Helping your child maintain a robust immune system is important year-round but especially so in winter when colds and flu viruses are more prevalent. Feeding them healthy whole foods is the first line of defense for a strong immune system but supplements can be very helpful as well. Here are Crystal’s top picks for immune boosting products. Crystal is our Wellness Department manager and a mom herself.
Probiotics – Garden of Life
You’ve probably heard a lot about how probiotics nurture the digestive and immune systems, and this is no less true for children. They can also help reduce occasional tummy troubles by helping to restore the balance of good and not-so-good bacteria.
Elderberry Syrup – Gaia
Elderberry syrup is great to take on a daily basis to keep your child’s immune system in tip top shape, but it also can help reduce the length of time a cold or flu lasts. The best part? It tastes delicious!
Vitamin C – Animal Parade
Food such as oranges, tomatoes, broccoli, etc. is really the best way to get your Vitamin C, but eating a daily balanced diet is not always realistic. Vitamin C supplementation can be another tool in your arsenal to help keep your children healthy. Chewables are an easy way to get your kids to take it.
Vitamin D-3 – Carlson’s, Animal Parade
Vitamin D, a critical immune booster, is hard to obtain without supplementation, for both adults and children, especially those of us who live in colder, less sunny climates. Kids may get enough Vitamin D in the summer but in winter, supplementation may be a good idea.
B-Complex – Megafood
B vitamins aid metabolism, energy production, and promote healthy circulatory and nervous systems. They help boost the body’s defense system, helping it to stay healthy during cold and flu season. Check out Oryana’s b-complex vitamin selection for kids.
Omega-3 fatty acids play an integral role in children’s development and support the normal function of cells throughout the body. The standard American diet, as you may know, is notoriously low in omega-3s and most people, especially children, can benefit from fish oil supplementation. Oryana carries a huge selection of only the best quality fish oil.
Whole foods truly are the best source of nutrients, but it can be a challenge to get your kids to eat enough vegetables and fruits. This where a multi-vitamin can help fill in the gaps. We have some high quality ones for kids such as Vitamin Code and Animal Parade. If you have picky eaters, multi-vitamins may help make up for what they are missing.