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Back to School, Back to Health

Back to School, Back to Health

October 5, 2015 |  by  |  Kids Health

When school starts back up, there is an even greater need to make sure children are as healthy as possible. Properly fed children will have less digestive problems, behavioral issues, allergies and fatigue. They will be happier because of it, and so will their parents!

In order for children to have optimal health both physically and emotionally, parents need to make sure they have proper water, diet, exercise, play and sleep. If you have these in place, you can significantly increase the odds of your child’s long-term health and happiness.

Water
Make sure children stay hydrated with spring or filtered water especially when playing sports or when sick. Juices and sodas will only cause more dehydration and blood sugar imbalances.

Diet

Numerous studies show that our diet affects mood, energy, behavior, clarity of thought and healthy weight. A healthy diet should include complex carbohydrates such as organic vegetables and fruit, fermented vegetables and, if tolerated, sourdough breads. It should also include quality protein such as grass-fed/pastured meats, organic soaked beans and legumes and raw dairy. Adequate protein is essential to children for growth and repair of cells, nerves, muscles and bones. Good fats are also needed such as avocados, eggs, nuts and nut butters, olives and fish. Fatty acids are necessary for brain development and absorption of fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E, K.

Digestion

You’ve prepared fantastically healthful meals and your children are eating it, but what if they’re not properly digesting the food or absorbing all of those nutrients? One of the most common reasons children see their primary care physician is stomach pain. By adding fermented or cultured foods to your child’s diet at a young age, you’re adding healthful bacteria to their microbiome that will increase digestion and keep their immune system in check.

Let’s Move It, Move It!

Exercise and movement should be a part of every child’s day. Regular exercise helps children feel better about themselves, build strong healthy bones, manage stress (yes, even children have it!) and sleep better. As more and more physical education classes are cut from school schedules, it’s important to ensure that children have some type of movement outside of school. That could be anything from organized sports to hiking, swimming, surfing, yoga, dance and even gardening so long as they’re moving!

Rest

We’re living in fast times where even the youngest of children are showing signs of exhaustion from overloaded schedules. Allow your children time to relax and have fun. There are varying opinions of how much sleep a child needs, but the general guideline is that the younger they are the more sleep they need. If your child is complaining about being tired or having trouble concentrating, first consider their diet, but then take a good look at their schedule. An overly tired child is going to have trouble in school, no question. Lack of sleep, which leads to lack of attention, can easily be mistaken for ADD/ADHD. What do you do when you’re trying to stay awake? Fidget, get up and down, anything to not fall asleep, right? If you’re noticing symptoms, it might be time to cut back on an extracurricular activity or look at nighttime routines.

Things that can help with sleep:

  • Adequate time to settle down before bed
  • A calming routine ­ – bath, bedtime story, rub essential oils on their feet
  • A healthful snack 30 minutes before bed
  • Relaxing music; use a player with a timer. Music therapy can work wonders for children with ADHD, temper tantrums or those who have a hard time winding down at any time of the day.

By adding all of these foundational pieces to your child’s life, you are taking control of their healthy future.

Back to School, Back to Health article as seen in Information Press

Join us at Beacon Chiropractic for our Open House on Friday, October 16th. I will be speaking 12:30-1:30pm about keeping those kids in tip top shape throughout the year!

 

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Laureen Wallravin, NTP
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is a Certified Nutritional Therapy Practitioner specializing in a holistic approach to nutrition and total body wellness. She helps clients with digestive, blood sugar, hormone, immune, and detoxification imbalances. Her methods include a Metabolic Type Diet, functional diagnostic testing, and food sensitivity testing (MRT). Laureen’s practice is located in Grover Beach and she serves the surrounding areas of the Central Coast including Pismo Beach, Arroyo Grande, San Luis Obispo, Paso Robles, and Morro Bay.