Boost Your Immune System

Boost Your Immune System

Boost Your Immune System

by Audrey Christie, MSN, RN, Holistic Wellness Practitioner

It’s time to head back to school! Does your family historically catch every single bug and virus that hits the classroom? Not to worry, it doesn’t have to be that way. You can start to boost and maintain your immune system right now with a few simple tips:

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1. Get plenty of sleep. Kids need sleep and lots of it. In fact, their immune system depends on it. Age can be a factor with the amount of sleep required, but somewhere between 8-12 hours of sleep every single night is key. So, if your little one needs to get up at 6 a.m., you can do the math to count backward as to what bedtime should be.

 

 

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2. Stress Management. Stress is the second biggest factor in immune response. I bet you thought I would list handwashing. Nope! While it is important to avoid stress, it is much easier to give your kids a toolbox to use to mitigate the stress that occurs. I recommend apps like Headspace for Kids with great meditation techniques kids as young as 5 can partake in. Other options might be journaling or mindful movement practices depending on the age.

 

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3. Get rid of the multivitamin.
Yep, throw it away. It is much more beneficial for your kids’ immune system and overall wellness to focus on different categories of supplement such as omega 3s, probiotics, and Vitamin D. You will
find these at your local health stores, and not likely in the same supplement – they range from liquid to chewable to capsule. They are much more important for your immune system and overall wellness than a daily multivitamin.

With these tips in hand, you will be able to avoid catching every cold that comes around and enjoy a healthy and well back-to-school season.

 

 


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