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As the summer days begin to wane, and a new school year beckons, all of us mamas are gearing up to create enriching learning experiences for our children. Whether you're a homeschooling mama or have children attending traditional schools, ensuring their health and immunity is in top shape is vital for a successful year. One often underestimated aspect of overall well-being is gut health, which plays a pivotal role in supporting the immune system. In this episode, we will focus on how all families, regardless of schooling choice, can prepare immunity for the new school year by prioritizing your gut health.
As mamas, we intuitively understand the value of a robust immune system in protecting our children from infections and illnesses. The gut is a central player in nurturing this resilience. The gut microbiome influences not only digestive health but also the immune system. 70% of your immune system stems from your gut. That is more than half which explains why a harmonious balance of gut bacteria helps to fortify the body's defenses, making it better equipped to ward off various pathogens.
So let's talk about ways that you can support your family’s gut health and therefore your immunity.
One of the most effective ways to support gut health is by rebalancing the gut bacteria with my Children's Rebalance Kit, specially formulated to promote a diverse and healthy gut microbiome. This kit includes Nourish probiotic, and Cleanse that kills the bad bacteria, yeast, mold and parasites in your child’s body. Beyond the rebalance, maintaining balance with the Gut Health Maintenance is highly recommended.
Additionally, gathering around the table for family meals offers more than just nourishment for the body. Eating meals together allows for shared moments, fostering connections, and reducing stress, which positively impacts your gut health. Prioritize this bonding time as often as possible, making it a cherished family tradition.
Staying hydrated is essential for overall health and gut function. Encourage your family to drink plenty of purified water daily. Opt for filtered water that eliminates chlorine, as chlorine can disrupt your microbiome by killing beneficial bacteria. Proper hydration supports digestion and aids the body's natural detoxification processes.
Embrace the outdoors and prioritize time in nature. Outdoor activities expose your family to diverse sources of beneficial bacteria that can positively influence your gut health. Whether it's a hike, a picnic in the park, or simply playing outside, spending time in nature supports your immune system and promotes overall well-being.
Create a healthier living environment by opting for non-toxic cleaners in your home. Harsh chemicals in cleaning products can disrupt the gut microbiome when touched, ingested or inhaled. Embrace natural cleaning options like vinegar, baking soda, Cleanse and essential oils to protect your family's gut health.
When it comes to personal care products, choose plant-based soaps and sanitizers over chemical-based options. Chemicals impact your gut health when absorbed through the skin. By choosing natural, gentle alternatives, you promote a healthier gut and overall wellness for your family.
A vital aspect of nurturing gut health is of course paying attention to your family's diet. Limit processed foods and refined sugars as they can lead to an imbalanced gut microbiome and weaken the immune system.
Regular exercise is not only beneficial for overall health but also supports gut health. Encourage your family to engage in physical activity regularly, whether through organized sports, family bike rides, or playful activities. Exercise helps maintain a healthy gut environment and contributes to a stronger immune system.
Lastly, prioritize stress reduction practices for your whole family. Engage in relaxation exercises like yoga, deep breathing, or meditation. Managing stress positively impacts the gut-brain axis, fostering a harmonious gut environment and improved overall well-being.
By incorporating these practical tips into your family's lifestyle, you create a nurturing environment for gut health that can positively impact immunity and overall well-being. Remember that every small step counts towards building a healthy and resilient gut for your entire family, leading to a school year filled with wellness, focus, growth and vitality.