Keeping Your Kids Healthy
Health Starts from Within
My wife (Ms. GlowGenics herself) and I are extremely blessed to have three healthy children. Everything after that is just details.
Our children have never taken an antibiotic (eldest is 8). This is not to say they have never fallen ill, but due to my professional experience, none have had a bacterial infection significant enough to warrant this type of treatment. We were close once. Our daughter had an ear infection and I was able to visualize (though my otoscope) her ear drum was bulging due to excessive fluid buildup behind it. Two ear candle treatment fully drained her ear of this fluid. Olive oil ear drops helped her body to clear the infection. In two days she was back to her 100% self.
One of the safest and easiest habits to prevent illness is to get your kids in the habit of washing their hands and face with a good soap throughout the day. Our daughter has been taught to wash before all meals (including during school) and it's the first thing she does when she gets home. Using a soap such as GlowGenics Organic Babywash will ensure not only potential illness causing germs are washed away but toxins are not introduced into their system.
-James Goetz (New Jersey)
Eat Your Way to Health
My wife and I are firm believers that nutrition plays the largest role in defending against sickness. It was of course the father of medicine, Hippocrates, who said, "Let thy food be thy medicine". Perhaps he is not just some dead dude as a professor once informed me. Perhaps he was onto something. After all, he is considered the father of medicine, not the cousin of medicine.
We feed our kids (and selves) a diet that is primarily organic, non-GMO, and free from processed foods. During winter months we give them a D3 supplement and elderberry while intermittently throughout the year they take probiotics and krill oil.
Vitamin D is essential for the absorption of calcium and may prevent multiple sclerosis, depression, myocardial infarction, stroke, cancer, arthritis, autism, type 1 diabetes mellitus, schizophrenia and other mood disorders. Vitamin D3 is also believed to help increase immune function, which is ever so important, especially during the winter months in the north.
We use only professional formulas, which are free from any fillers and tested for purity. *Before giving any vitamins to your child, speak with their pediatrician to see if they may be right for them*.
Do You Supplement?
What Vitamins Do Your Kids Take?
Probiotics are crucial to developing a healthy digestive tract and strong immune system. 70% of our immune system is located in our gut! Sugar, processed foods and stress disrupt our natural flora, making it beneficial to supplement at times with a good probiotic. They key to a good probiotic is the amount of active cultures in it. Just because a bottle may state it contains 5 billion live cultures does not mean 5 billion are active. 5 billion are live when the bottle leaves the manufacturing plant. The quality of the culture, shipping and storage will dictate how many cultures are living when it arrives at your home. Company quality counts.
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Omega-3 fatty acids are also important for healthy development. I prefer krill oil from a professional source as it does not contain heavy metals and it crosses the blood/ brain barrier. The result should be enhanced central nervous system function. This supplement may not be necessary if your kids eat fish 3x week, but with the justified concerns of mislabeled fish sources in grocery stores and large amounts of mercury in fish; safety is paramount.
Create Healthy Habits
Unhealthy habits lead to kids getting sick while healthy habits keep them healthy and safe. As parents, it's our duty to learn what's healthy and what is not so we can ensure our kids develop the healthy habits they will take with them for the rest of their very long lives.