Staying well as the school year begins can present a bit of challenge for both kids and parents. While there is no actual guarantee a child will remain illness free, a well-balanced diet high in nutrition and antioxidants can help boost the immune system response and neutralize the spread of germs.
Studies have shown that children getting their nutrients from antioxidant rich foods such as Superberries Aronia Berry products, fruits, vegetables and vitamins tend to fend off viral infections far better than their peers who aren’t eating properly. Diets rich in antioxidants help boost the immune response thereby fighting off free radicals and assist in maintaining proper health and wellness throughout the school year.
Of course, the path to proper nutrition begins at the start of each day with a good solid breakfast. Whole grain cereals with plain Greek Yogurt, a bit of granola, honey for a sweetener and Frozen Aronia Berries thrown in for a touch of color can help “amp up” the nutritional value of any breakfast. An orange smoothie with a teaspoon of Aronia Berry Concentrate is a nice fun side and ensures a child gets their daily dose of antioxidants and Vitamin C. Children who eat a good breakfast tend to perform much better than those who aren’t beginning their day with a balanced breakfast. In fact, various studies show those that started their day with a nutritious breakfast were more likely to participate in physical activities during the day and maintain a healthy weight overall. Energy levels and attentiveness in class increased along with cognitive ability and understanding. Fatigue levels decreased and immune response rises giving further credence that “breakfast is indeed the most important meal of the day”.
Nutritious after school snacks are also important in maintaining health throughout the school year. Ditch the processed sugars and the fats and concentrate more on the nutrition from nature. The best nutritious, fun snacks are fruits and vegetables, lower fat cheese, nuts, raisins, Superberries Aronia Gummy Chews and Aroniaberry+ Daily Wellness Shots, trail mix, natural granolas with a bit of dark chocolate mixed in or air popped popcorn. The after school-pre dinner snack replenishes a child’s energy levels, boosts nutrient intake and also curtails the desire to overindulge at dinner. The after school snack prepares the child for after school activities and can improve mood in younger children while assisting in giving a boost to the immune response system.
While a good diet is a great cornerstone in fighting off illness and boosting immune response, there are other factors that also play a large role in keeping children well. Many experts agree that children need anywhere from 10-11 hours of sleep each night to bolster immune response and help them function at top levels. The mantra “see no evil, hear no evil, and speak no evil” is also a good rule of thumb in avoiding illnesses. In other words, avoid touching eyes, ears and mouth. Regular physical activity has been shown to boost the immune system as well. Physical activity fends off nasty bugs and assists in maintaining a healthy weight by promoting better health overall. And lastly, the most obvious way to avoid infection is to wash hands with soap and water.
Starting the school year in the prime of health and wellness with a healthy diet supplemented by Superberries and following a few simple tips can help ensure the best immune response for most children and in turn make the rest of the year “elementary”.