A Good Defense is a Good Offense
Summer is in full swing, but school is not far off. Even though we have fresh food grown locally, summer vacations and non-scheduled days may have swayed your families good eating habits. With school coming up in a few weeks, now is the time to start feeding your families immune system to help prepare for the upcoming cold and flu season. Boosting the immune system is as easy as eating fresh food, getting enough sleep, and plenty of exercise.
Take the remaining weeks of summer start moving slowly back into the routine of the school year. Instead of grabbing the most convenient packaged snack, plan ahead and serve your family the amazing food that is ready to harvest around us. Fresh fruits and vegetables are nature’s fast food. The whole foods are full of phytonutrients that your body needs to support your immune system.
A lot of people think that juice is a good way to get your vitamins, but truly it is not as good as the whole food. The whole food has thousands of micronutrients that work together in synergy to do their job. When the vitamins are isolated, as in multivitamins, they don’t have the other vitamins and minerals around to help them, so they are not able to do their job.
Did you know that you can over do the amount of vitamins that you take into your body? If you reach your limit, your body will flush out the rest that it does not need. Consistency is key. Make sure to eat healthy more than not. I like to use the 80/20 rule, eat healthy 80% of the time so that when it is not an option you can make the best decision in that situation.
Now is the time to get your kids to sleep a little bit earlier every night. Not only will it help with their immune systems, but it will also help when the alarm clock goes off on the first week of school.
To learn more about simple and affordable ways to get more fruits and vegetables into your family and boost their immune system go to my website www.eat-play-grow.com.
Heather Smith, Health Coach