body.
In my household, we use Sunshine Heroes Multi-Vitamin and Mineral, so they get the essential vitamins they need. Also, Elderberry immune which is specially formulated for children. Historically, elderberries, astragulus root, reishi and maitake mushrooms have been used to support the immune system. In addition, recent studies have shown the importance of Vitamin D, Vitamin C, and Zinc supplementation in the maintenance of a healthy immune system response. One other item I make sure to include is a probiotic. Studies show that a healthy intestinal bacterial colonization may reduce the risk of food allergies in infants. Researchers have also found that probiotics aid digestion. Each chewable tablet of Sunshine Heroes Probiotic Power contains 1 billion friendly cultures from 11 strains of probiotics.
Another key component to keeping kids healthy is SLEEP. Get the kids to bed at a decent time and make sure they have at least 7 - 9 hours of solid sleep. One way to do this is to remove electronics from the bedroom. In my household, phones do not make their way into the bedroom at night. They are left in the kitchen overnight to charge up. Have them read a book, or talk to your kids before turning out the lights for the night.
Finally, make sure they drink plenty of WATER, and get a decent amount of FRUITS and VEGETABLES throughout the day. Pack some simple snacks like carrot sticks and hummus, an apple, or a hard boiled egg. Making a salad or sandwich at home vs. eating at the school eliminates a lot of sodium, preservatives and other additives that can come from processed foods.
Start this process from the first day of school, and it will become a healthy habit your kids will start doing naturally on their own.