Posted: August 2022
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School and other children’s activities can mean the opportunity for outside germs to hit your family hard. Prevention is key to keeping the whole family healthy.
First, don’t let the flu sideline you or your family this fall. The flu shot is one line of defense. Flu vaccine options may vary according to a person’s age and/or health status.
A needle-free flu “shot?” Hate needles? A fear of needles has a simple solution — for the young and young-at-heart (ages 2–49), get the flu “shot” by nasal spray.
Healthy-living strategies can also help support immune health:
Sleep and be well-rested. Did you know kids between the ages of 6-12 require 9-12 hours of sleep per night?
Eat healthy and stay hydrated.
It’s best to obtain nutrients from a healthy, well-balanced diet, but this is not always possible. If you feel your child's nutrient needs are not being met with diet alone, a supplement may be helpful:
Consider a multivitamin.*
Zinc is found in cells throughout the body and may help the immune system fight off invading bacteria and viruses.*
Look for antioxidants such as Vitamins C and E to help protect cells from damage.*
You’ve heard of prebiotics and probiotics, but did you know there are postbiotics?
Probiotics (good bacteria) flourish on non-digestible carbohydrates or non-digestible fiber, which means a diet rich in prebiotic foods such as fruits, vegetables, beans, and whole grains help to support the good bacteria in the gut.
Postbiotics are a byproduct of pre-and probiotics and may help strengthen immunity and support digestion. Eating a wide variety of plant foods is the best thing you can do to increase postbiotic production. Is your diet lacking in these foods? You may want to consider a postbiotic supplement to help keep your immune system and gut health in check.*
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
Always consult with a healthcare professional before starting any new vitamins, supplements, diet or exercise program, before taking any medication, or if you have or suspect you might have a health problem.