As my husband said last week, Spring Break is finally over. Disclaimer, we completely acknowledge that eLearning last Spring was NOT Spring Break for teachers and kids. However, after being home for five months together right as Spring Break started, it felt like Spring Break never really ended. Getting ready for this change was big for me (and my anxiety) but most of all I needed to find a few ways for all of us to boost immunity as they headed back to school.
Little Man is rocking second grade in person with all of his friends. My husband is in his seventh year of teaching remotely from his classroom. Both are in unique situations and have different levels of social distancing available. One thing I’ve had to accept is that I cannot control what happens once they leave the house. We’re always concerned about ways to boost immunity after Summer break, but this year has been a little bit different with so many unknowns.
Outside of hand sanitizers, washing hands, masks, etc to prevent receiving germs, we have added in three additional steps to our routine to boost immunity for everyone in the house.
Boost Immunity With Multi-Vitamins
By far the easiest addition to our routine is adding multi-vitamins back in. I’ll be the first to admit, I’ve been bad about making the boys take their vitamins each day since we’ve been home. We’ve been on the same jar of Flintstone Vitamins since early June and it was time to get everyone back on track. They used to take a fish oil gummy with their Flintstones, however it was recently recalled. I did a little bit of research and found the Smarty Pants Vitamins had the most nutrients for them including everything from the Flintstones Vitamins AND the Fish Oil Gummy.
Turmeric in Smoothies
You know I’m all about loading up the smoothies with as many extra nutrients as possible. We always have spinach stuffed in there for some extra vitamins, but this week I started sneaking in something else…Turmeric.
Chances are if you’ve read a health blog in the last year you’ve seen Turmeric thrown out there. I had NO idea what it was but upon researching it, I found out it’s a form of ginger and it has some incredible benefits for your health.
1 tbsp of Turmeric contains:
- 26 percent of daily manganese needs
- 16 percent of daily iron
- 5 percent of daily potassium
- 3 percent of daily vitamin C
(Thank you Medical News Today for the specifics)
It is also anti-inflammatory and helps your body fight foreign invaders while repairing damage they’ve done. As we are fighting all kinds of sicknesses, it cannot hurt to fight off foreign invaders. Bonus, the taste isn’t nearly as strong as ginger!
An Apple a Day
Sure, maybe it’s an old wives tale but we are running with whatever extra help we can these days. Both of them take an apple with their lunch every single day.
Little Man is a fairly picky eater and is not a huge fan of eating anything but cheesy noodles, PB&J and pizza. I don’t feel nearly as guilty sending junk food for his lunch when an apple is there too. Little wins, right? Luckily it’s one of the fruits he will eat!
One medium sized apple has 14% of your daily Vitamin C and 5% of your daily Vitamin K. It’s an easy fruit to pack and no containers need to come home to be washed!
Overall, I’m a firm believer in any extra steps you can take to boost your immune system is worth it.
How are you handling back to school?
What tips do you have to boost immunity?