The August/September ‘back to school’ period invokes a unique blend of feelings for both parents and children: excitement, anticipation, butterflies, with novelty and planning and growth all in the mix. More time indoors, crowded rooms of kids and cooler weather can also present challenges to our immune systems. The first two weeks back to school in September often involve a spike in colds/upper respiratory tract infections. The infection rate can increase by six times the usual rate as germs spread.
Good nutrition and some key supplements that support focus, attention, energy, and immune health will help kids put their best foot forward and feel engaged and up to the task. It helps when immune system support comes in the form of delicious fruit powders and crystals. These aren’t just any fruits though. Specifically, Flora Sambu® Elderberry Crystals and Acerola Natural Vitamin C Powder combine perfectly in water, juice or smoothies to provide immune supportive antioxidants like vitamin C and anthocyanins. If a liquid version works better for the family, Flora also has Sambu®Guard Elderberry+ Liquid Formula Kids available with elderberry, echinacea and licorice to support immune health and soothe sore throats.
Our Daily and Kid’s Multi Essentials+ formulas are gluten free, liquid multivitamin and mineral formulas packed with the essential nutrients kids need in a burst of flavor thanks to the fruit juices and herbs in the formula. The formulas include calcium and vitamins A & D for bones and teeth, supports immune health with vitamins A, C, D and iodine, and brain and nervous system health with B vitamins and choline. The B vitamins include B1, B2, B3, B6, B12 and these, along with the iodine, support healthy energy levels and metabolism. Nutritional studies and surveys have consistently found that Canadian and United States children are not getting adequate amounts of vitamin D, calcium and magnesium from their diet, so supplementation can really help.
The omega-3 fatty acid DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) is the perfect partner to many of the nutrients in our Daily and Kid’s liquid multi formulas. This is because it also supports brain and eye health—especially focus, memory and attention. Flora offers a vegan, algae-sourced DHA in a variety of products and formats, including Udo’s Oil® Omega 3•6•9 Blend + DHA. For Canadian customers, Efalex® is a clinically proven combination of fish oil and evening primrose oil, including DHA to support overall cognitive health and mental focus.
Flora’s Kid’s Probiotic from our refrigerated line rounds out our top picks for supplements for kids going back to school. Probiotics support both digestive and immune health. These good bacteria populate the digestive tract to discourage bad bacteria from getting a foothold, aid digestion, absorption of nutrients and regularity while also supporting the immune system.
Energized and fortified with these key nutrients, your kids will bring their A game as they head back to school with confidence. In these times, it’s important to focus on what we do have control over, and good nutrition with the right supplements is something we can share and empower our kids with, so they’re set up for success in the school year ahead!
You can enjoy 20% off Flora’s Back to School collection 8/17/2023–8/20/2023 with code SCHOOL20. Shop the Back to School Collection here.
ROBERT DADD IS A MASTER HERBALIST (DOMINION HERBAL COLLEGE) WITH A BA IN COMMUNICATIONS FROM SIMON FRASER UNIVERSITY. HIS AREAS OF RESEARCH INCLUDE ADAPTOGENS, PROBIOTICS, AND ESSENTIAL FATTY ACIDS. HE IS CURRENTLY THE PRODUCT INFORMATION SUPERVISOR FOR FLORA MANUFACTURING AND DISTRIBUTING.
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