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It’s hard to believe that September is here. Days are getting shorter, nights are getting cooler and the kids are back at school. Back to school season always means more exposure to lovely germs. But there are several healthy habits for back to school that you can keep up year round to help support every family member’s immune system. This year, fight back against cold and flu season with these tips (and a delicious smoothie recipe) for supporting a healthy immune system for the whole family:
Boost your Immune System
Eating a well-rounded, healthy diet is your first line of defense to support your immune health. Kids and adults should be eating plenty of brightly colored fruits and veggies. Ideally, you should aim for 2 fruits and 3 vegetables per day.
With the start of the school year, I started boosting my kids’ immune system with MegaFood® Kids Daily Immune Nutrient Boost PowderTM.* Made with organic oranges, FoodState® Elderberry and echinacea, it’s an easy way to increase their intake of essential nourishment and improve immune function while sipping something delicious.* I’ve been mixing it into their smoothies (like the Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie below). There are no added fillers, sweeteners, flavorings or preservatives – just pure ingredients.
For the adult, MegaFood® just released Acute DefenseTM, a 5-day intense wellness plan to support immune health when you need it most.* Made with FoodState® Vitamin C, Zinc and Black Elderberry, plus whole herb extracts, this formula contains plant compounds effective in supporting a quick immune response.* The formula contains bitter and phytonutrient-rich herbs, echinacea and andrographis, known for powering the immune system.* Acute Defense is free from gluten, dairy, and soy and is Non-GMO Project Verified, vegan and certified Glyphosate Residue Free (GRF) by the Detox Project. MegaFood is actually the first supplement brand to have its entire line certified GRF by The Detox Project, which is so important in light of recent news around popular products containing the harmful chemical. As parents, it is important that we choose brands and products we know can guarantee quality as well as the safety of our kids.
I’ll be keeping this on hand to support my immune health all year round.
Get quality Zzzzz’s
It’s easy to slack off on quality sleep with the busyness of a new school year but sleep is super important for keeping your immune system in check. Once you start to cut back on quality Zzzzz’s, your immune system becomes compromised. Most kids should aim for 9 to 11 hours every night. For adults, aim for at least 7 to 8 hours. Make a habit of ditching the digital devices at least an hour before bedtime to ready the brain for rest.
Wash your hands
Hand washing is one of the easiest ways to avoid getting sick. Remember to wash your hands with warm, soapy water. Whether it’s before a meal, after using the restroom, after a sneezing fit or blowing your nose, washing your hands is an easy way to avoid germs. Even if you are coughing or sneezing into your elbow, you still should wash your hands afterwards. It also never hurts to keep hand sanitizer close by.
Just because the days are getting shorter and the temperature is cooler doesn’t mean it’s time to hibernate inside. You are not a bear! Make a point to get outside for a walk, run, hike, bike ride, or any type of exercise in fresh air. It’s not only good for your mood but also for your immune system. If you can’t make it outside for exercise, find something else that will make your heart rate increase and will cause a little sweat. Your heart and immune system will thank you!
My kids have been absolutely loving this smoothie lately. I think they request it daily. I like to add 1 scoop of MegaFood® Kids Daily Immune Nutrient Booster PowderTM to give the kiddos immune system a boost.*
Give it a try!
Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie
Makes one large or two kid size smoothies
1 ripe frozen banana
½ of avocado
3 Tbsp peanut butter
2 Tbsp dark cocoa powder
1.5 cups milk of your choice (I used unsweetened almond milk)
1 Tbsp pure maple syrup
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- Place all ingredients in a high speed blender
- Blend until smooth
- Add more milk or non-dairy milk as needed for desired consistency
- Pour into a glass and serve
Cheers to a happy and healthy school year!
How will you boost your immune system this school year?
*This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease