7 Supplements to prevent colds, improve energy & make you smarter!

Health Store MacroomAs we head into the winter season trying to avoid colds and flu is top of the list for all of us! However, as children go back to school the classroom tends to be a rapid breathing ground for coughs, colds, bugs, and viruses. The following are some key nutrients that may help to prevent the above and even help to make your child smarter!

1) Vitamin D
Vitamin D ( the sunshine vitamin) plays a key role in both physical and mental well-being.
It has proven links to a strong and healthy immune system. Lack of Vitamin D can lead to low mood, poor energy levels, and susceptibility to colds and flu.

2) Vitamin C
Vitamin C has many health benefits chief among them is its ability to support the adrenals in times of stress and also in the fight against infections. Freshly squeezed orange juice is beneficial but for a more therapeutic effect use a non-acidic form of vitamin C called ‘Ester C’. Kiwi and red peppers also contain high levels of vitamin C.

3) Garlic
Garlic has been used for centuries for its health benefits. This is a fantastic Immune booster and can easily be incorporated into everyday recipes in your kitchen. It helps to keep the bugs at bay, so it’s worth adding little a little fresh Garlic when cooking in your soups, stews, and casseroles.

4) Elderberry
Elderberry is a wonderful herb and has many therapeutic benefits such as boosting your immune system and fighting off cold symptoms. You can find easy-to-consume forms of Elderberry now, and taking 5 ml to 15 ml a day helps to keep the common cold away!

5) Fish Oil
Also known as Omega 3. It helps with concentration, and memory and reduces hyperactivity and tiredness. Omega-3 fatty acids have been well studied for their role in the support of many bodily systems including brain function. So this amazing oil has the potential to make your child smarter!

6) Probiotics
Probiotics are good friendly bacteria that populate the large and small intestines mainly. There is a lot of evidence to suggest that these beneficial bacteria not only help to keep our immune systems healthy and strong but also they may help with cognitive function and mood.

A great way to ingest these probiotic’s is by eating fermented foods, such as a good quality natural yoghurt

[no added sugar], or other less known fermented foods such as Sauerkraut, Tempeh or Kefir. Or if you’d like to get started with a more therapeutic probiotic dosage there are various probiotic supplements available from your local health food store.

7) Multivitamin/Mineral formulation
If you want to take a more generalised approach, using a broad-spectrum Multivitamin/Mineral will help your child cope with the ever-increasing demands of the school term.

It will enhance general health and well-being as well as boost energy levels, boost the immune system, enhance mood, and regulate hormonal fluctuations.

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