It’s Labor Day today and thoughts for many parents are turning to the start of school tomorrow. My own children have already started back to school but this week will be more of an official return with a regular schedule. The start of school seems to come with sickness. There are many reasons for this but as parents we can take precautions for our children and our own health to make sure that they stay as healthy as possible. I have listed a few issues below and then have given you some options for combating your risk.
1. Vaccinations – This is the season where parents rush their children to doctors to get their vaccines updated after receiving the warning from their school that they must be in compliance because of the law (It’s not - check your state). If you are a parent who does not vaccinate, don’t skip on to the next item. This applies to you too. For those who do choose to vaccinate I implore you to do your research. I have written several blogs on this topic. Recently researchers for both the MMR and Gardasil have come out to expose that these vaccines were total frauds from the start. But that’s beside the point. Vaccines cause something called “shedding” exposing all who are around them. This is worse for flu vaccines like the ones that are inhaled through the nasal cavity. Live virus vaccinations pose the most risk. To read further on this topic you can the Inside Vaccines Website.
2. Lack of Sleep – This is a big problem for our house. With a tween and a teen, they believe they no longer need to get to bed on time. It’s very difficult to get them to wind down and release the electronic devices.
3. Germs – Let’s face it, children are not the cleanest creatures around. They touch everything, put their fingers in their noses and mouths, sneeze and cough and the joy is shared on door knobs, light switches, handles, books and more. Schools and buses are a germ fest and many have added hand sanitizers to their classrooms hoping to combat the exposure. While this is great in theory, these sanitizers contain a known carcinogen called Triclosan. All of these antibacterials are creating a breed of super bugs which is not good. Our immune system can take care of the natural exposure when we have the right elements “on board” in our body.
4. Sports - Sports are great for getting exercise but they can also be a stress on the body. Daily practices stress the adrenal glands which is part of our immune system. With sports children are faced with away games that bring them back to school at late hours causing them to spend time when they should be sleeping, doing their homework. Again, the loss of sleep.
5. Loss of Sun – As the summer winds down, we are exposed to less and less sun. With the invention of electronic devices, most of us find ourselves spending time inside and not in the sun. So our summer reserves that would have built up our Vit D3 levels are lower to start the fall season. The sun has been demonized as a component in skin cancer. That lie one of the biggest reasons why we are so sick all the time. Vitamin D! We need it for our immune system to function correctly.
6. Poor Nutrition – Children don’t always eat the best foods. They crave things high in refined carbs and sugars. Ingesting one can of soda can diminish the immune system for up to 36 hours. How much more sugar does the average child consume? They need good, real food full of nutrition and enzymes to boost their natural immune system.
So what can you do to help your family?
Healthy hand sanitizer - This hand sanitizer contains the key antimicrobial/ antibacterial / antiviral ingredient of Thieves oil. This combination was used by the European thieves during the black plague. Imagine how effective it will be against germs passed among children.
Young Living Essential Oil – Thieves Hand Sanitizer
Vitamin C – Available in Buffered C powder (Vit C, Mg, K and Ca) or Ascorbic Acid Tablets. Vitamin C has been the “Go To” for most people when they get sick but it is also important in illness prevention.
We keep these products in our health
cabinet at all times
Young Living Essential Oil
Thieves Essential Oil (germs)
Di-Gize (stomach issues)
R.C. – (respiratory issues)
Sambucol - this is an amazing product that contains elderberry extract that can penetrate the walls of the virus to allow the body to kill it off. We take this at the first sign of any kind of illness.
Oscillococcinum – This product is a homeopathic product. The little pellets can be placed on your child’s tongue. They taste like the candy sprinkles on cupcakes and cookies. A coupon can be obtained for $1.00 off on their website. Taken at the first sign of illness it can be effective in knocking out illness in just a few hours.
Sleep – If your child has trouble winding down and going to sleep try removing electronics 1-2 hours before they need to go to sleep. My daughter suffered from terrible sleep issues for several years. You can read what we did in my previous blog post. There is also an essential oil product called RutaVaLa which comes in a wonderful roll on that is easy for children to use themselves.
Nutrition – One of the most important things you can do for your children is to feed them real whole foods.
Breakfast – Oatmeal bakes, French Toast with free range eggs, Scrambled or Fried Eggs, Egg Casseroles, Smoothies with fruits and greens and whey protein powder.
Lunches – I have seen very few school lunch programs that offer real food high in nutritional value. Most of it is over cooked and full of chemical preservatives. Instead pack a lunch for your child and give them real foods. Nitrate free meats, sprouted grain wraps, veggies, hummas, fresh salsa, organic cheeses, nuts, nut butters and fresh fruits.
Dinner – Crock pot and freeze ahead make at home meals can offer good options for dinner. Free range chickens, Grass Fed Beef, Organic sauces and steamed veggies and fresh fruit.
I hear groaning as I read this last section. I get it. Many of us are busy. But if you eat junk food you will feel less energetic, not sleep well and will probably get sick more often. You must decide that you and your family are worth it. I enjoyed sleeping in this past summer but now that my 7th grader and Freshman return to school, I am back up at 5:45 am so that I can enjoy my coffee in peace for 15 minutes before anyone else is up. At 6:00 am I enter the kitchen to pack my children’s lunches and begin to cook a nourishing breakfast for them to eat when they get up just after 6:30 am. Between 5:45 am and 7:30 am when I take my children to school I have coffee, pack lunches, make breakfast, and shower with plenty of energy to spare.
To me it is worth it to invest in my children’s health as they grow so that they have the best opportunity to have an abundant life free of disease and struggles. It also establishes healthy habits for them. My hope is that they will carry it forward when they have families of their own.