Back To School – Giving Kids The Biggest Immunity Boost
With fall quickly approaching and kids going back to school, various sniffles and other bugs will start making their way around the classroom. It is good to know that kids do not have to be pumped full of vaccines and antibiotics to stay healthy. Melanie Waxman recently wrote an article with several suggestions about keeping kids' immunity high year round.
First, give babies the best possible start by breastfeeding. Breastfed babies have a higher immunity than none. If breastfeeding is not possible, Waxman suggests home made brown rice milk instead.
Eating organic is also important. Processed, sugary foods can weaken the immune system. If parents and children are eating too many empty calories, they will receive no nutrition from their food, which can make them more susceptible to illness. Diet also plays an important role in allergies. If kids are experiencing allergies, certain items may need to be eliminated from their diet.
A non-toxic environment (both externally and internally) is also beneficial to children's health. Consider green products for your home furnishings and maintenance. Vaccines and antibiotics should also be avoided if at all possible. As Waxman says, "Antibiotics can seriously weaken a child's immune system and also build up a resistance to the medicine itself. Vaccines may provide immunity for a specific disease but they do not increase overall immunity or create healthier children."
Although physical well-being is important, emotional well-being should not be neglected. Children need affection, a reliable schedule, plenty of time outside, and plenty of sleep.
Dr. Eldon Dahl, ND is the Founder and CEO of Life Choice TM nutraceutical product line www.lifechoice.net.