Should we be giving our kids supplements right now?

Supplements to protect our kids?

As parents amidst all this craziness, it's a relief to realize that...Covid-19 is not ravaging our children.

This is not to make light of the community it does seem to be hurting the most- our beloved grandparents, our treasured elders.

If you want to do more than handwashing (still the most important thing!), then keep reading on the top doctor-recommended supplements for kids. If you want to skip right to the conclusion, we have made it easy with our Kids Immunity+ Pack for you to get right now.

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Can kids get the coronavirus?

Children can contract the coronavirus. While not immune to the infection, otherwise healthy kids do seem to have an easier time than adults and often show no symptoms at all.

This is actually a common theme in many illnesses, such as chickenpox, measles, and the flu.

Again, kids CAN contract the virus. In fact, in a very recent preliminary study tracking 359 infected people from China, they found that children contracted COVID-19 at about the same rate as adults (approximately 7.5%)

It all comes down to immunity

The best guess doctors and researchers have as to why coronavirus seems to be making it easier on kids is because children have a stronger ‘innate’ immunity response that gets to action quicker than an adult’s ‘adaptive’ immunity response, which seems to be slower to launch a full out attack on foreign invaders.

So, by the time an adult’s immune system is fully revved up, COVID-19 infection has had a chance to settle into the lungs, which are extremely sensitive organs. Lungs can also undergo damage as you age, especially if you smoke or have inhaled a lot of chemicals and other toxins.

Keep in mind, this is still very much a theory. We just don’t know enough about COVID-19 to say anything for certain.

What we can say for certain is that immune systems matter. The stronger you and your loved one’s immune systems, the much less likely you are to suffer life-threatening symptoms from the virus.

Stronger immune systems make you less likely to contract a virus in the first place.

And it’s important to remember that kids (and adults) can spread the virus even if they have no symptoms. This is one reason why social isolation is so necessary right now.

The Top Five Supplements To Give Your Children

Just to be clear- we are not saying supplements will super proof your children from getting sick or carrying the virus. They will not.

They will help boost your child’s immune system.

Supplements work best alongside a healthful diet, plenty of sunshine, and lots of play and laughter in the home. Again, please don’t think they are a miracle shield for the coronavirus.

That being said, they are pretty amazing at filling in the gaps of your child’s nutritional deficits and are certainly beneficial for overall wellbeing and health. In these times, they are a great insurance policy to have on hand.

We've spoken with our team of medical experts to help us put together a list of the top five supplements to recommend for parents like you who want to do everything you can for your kids. Most importantly, these are all designed especially for kids:

  1. Vitamin D has an amazing ability to modulate immunity. It has also been shown to be helpful with upper respiratory infections. Statistics indicate maintaining optimal Vitamin D levels is a growing concern for both adults and children. While we normally achieve adequate levels of Vitamin D through sun exposure, seasonality and social distancing (i.e. more time at home) leave many of us deficient.
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  3. Multi-Vitamin - Micronutrients are the building blocks for strengthening the immune system. SuperNutes is a full spectrum, highly-absorbed, chewable multi-vitamin that your kids are going to love so much you will have to hide them. Another great option that most doctor's love is Thorne's Children's Micronutrients.
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  5. Propolis and Echinacea: Boosting your child’s immune system is your best line of defense during challenging times. Imu-Max combines the best-known botanicals used to boost the immune system (Propolis & Echinacea). Echinacea is known as the "herbal immune booster" and has been used for centuries as an herbal remedy to prevent and treat upper respiratory infections. Propolis also has a long history as a healer and infection fighter. In more recent times, researchers have discovered more than 300 compounds in propolis. The majority of these compounds are forms of polyphenols, which are powerful antioxidants that fight disease.
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  7. Flora Bites - Many children consume excessive quantities of sugar and refined carbohydrates. These sugars can negatively affect the microflora in the gut, causing immune challenges. Flora Bites chewable probiotic promote healthy gut microflora to protect and support the immune system.
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  9. SOS Electrolyte Drink - One of the main side effects of viral infections is dehydration. The body combats viruses by increasing its temperature (fever); this means that you lose more water through evaporation and breathing. SOS Hydration was developed by Dr. Blanca Mayo of the world-famous Mayo Clinic using the best science in medicine and sports to help her patients. SOS is as effective as a drip IV at combating mild to moderate dehydration. It is also low in sugar (only 2g) and has a taste that kids love.
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Remember, during these times (and all times) there is no better support for our children's (and our own) immune systems and keep them active and outside (but away from others!).

So let's give those kids their probiotics and vitamins, make sure they're washing their paws, playing in the dirt, and teach them to take deep, centering breaths. Rest assured, we'll get through this together 🙏

Kate

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