3 Back to School Tips to Stay Healthy
Going back to school after summer vacation can be exciting, but also stressful. Kids will encounter more germs and viruses, drastically change their bedtime schedules, and take on many new activities. Here’s a few tips to help your kids enjoy all the good things about the new school year and fight off any potential infections?
Start the day with a balanced breakfast. Include protein, diary and fiber (fresh fruit). Eggs are a great protein source, but if your child doesn’t like eggs a good alternative is oatmeal and nuts. Peanut butter is another great source of protein. Fiber is an important component of every meal. If your child eats enough fiber each day there is a much better chance their gut bacteria will keep them regular. A good, energy filled, breakfast will help your child’s energy level throughout their active day. The essential nutrients they receive will also help them defend against the germs and viruses they may encounter at school.
Probiotics, either from foods like yoghurt or in a probiotic supplement are “good” bacteria that help our digestive system stay healthy. There is a large body of research that shows that probiotics can help us in many ways including strengthen our immune system and helps us fight of disease and infection. For example, a three year study in Finland showed that children receiving daily probiotics suffered from fewer events that required an antibiotic, and when they did need antibiotics they recovered from the infection sooner with fewer complications.
In addition to eating well, keeping clean and getting enough sleep are simple ways toy to fend off illness and infections. All school now have hand washing stations and antiseptic gel dispensers. So, encourage your kids to use them as hand washing is by far the simplest, cheapest and most effective way to stop the spread of harmful bacteria and viruses.
Not getting enough sleep decreases your child’s immune systems illness fighting capability. A strong immune system that stems from a healthy diet, great gut health, and plenty of rest protects us from colds, flu, and other ailments.