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July 31, 2018

 

5 Healthy Back to School Tips

 

Going back to school after a long and adventurous summer can be a frightening and exciting time for both parents and children.  Whether it is beginning at a brand new school after a move across the country or meeting new friends, the process can be quite the undertaking. Take a look at 5 Healthy Naturopathic Tips for improving the transition from summer break to school fun.

 

  1. Catch up on Sleep

 

Studies have shown that getting adequate sleep not only helps with little ones growing (growth hormones surge during sleep) but it’s also vital for optimal neurotransmitter production. Neurotransmitters like serotonin, dopamine and epinephrine help little ones to have a balanced mood as well as well as help with focus and concentration during the school day.Getting at least 9-11 hours of sleep per night for school age children is a must.Having a small cup of chamomile tea after dinner can help with relaxing child and therefore promote more restful sleep.

 

2. Get Outside and Move


Movement can help with maintaining and achieving a healthy weight in children. It also helps with increasing their ability to socialize with their peers and community.By reducing the amount of screen time our children partake in, we can help to encourage them to be outside and moving for at least 60 minutes per day. If that means participating in organized sports, playing a fun game of kick ball with family members or riding a bike, all of these activities will help to keep our children in shape and much healthier during th Get Creative With free, unstructured time comes a blooming surge in creativity. Creativity helps to aid children in social, emotional, physical and cognitive development.Allowing your child to put on a play for you, draw or paint their latest masterpiece or build a spaceship from a cardboard box will give them the confidence to succeed in the classroom on a daily basis.Let your child guide you on their likes and dislikes. Provide a space for them to express themselves emotionally through music or dance during their creative time. The sky should be the limit when it comes to letting your child’s creativity soar. Family Meals Have you ever noticed that when you include your child in the preparation of food that they are more likely to consume the meal or snack that they helped out with? When children are active participants in their family dynamics, they have a vested interest in the outcome.Preparing and eating meals with your family helps with reducing social anxiety as this is the time for the whole family to connect and check in after a full day of being separated from one another. The more family meals that can be consumed per week also significantly reduce symptoms in medical disorders such as asthma, due to children being able to communicate any changes in the way that they feel during dinner time. When families are choosing to consume more nutrient dense foods like fresh fruits, veggies and complex carbohydrates they tend to have a lower rate of childhood obesity and are more likely to make healthier choices as adults. So let's remember relax, laugh and gather around the dining room table, as family meals are key in helping your child thrive during the school year.

 

3. Boost the Immune System

 

Do you notice that your child is more susceptible to the common cold during the school year? Or have you noticed that it takes your child a longer time to recover from common childhood illness? Our child’s immune systems are very fragile and easily influenced by their surroundings. Because children are exposed to hundreds of different bacteria and viruses on a daily basis, supporting their immune system during the school year (and beyond) is very important. Starting with a refrigerated probiotic is a great choice, mainly because a large majority of our immune cells are housed in the GI tract (GALT). Other great ways of helping to support your child’s immune system is to encourage hand washing with soap and water and an increase in the consumption of vitamin C rich foods as well as including elderberry syrup as a part of their daily regimen.

 

4. Get Creative

 

With free, unstructured time comes a blooming surge in creativity. Creativity helps to aid children in social, emotional, physical and cognitive development.Allowing your child to put on a play for you, draw or paint their latest masterpiece or build a spaceship from a cardboard box will give them the confidence to succeed in the classroom on a daily basis.Let your child guide you on their likes and dislikes. Provide a space for them to express themselves emotionally through music or dance during their creative time. The sky should be the limit when it comes to letting your child’s creativity soar.

 

 

5. Family Meals

 

Have you ever noticed that when you include your child in the preparation of food that they are more likely to consume the meal or snack that they helped out with? When children are active participants in their family dynamics, they have a vested interest in the outcome.Preparing and eating meals with your family helps with reducing social anxiety as this is the time for the whole family to connect and check in after a full day of being separated from one another. The more family meals that can be consumed per week also significantly reduce symptoms in medical disorders such as asthma, due to children being able to communicate any changes in the way that they feel during dinner time. When families are choosing to consume more nutrient dense foods like fresh fruits, veggies and complex carbohydrates they tend to have a lower rate of childhood obesity and are more likely to make healthier choices as adults. So let's remember relax, laugh and gather around the dining room table, as family meals are key in helping your child thrive during the school year.

 

Dr. Allen is a Naturopathic Physician and Acupuncturist at Essential Natural Health. When she’s not seeing patients, you can find her exploring Richmond’s local parks, museums and libraries with her husband and two children.

 

Resources: Sleep Health Foundation, Center for Disease Control, American Pediatric Association school year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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