School Supplies for a Healthy School Year

Two weeks until our school year begins. We are out busily purchasing uniforms, school supplies, & the like to prepare for the new school year.

Besides the Crayola’s and #2 pencils, we also stock up and make sure we have the nutritional support to keep her healthy throughout the week as well.  Our kits are explained here and outlined at the bottom of the article.

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The average child in the USA is sick and has approximately 6-7 sick visits to the doctor per year.  This is time that parents have to take off work, time that our children miss important lessons in class, and costs us copays at the doctor’s office as well as for any prescriptions. It quickly adds up. 

When our children have a strong, healthy immune system, they can more readily fight off those illnesses, bacterial infections, & viruses. We began with a “BASIC” protocol to improve CLB’s immune system and to keep her strong against those germs! 

Side note: CLB is also allergic to Triclosan, so she can’t use the soap at the school, she only uses natural soaps with no anti-bacterial ingredients.  She is strong and healthy and rarely fights illness.

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This is our basic foundation:

Keep in mind that we also focus on whole food choices, healthy, nutrient dense foods and have eliminated most, if not all, of the toxins in our home to allow for healthy bodies and immune systems, but here, this is how we supplement with whole food, plant based, guaranteed supplements.

Meal Shakes are DELICIOUS protein mixes… a vanilla or Bavarian Cocoa flavor.  2 canisters/month – we give her 3/4 of a serving in her morning “shake” made with Soy Milk. “Fast Food, no guilt!” $24.10 per canister.  This allows her to sustain her energy throughout the day rather than SPIKING from breakfast cereal only to plummet a couple of hours later.  This contains all the amino acids to allow your child to absorb it quickly and effectively!

Incredivites – Multivitamin with Lactoferin for immune health.  This multi-vitamin as AMAZING! Compared to other leading brands this little powerhouse of a vitamin is more comprehensive with 23 essential vitamins & minerals, has 50% more vitamin D3 for bone health, AND it CONTAINS NOTHING ARTIFICIAL!!! I don’t understand why vitamin companies make products to “support your health” then include ingredients, like artificial colors, flavors, or ingredients that work to compromise your health! (RANT OVER-for now.)  $29.70 for 120 tablets (60 servings) = $14.85 per month.

Mighty Smarts – Ultra-pure DHA chews These little gems were my daughter’s first DHA supplements.  Now they serve as her “reward” for taking her other supplements. Smile  These orange flavored chews are concentrated with a 100% natural, ultra-pure form of omega-3 oil that has been purified and tested to be of the highest quality…WITHOUT the fishy taste and potential hazards of environmental toxins.  (75% Organic, natural, and gluten free) Again, NOTHING artificial.  $27.00 for 30 chews.

Targeted issues:

Our daughter has battled eczema, from a corn allergy, and tends to get bored and find it difficult to focus in class.  We discovered the mood swings and focus issues during her first grade year. 

We added a couple of supplements last year to assist her with this challenge and were pleasantly surprised to discover that she quickly found it easier to focus and to stay on task – the result – in a mere 1/4 she went from an average student to one being recognized and recommended for the gifted program.

(I am not saying the supplements made this difference, I am simply saying we saw the difference after we added them.)  Here is what we found to give her the greatest advantage.

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Optiflora (probiotic) – This amazing little pearl contains and protects the probiotics from the stomach acids so that it is delivered ALIVE to the very place it is needed, and not before.  Great defender of health, affordable price. $19.10 per month. (One per day.)  This is ESPECIALLY important after your child has had to use an antibiotic to repopulate the GOOD bacteria in the digestive tract so the immune system can rebuild itself.

B-ComplexThis COMPLETE B-Complex supplement assists with everyday stress that my little diva seems to love.  It allows her mood swings to level out and for her to stay calm and manage her “stresses” better. We began by crushing this one and mixing it into her morning smoothee and she has graduated at age 7 to swallowing it whole when drinking her smoothee in the mornings. $21.70 for 120 tablets (one per day for my tiny one) or $40.75 for 240 tablets ~$7.30 a month.

OmegaGuard – DHA & EHA  This amazing product assists her little brain in focusing and in retaining what she is being taught.  Another great supplement that actually delivers more EPA & DHA than other brands. She began swallowing these last spring when I dared her to take it. $16.95 for 60 softgels or $43.95 for 180 (one per day for our tiny)

Nutriferon – Immune Booster – Developed by world-renowned immunologist, Dr. Yasuhiko Kojima who first discovered interferon in 1954.  This product allows your body to naturally produce interferon to fight off infection, bacteria, and viral by boosting that immune system and allowing you to be stronger and not succumb to the “crud.”  {The Shaklee Difference: A recent laboratory study showed that NutriFeron ingredients impact Natural Killer (NK) cells, an important part of our frontline immune system defense.  (Research papers from peer reviewed journals available upon request.) $39.00 60 caplets (I give her 1 per day ~$19.50 per month. (No pictured above)

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Yes, we invest in the health of our daughter. Our choice to invest in her health has meant that we only have about 1 sick visit to the doctor per year, if that.  We have seen her academic performance increase dramatically, her mood swings decrease, and she smiles a lot and reminds us if we forget one of her supplements in the mornings.

These do taste different than Flinstone Vitamins, or the popular gummy vitamins, it is a different flavor – a NATURAL flavoring.  She loves them and begs for them, and they don’t contribute to tooth decay or cause other side effects. 

As for parents and teachers for back to school supplies – that is another blog for another day!  Wishing you a healthy school year!

ALSO, here is a great video presentation on Building Immunity for your Kids by Jenni Oates.  It is 45 minutes well worth your time!

School Supply List for Healthy Immunity From the
Healthy Grease Monkey Shop

Basic:
* Incredivites (2 month supply)
* Mighty Smarts
* Meal Shakes
*
$66/month**  

Better:
* Basic Package plus
* Optiflora for improved immune function
* B-Complex for energy & happy moods
* $91/month.** B-Complex is purchased once every 8 months

Best:
   * Better Package plus (for older children – ours is 8 now)
* OmegaGuard for focus and brain health
* Nutriferon for boosting immune funtion (we use this when we want
to ramp up her immune system (2 weeks before school or before a
flight or traveling)
* $137/month** OmegaGuard is purchased every 6 months,
Nutriferon as needed.

** Member pricing with products bought in bulk quantities – not every product is ordered every month.

For more information regarding these or other products, feel free to contact me.

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