It's officially cold and flu season. This year, more than ever, I have received calls from anxious parents concerned about how to prepare their kids.
The immune system is what protects us from outside invaders. Strengthening it is the best way to ensure that we have what it takes to fight off potential and harmful viruses naturally. The immune system is not a single entity but a system that requires balance and harmony for optimal function. Strengthening it is a multifaceted approach. We need to do less of what weakens it and more of what supports and strengthens it.
A large part of our immune system is in our GI tract; what we eat and don't eat is significant in our defences. Eliminating sugar and processed foods will help protect the gut lining, not kill off our gut flora, leach minerals and vitamins from our body, and cause free radical damage. Replacing those foods with fruits, vegetables, and healthy proteins is vital to keeping our guts in harmony and best prepared to attack foreign invaders.
Medicinal herbs are also essential in keeping the immune system's various elements in tip-top shape. Elderberry syrup, astragalus root, and peppermint herb are great plant allies for supporting our immune response, adapting to stressful situations and protecting our respiratory system from viruses. They are safe and effective for kids. Administering the above in a tincture multiple times a day provides a robust Immune system to help us while we go into the cold and flu season.
For optimum immune function for kids, I recommend daily doses of Vitamin C (Ester C Supreme by Sisu), Vitamin D(drops by Genestra), and multivitamin (Whole food fruit and veggies by Juice Plus+).
Diet is critical, but so is lifestyle. Physical activity and adequate sleep are essential. Since stress wreaks havoc on our gut and our immune system overall, we need to support our kids mentally and emotionally. Herbal and Bach Flower remedies can help calm and nourish stressed, sad, overwhelmed, and anxious children.
Questions? I am here to help, even the youngest and most precious.
*Always consult the advice of a Clinical Herbalist, especially when administering medicinal herbs to children.