The secret of keeping kids healthy in school

School’s back in session and, while your kids are excited at the prospect of a new school year, it also means that they’re going to be exposed to more germs and viruses — in the classroom, on the playground, and in the bathrooms. These bugs can make their way into your home and have an impact on the overall health of your family.

There are some basic steps that be can be taken by parents towards keeping kids healthy in school. Perhaps the most important key to staying healthy in school is good hand washing with soap or using a hand sanitizier.

Adopting a healthy lifestyle can go a long way to keeping your child in optimal health. This means getting a good night’s sleep and eating well. Make sure your kids’ diet includes a good mix of the fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean protein, and dairy while avoiding processed and fast foods as much as possible.

Encourage your kids to get out and exercise — playing a sport, bike riding, walking, swimming. Not only will they feel better and have more energy, but exercise can help to boost the immune system.

Avoiding the fall cold

The incidence of back to school sickness tends to rise in the fall and winter. Kids’ immune systems are constantly challenged by their exposure to germs and viruses in the school setting. The key to keeping kids healthy in school is to strengthen their immune systems. Having a healthy immune system will help your kids to be able to more successfully defend themselves against infections and the common cold which is, most likely, the culprit responsible for a good fraction of school absences every year.

To strengthen the immune system, you need to provide the body with key nutrients such as antioxidants and essential vitamins and minerals such as calcium, iron, and zinc. The recommended daily servings of fruits and vegetable for kids is a minimum of 5 servings per day.

Another way to help make the immune system work more efficiently is to maintain a healthy digestive tract because a large percentage of your immune system resides in your digestive tract. Probiotics are good bacteria that help to keep your digestive tract healthy. Using probiotics such as Vibrant Nutraceuticals KidsLac helps to support and maintain your kids’ digestive tract which, in turn, helps to maintain a strong immune system.

Because you can’t avoid germs

The simple fact is that your kids cannot avoid being exposed to germs and viruses during the school day. Actively working to strengthen and improve their immune systems by encouraging them to eat healthy, to get a good night’s sleep and more exercise, and to practice good hygiene, are important steps to keeping your kids healthy.

Adding a probiotic for kids such as KidLac can help to boost your kids immune system naturally. It’s easy-to-use stick pack allows your kids to sprinkle it on their favorite food or to eat it right from the pack.