It’s that time of year again….back to school!
While kids may frown at the thought, most parents are smiling that it is time to get the kids back to school and on some sort of routine again. As parents, we know this time comes with a lot of preparation, including getting school gear, school supplies, etc.; however, it is also time to take measures to ensure the health of your kids’ immune system. Going back into the classroom exposes kids to a plethora of challenges lurking around. So, while you start packing healthy lunches, it is important to consider some key nutrients to help keep your child’s immune system healthy!
Offering kids healthy, whole foods is the first line of defense to nourish them, and helps keep a well-functioning immune system going strong. Whenever possible, try incorporating extra veggies and fruits into their meals and snacks to provide some powerhouse antioxidant nutrients for good health.
Since kids can be picky eaters, they may need some additional help to meet their daily nutrient requirements.
One super nutrient garnering significant attention this year to help support kids’ immune health is vitamin D. Yes, the “sunshine” vitamin does wonders for our health from our youth through our elder years. Unfortunately, kids are not getting enough of this essential vitamin. Not only is vitamin D essential for healthy bones, it helps support a healthy immune system.
The American Academy of Pediatrics now recommends 400 IU of vitamin D for all infants, children and adolescents. In their report, they discussed the rising rate of vitamin D deficiency among infants, children and adolescents and the potential risks of low vitamin D status including rickets (the softening of the bones) and negative effects on heart and immune health.* With this in mind, it is important to ensure your child receives an adequate amount of vitamin D daily, for overall good health and a healthy immune system.
One serving of Shakeology contains 200 IU of Vitamin D. Make it with fat-free milk and you’re well on your way. Shakeology also has dozens and dozens of other important nutrients, probiotics, digestive enzymes, fiber, and more. It’s a great way to start the day or for an after-school snack. Think of it as much more than a multivitamin in a glass. And it’s low in sugar. What kid wouldn’t want a tasty chocolate shake as a fun and easy way to make sure they’re meeting their daily Vitamin D requirements?
*Wagner CL & Greer FR. “Prevention of Rickets and Vitamin D Deficiency in Infants Children, and Adolescents.” Pediatrics 2008; 122:1142-1152.