As the back-to-school season unfolds, many parents might wonder: “How can I ensure my kiddo stays as healthy as possible this year?” While a balanced diet stands as the gold standard for a sturdy immune system, let’s be real — convincing our kids to consistently eat well can feel like an uphill battle. That’s where the right supplements come into play, potentially cutting down the number of sick days. In this article, we’ll uncover immune-boosting supplements and ingredients to arm your little scholar for the demands of the upcoming school year.
Why Supplements Matter
Children are more susceptible to infections due to their still-developing immune systems and frequent exposure to germs in school environments. Providing them with immune-boosting supplements can be a proactive way to enhance their natural defenses. Here are some key products that can play a vital role in supporting your child’s immune health, as recommended by our Board Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Jana Roso, MSN, RN, CPNP:
Elderberry, scientifically known as sambucus, has long been long recognized for its antioxidant power and immune-boosting properties. The Energetix Core Elderberry Blend combines the goodness of elderberry with other herbs like goldenseal and hyssop. These powerful ingredients work together to ward off infection and support respiratory function, ensuring that those little lungs breathe easier.
Proven to support heart, brain, and immune health, Omega-3 fatty acids are like the multitaskers of the nutrient world. The Nordic Naturals ProOmega 2000 Jr Softgels provide a concentrated dose of omega-3s in a form that’s readily absorbed by children’s bodies. These essential fatty acids play a crucial role in modulating the immune response and reducing inflammation, making them especially helpful when flu season strikes.
A well-rounded multivitamin is a cornerstone of a child’s health regimen. The NeuroNutrients Multivitamin is designed to optimize antioxidant intake, immune function, and brain health. Packed with easily absorbable and methylated ingredients, this full-spectrum formula ensures that your child receives essential vitamins and minerals needed for a strong immune system and overall vitality.
Vitamin D3 and K2 are a dynamic duo when it comes to maintaining bone, dental, and cardiovascular health. The Energetix D3 K2 Liposomal Spray combines these fat-soluble vitamins to regulate calcium absorption and distribution in the body. The addition of coconut oil in the formulation enhances the absorption of these vitamins, ensuring your child reaps the full benefits of these nutrients. This is especially important during growth phases.
Homeopathic remedies can offer gentle relief from cold symptoms without the use of harsh chemicals. The Boiron Cold Calm Tabs are designed to temporarily alleviate common cold symptoms such as sneezing, runny nose, nasal congestion, and minor sore throat. This natural approach can be especially helpful during the school year, helping your child feel better faster and stay focused on their studies.
Incorporating Immune-Boosting Supplements into Your Child’s Routine
These immune-boosting supplements, though potent allies, should complement a healthy diet of whole foods, not replace one. Encourage your child to consume a variety of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and healthy fats to ensure they receive a wide range of nutrients. We know this can be easier said than done, so here are a few tips tips for successfully integrating supplements into your kiddo’s routine, without the fuss:
- Chat with an expert: Before starting any new supplement regimen for your child, it’s advisable to consult with a healthcare professional. They can assess your child’s individual needs and recommend appropriate dosages.
- Kid-Friendly Forms for the Win: Look for supplements that are specifically formulated for children. Softgels, chewable tablets, and liquid forms can be more appealing and easier for kids to take.
- Consistency is Key: Make it a fun daily ritual. Whether it’s taking them with breakfast or as an after school treat, consistency is key to reaping the benefits.
- Be the Role Model: When kids see their superheroes (yes, that’s you) prioritize health, they’re more likely to follow suit and adopt healthy habits for themselves.
- Keep a Watchful Eye: Monitor your child’s response and share any adverse reactions or improvements in their health with your healthcare provider.
Wrapping it Up
Heading back to school is exciting, and ensuring your child’s immune system is in tip-top shape makes it even better. By balancing a nutritious, whole-food diet with immune-boosting supplements like the Energetix Core Elderberry Blend, Nordic Naturals ProOmega 2000 Jr Softgels, NeuroNutrients Multivitamin, Energetix D3 K2 Liposomal Spray, and Boiron Cold Calm Tabs, you’ll enhance their resistance to infection. With fewer trips to the doctor, you’re setting the stage for a year filled with learning, laughter, and good health. Ready to make this school year the healthiest one yet? Dive deeper into our product range and let’s prioritize wellness together.
Meet the Provider
Jana Roso, MSN, RN, CPNP
Board Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
Jana obtained her Baccalaureate degree in Human Development and Family Sciences from the University of Texas at Austin. She then went on to obtain her nursing degree from UT Austin and shortly after began working as a pediatric hematology and oncology acute care registered nurse at Dell Children’s Medical Center. Finally, she returned to UT to obtain her master’s degree in nursing with a pediatric nurse practitioner focus.
Jana is board certified as a pediatric nurse practitioner from the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board. After working many years in a primary care setting, her love for nutrition and health led her down the functional medicine path. She helped open and own Neuronutrition Associates for many years and co-wrote and published a book on a functional medicine approach to treating autism, as well! Jana is a fellow through the Medical Academy of Pediatric Special Needs and was trained through the Institute for Functional Medicine.
Jana is passionate about providing holistic healthcare to children with chronic maladies through an integrative and functional medical approach. She has a love for children with chronic complex issues- specifically autism, PANDAS/PANS, and learning challenges. She aims to bring more healing modalities to her patients while at Alive and Well.