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Natural Health from A to Z
Wednesday, August 18, 2010 • Posted August 18, 2010

It is back to school time. While parents are rushing around getting school clothes and supplies, it is also a good time to think about supporting our children’s health (and ours too).

I get lots of questions on how to keep kids healthy. School seems to be a breeding ground for all kinds of coughs, colds and flus. I have some simple remedies I like to use that have worked well for my family. My all time favorite "keep my kid well" remedy is Elderberry Defense. Once we started using it, our son got perfect attendance – he only got a cough or sniffles when we ran out – that was 3 years ago.

Last year with the ‘h1n1’ flu scare, we had many parents try the Elderberry Defense with similar results. It comes in both a capsule form and a chewable form. If you are interested, we will be running a back to school sale on this and other great products.

There are other natural remedies that work well to boost the immune system. I like products such as Defense Plus, a grapefruit seed extract blend with herbs like echinacea and astragalus that support the immune system.

Other immune boosters include colostrum, echinacea, olive leaf, Epicor, oregano oil, nucleotides, probiotics, astragalus and mushroom extracts. Pick what works for you.

Other questions I get at school time are those on attention issues. I take a fairly natural approach on these – I always ask about diet. For ADD and ADHD, one of the worst things to do is to serve a breakfast that is high in sugar and refined white flour with no protein. This creates blood sugar swings that are hard on the body – especially the brain.

Good choices for breakfast include something with protein – like sausage or egg. The protein even if it is eaten with biscuit or toast will stabilize the blood sugar effect of the bread and keep the brain on a more even keel.

Supplement choices to help brain function should start with a good multi-vitamin and a fish oil. I have seen many kids that have done well with a change in breakfast foods plus this kind of basic supplementation. Most just need some really good nutrition. It also helps to cut out the junk food that has too many additives, dyes and preservatives. Drinks sweetened with high fructose corn syrup can be very hard on the brain.

For those that need a little extra help, I like a product called Focus Attention. It works in all ages and comes in both powder and capsule.

Other things that can be done to make your child healthier in the school year is to serve as many good healthy dinners as you can – I think fresh vegetables and fruits are very important along with a balance of meat, beans and healthy grains. Limit sweet drinks – especially those made with high fructose corn syrup. And make sure your child gets plenty of sleep. If it is hard to wake your child up and get them going in the morning, make them go to bed earlier. A well rested child will function much better at school than a tired one. (This goes for adults too.)

I hope you and your families all have a great school year.

Margaret Durst owns The Green House, a vitamin, herb and health food store in Mason, Texas. www.thegreenhouse.myshopify.com

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