Holistic Medicine and Wellness in Highland and New Paltz

Holistic medical treatments : Boost the immune system for a healthier school year

School bells are ringing again, and along with homework, PTA meetings, and science fair projects, parents are facing the onslaught of cold and flu season. Chances are, your child will have more than one missed days of school this year due to illness. Once those germs find their way home, the likelihood is high that other family members will also get sick. This year, take a proactive approach to maintaining good health. Try some proven preventative measures to minimize the symptoms of a cold or the flu.

Give the immune system a boost with a healthy diet. Include plant-based foods packed with antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. Strawberries, oranges, and bell peppers are high in Vitamin C. Beta-carotene rich foods like sweet potatoes, cantaloupe and squash are especially important this time of year. Pack your child a healthy lunch that includes bright colorful fruits and vegetables, lean protein, nuts, and yogurt. Include bottled water and hand sanitizing wipes.

Sleep is critical to the immune system. Most children need between 8 and 10 hours of sleep a night. Not getting enough can severely limit the body’s ability to fight infection and can cause inflammation that lessens its ability to heal itself. Limit stimulating activities like electronic games, and restrict the use of computers and TV viewing in the hours just before bed. Be on the lookout for signs of sleep deprivation. Hyperactivity, moodiness, and lack of concentration are all signs that your child may need more sleep.

Minimize stress. Even in children, stress has a negative impact on the immune system. Kids who are afraid of making mistakes, or fear they won’t do well in school often feel anxious. Peer pressure, and wanting to “fit in” or “be popular” are major stressors. Don’t over schedule after school activities. Involvement in too many things at once can result in anxiety. Build some “quiet time” into each day.

Children need plenty of exercise. Physical activity, even something as simple as a walk around the block, makes everyone feel better.

Sing along with your child. Singing stimulates the vagus nerve and helps the body relax.

If your child does develop symptoms like fever, cough, sore throat, nausea, and vomiting, contact FirstCare for holistic and traditional medical treatment. FirstCare is the areas source for holistic doctors, medicine and treatments.