There is hope that kids will be heading back to school in August, and now is the time to get supplies. As you buy back to school supplies, be sure you include supplies to maintain good health. We all know that kids going back to school can mean colds and other infections that can spread through the entire family, so stock up on supplies now to nurture and nourish your kids.
√ Healthy Foods
Make sure a healthy breakfast is eaten every single day. What makes a healthy breakfast? Think of combinations of protein and complex carbohydrates: Oatmeal with fruit and nuts, eggs with whole-grain toast and jam. If time is an issue, mix up a shake with plain yogurt, fruit and green foods powder, or choose a nutritious fruit and nut bar to eat on the go. And for after school, make sure plenty of healthy snacks are available at home, including apples and nut butter, pita chips and hummus, carrot sticks and cheese sticks. And watch out for excess sugar intake from sweets, soda and juices. Excess sugar can weaken the immune system, making a child more susceptible to infections like cold and flu.
√ Daily Multivitamin
Add a high-quality daily multivitamin. This ensures the basic nutrient requirements needed by growing children are met, especially if there are gaps in the diet. Look for natural formulas that do not contain the artificial colors, flavors or sweeteners that you’ll find in a lot of well-known children’s cartoon vitamins.
√ Healthy Support
For added brain power, consider an Omega-3 DHA formula. Omega-3 fatty acid deficiency has been linked to behavior problems in children, making them an essential part of any nutrition program for children.
To enhance the immune system, add nutrients that support the body’s natural defense systems and protect cells from damage, like vitamin C or elderberry. Probiotics, the beneficial organisms found in yogurt, are also an excellent way to boost immunity and keep bad bugs and viruses in check.