Natural Kid Immune Support Tips for Back to School Time
Kids’ immune systems have to grow along with them, which is why they get sick a lot. How does that happen? Immunity grows and evolves as the result of being challenged by exposure and infection. Most young kids get 6-8 colds a year, and it’s how they become immune–one-by-one–to the myriad viruses they’re exposed to. This is nature’s way, but even so, a child’s immune system needs to be strong in order to stand up to the constant onslaught of viruses, bacteria and fungi, like candida.
Particularly during transitional times of the year, like back-to-school, children and young adults become increasingly vulnerable to immune challenges. Not only will they be exposed to vastly more microbial challenges in school, their classrooms and around new people, but changes to routine, sleep and diet all create additional stress on the immune system.
In the latest addition to The Protocol Library, Mary Bove, ND, PhD, and author of the Encyclopedia of Natural Healing for Children and Infants, shares the products she recommends to parents who want to support their children’s immune health, especially when it’s needed the most.
P.S. Here’s Mary’s recipe for Homemade Elderberry Gummies which makes immune support a little more fun
Homemade Black Elderberry Gummies
Time to prepare: 25 minutes, plus freezing time
1 cup acai juice, or another no sugar added juice
1 tablespoon agar agar
1 tablespoon local honey
3 ozs-Organic Black Elderberry Syrup
- Place a small pan over low heat, then stir together the juice, agar agar and honey. Heat over low until the agar agar is completely dissolved.
- Remove from heat and add the Black Elderberry Syrup. Pour into silicone molds or an 8×8 glass dish lined with parchment and coated with coconut oil. Place in the freezer for about 30 minutes, until firm.
- Remove from freezer and pop out of molds or slice into squares. Store on parchment inside in an airtight container and refrigerate. Will keep up to one week.