Battle Back to School Blues Naturally
Getting back in the groove can be hard this time of year. Long summer days still linger, but early mornings are pressing for both parents and children getting ready for school. This period of transition, in addition to the germs passed around between children in classrooms, can leave the whole family feeling blue.
This year, kick the stress and boost your energy and immunity naturally with these 6 easy tips. Building a stronger immune system with natural supplements and quality whole foods will keep you and your whole family healthier, happier and stronger throughout the year. These creative and kid friendly ideas will help you ensure your whole family stays well, easily!
- Supplement with more than just Vitamin C when you feel a cold coming on. Zinc, Echinacea and Astragalus Root are also great supplements that aid in immune recovery and strength.
- Eat probiotic rich foods. More probitics or “good bacteria” in your body help support better digestion and immune function. Friendly bacteria in your digestive system help you absorb more nutrients and build a stronger, more energetic body. Add probiotics to your diet with good quality yogurts, keifer or naturally fermented foods like sauerkraut.
- Eat less sugar. Sugar has a negative impact on your whole body, especially when ingested in large quantities. Eating less sugar will give your body a well deserved rest, letting it devote more energy to cleansing, staying healthy and generating good, pure energy.
- Eat more greens. Greens are packed with vitamin C, antioxidants, chlorophyll, iron and vitamin A, which are important nutrients that keep your body strong and healthy. The dense nutrients and antioxidants in greens help your body naturally detoxify: getting rid of toxins that compromise your immune system. Get more greens by adding a few leaves of raw kale to a banana berry smoothie, adding wilted greens to kid-friendly pasta dishes or pureeing them into soups or pesto.
- Eat more mushrooms. Mushrooms help your body build strong white blood cells that improve your natural fight against invading bacteria. For picky eaters, add chopped mushrooms to pasta sauces, stir fry, burger patties or soups.
- Add garlic to your daily meals. Garlic is a potent anti-viral and anti fungal food. Add at least a clove of raw garlic to salad dressings, sauces, dips or sauces on a daily basis to keep your immune system strong. For the more adventurous, simply swallow a full (small) clove – this will travel through your entire digestive system and provide immune boosting benefits along the way.