IT’S THAT TIME AGAIN! FALL MEANS BACK TO SCHOOL, COOLER AIR AND MAJESTIC COLOURS...BUT COLD AND FLU SEASON IS LURKING!
Prepare your kids for school and the colder months ahead bychoosing nutritious dietary options and ensuring you all getplenty of rest as the days begin to ramp up again. Getting backinto a routine can be as difficult for your little ones as for you,so try putting your new family schedule in place a couple ofweeks ahead of September!
MEDITATION: NOT JUST FOR GROWNUPS!
Meditation is being recognized as a powerful way tocalm the mind and manage stress - so much so thatit is even being taught in schools! It is particularlyhelpful for kids experiencing the start of school,new classmates and higher expectations as theymove up a grade level. Breathing techniques can helpkids cope with stress all year round - find a free app soyou can share in this practice together!
THE MULTIVITAMIN: A BASIC HEALTH ESSENTIAL
As the season changes and your schedule suddenlybecomes busier, you may find yourself lacking timeto adequately plan healthy, balanced meals despiteyour best efforts. Luckily, multivitamins are likeworkhorses in a pill form! They can provide your kidswith the nutrients they may be lacking and the extrasupport they may need during this transitional period.
PROBIOTICS: A GUT HEALTH ESSENTIAL
Probiotics are purveyors of good gut health, which iscentral to your kids’ overall well-being. Especiallyafter a summer without routine and maybe even alittle overindulgence, fall is the perfect time to gettheir little digestive systems back in tip top shape!Promote their good bacteria by choosing a probioticto support both digestion and immune health.
FERMENTED SUPERFOODS: GUT HEALTH HEROES
Plants are naturally high in fibre and core phytonutrientsfor your kids, but fermenting them takes their benefitsto a whole new level! We know that gut health iscentral to kids’ well-being, and eating fermented foodsadds a wealth of good bacteria to strengthen the gutmicrobiome. Kid-friendly fermented foods include dillpickles and (maybe even) sauerkraut!
OMEGA-3s: A BRAIN HEALTH ESSENTIAL
Omega-3 fatty acids are especially important forkids as they support their brain, eye and nervedevelopment. Naturally high amounts are foundin fish, and it may surprise you that plant-basedsources such as seaweed, walnuts and seeds allhave good amounts of omega-3s as well! Giving kids abalanced combination is key to their overall health.
IMMUNE SUPPORT: A NEW EVERYDAY ESSENTIAL
Nutrients for immune support have become our new,everyday essentials! Even if your kids eat lots ofhealthy food, they can sometimes use a little extraboost from herbs. Echinacea is a well-known and safeherb for supporting the immune systems of your littleones, while certain Chinese herbs, including astragalusand codonopsis, can serve as gentle immune tonics.