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Back To School Health Tips For The Entire Family

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Where has the time gone?  Can you believe it is back to school time already?  As the kids are heading back to school their daily routines and activities drastically change.  With this, comes an increase in stress on the body.  Lets explore a few ideas on how you can keep your kids healthy and happy this school year.

Watch That Diet:  

School lunch, whether purchased or bought, can be a source of major trouble for children.  Many times it is laden with processed ingredients and large amounts of sugar. This will affect their ability to concentrate and learn new material.  Keep lunch simple.  Focus on nutrient dense whole foods like vegetables, fruit, salads, and non-processed lean meats.  Be sure and encourage them to stay well hydrated with water throughout the day, and stay away from sugary drinks.

Be Backpack Smart:  

Children are carrying more books than ever to and from school.  If they using a traditional backpack, be sure they are using both straps, and it is held tight against their back.  Whenever possible keep the weight of the pack no more than 20% of their body weight.  When too heavy, it will cause a child to bend forward at the hips to compensate causing unusual strain on the lower back.

Boost The Immune System:  

The increase in stress on the body from heading back to school can have a serious impact on their immune system.  Limiting intake of sugary foods, drinking plenty of water throughout the day, and getting adequate sleep every night is very important for your immune system.  You may also consult your doctor about the possible need for a low dose vitamin D supplement combined with a probiotic.  This has been shown to have a significant impact on reducing the frequency of colds and flu.

Get Adjusted:  

Of course, maintaining a healthy spine and nervous system is also extremely important for your children this time of year.  Problems associated with posture are now one of the biggest problems I see in the office.  Children (and adults) are on phones, tablets, etc. more than ever before.  Repetitive and prolonged postures from the use of these devices can have serious impact on the heath of your spine.  Regular spinal check-ups can help your child to function and perform at an optimal level. Get your child's spine checked today!  

In closing, it is very easy in our busy lives to forget about the little things that can make a big difference.  This is one of those instances. The author Bruce Barton said it best, "Sometimes when I consider what tremendous consequences come from little things, I am tempted to think there are no little things." 

LIVE well.  BE well.