[wpdevart_like_box profile_id="" connections="6" width="300" height="550" header="0" locale="en_US"]This month’s theme is “Leave the germs at school”, so I wanted to address how the body trains its immune system to deal with anything we may encounter out in the world. I will also provide you with a bit of information on how to support healthy immune function.
Unborn babies have an immune system which resembles an un-programmed computer in need of instructions. Babies are exposed to mom’s immunity and good bacteria as they vacate the womb through the birthing canal during a normal birthing process. They also get to learn from her life experience through the antibodies she shares in breast milk.
Ever noticed how babies tend to put everything in their mouths? They are partially exploring their environment, but because humans have strongly developed other senses like smell, sight, sound and touch some things could be learned in other ways. I believe that babies are instinctually exposing their immune systems to organisms that will help them develop appropriate immune regulatory actions.
Those who grew up in more sterile environments (and probably those of us that are first-borns!) have more of a tendency for something called atopic immunity. Our immune systems didn’t get much practice so it tends to perceive everything as a threat and overreacts. These are the individuals that tend to develop allergies (air and food borne), asthma and auto-immune conditions.
This is all well and good, but school just started and what you really need to know is how to bolster your kiddos immunity NOW, right?
In general, plain soap and water is best to clean with. You’re not performing open-heart surgery, right? Ensure your little ones know that they should wash their hands after using the restroom. They should lather for about 20 seconds, or going through “Happy Birthday” about twice. When running water is unavailable, using essential oils is best and alcohol-based gels are a good last resort.
Change into “hang-out” clothes when they get home and train them to toss those school clothes right into the laundry bin in the room where you wash rather than where they sleep or the bathroom.
Ensure they are getting plenty of rest/sleep. You know your child best; some need more than others and at differing times of the day. In addition, if your child is experiencing a growth-spurt try to limit their activity as much as you can so that they are able to get the rest they need.
Reduce stress. Kids have their own stress and most definitely pick up on yours. Assess your lifestyle/schedule and do the best you can.
Because I am passionate about nutrition, of course I have to talk about the importance of nutrients! The diet we eat directly impacts our body’s ability to handle any contaminants we encounter. In general, eating a balanced, whole-foods diet is best.
After school recipe: http://foodapparel.com/pepitas-cranberries-chocolate-mix/
The following can support a healthy immune system:
• Whole-foods based diet: reduce/eliminate processed foods (did you make it?); ensure not ingesting reactive foods (most common are dairy, gluten, peanuts, soy); sufficient protein (meat, eggs, nuts/seeds); sufficient produce (lots of organic fruits & veggies!)
• Reduce sugar: reduce/eliminate processed foods and or added sugars (read labels…if it ends in “ose” it’s a sugar)
• Maintain good gut bacteria: probiotics like organic kefir, kombucha or supplements
No problem with kids. Ha! Yeah, right! This is where supplements come in. We literally can’t get all we need from our foods these days, even if you live in Alaska and are providing all of your own foods off of the land. Unfortunately we have degraded our environment to this state.
Luckily, I am offering 50% off of Douglas Lab’s Children’s Daily…IN STOCK; comes in grape or orange flavors. Contains NO yeast, gluten, soy, dairy, corn, sodium, starch, artificial colorings, flavors or preservatives. Normally $21 for a 30 day supply; Now $10.50 + tax!
Get yours NOW to get the best discount! Once I am sold out, it goes down to 25% off…
Will continue special through end of month…25% off of Douglas Lab’s Children’s Daily…ON ORDER. Normally $21 for 30 day supply; Now $15.75 + tax.
Jen’s Nutritional Basics dates/links:
Sept 7th https://www.facebook.com/events/1121687847918598/