Back to school means a lot more touch points. The germs will await your children, whether on the bus, door knobs, desks, restrooms, or exposure to other people/crowds. Don’t panic. You can do many things from a nutritional standpoint to bulk up your family’s immune system. A great place to begin is by supporting your child’s GI health.
Some background Information:
Your gut is directly tied to your immune function. A significant percentage of your immune system lies in the gastrointestinal tract. Maintaining a healthy gut balances inflammation, aiding in a sturdier immune response. The best place to start to support GI health is by amping up the presence of good gut bacteria. There are many ways to do this via diet and nutrition.
How to improve your immune system through your gut:
- Eat fermented foods such as: sauerkraut, kombucha, kimchi, yogurt, and kefir
- Add a high-quality probiotic such as Seed to your family’s daily routine. They offer supplements for both adults and children.
- Bulk up your family’s fiber intake. Fiber feeds healthy bacteria in the large intestine to ensure they continue growing.
Got A Picky Eater?
Getting your kids to try new things isn’t always the easiest, but we recommend this delicious Protein Yogurt Parfait. It’s definitely a crowd-pleaser that includes a gut-healthy serving of yogurt to support GI health.
These tips and tricks aren’t just for kids; with the seasons changing, ensure you also care for your own gut health.
We know you’ve been preaching hand washing to your kids since they were old enough to handle soap, but these extra nutritional steps will take their immunity to the next level. They will thank you when they don’t catch an elusive cold going around school which would have sidelined them from their after-school sports or, even worse, a friend’s birthday party. More importantly, you will thank yourself when you don’t have a sick kid at home.