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These days, it’s a little more challenging to prioritize your kids’ health. Recent restrictions on activities closed community centers and summer education programs, and challenges at work and home demand that we all begin to create health and wellness for ourselves and our families. If you are a parent, you likely spend much time thinking about providing the best for your kids—the best education, the best medical care, and the best health.
No matter how old your kids are, there are some simple steps you can take to promote better health and wellness for everyone in your household. Practice what you preach with a zero-waste lifestyle and take these steps to help your kids stay healthy this summer and beyond:
Get out and enjoy nature!
Fresh air, sunshine, and nature’s beauty are suitable for the body and the soul. As your skin soaks up some rays and begins the process of vitamin D production, your body and mind are relaxed and soothed by all you take in. Go on those nature walks, swim in the backyard, and take some family bike rides. The more you unplug from your technology devices, the better you’ll feel.
Try some essential oils
Thousands of years of application and practice point to essential oils as being very good for all sorts of conditions and ailments. They calm the mind, they promote better digestion, and they incite restful sleep when other supplements cannot. The list of suitable essential oils for kids includes:
- Lavender oil: calm and restful sleep
- Peppermint oil: proper digestion and mental clarity
- Lemon oil: reduction in infections, natural detoxification
Many other essential oils are suitable for use with children. Talk to your doctor or seek the advice of a naturopath for more information about how incorporating essential oils into your wellness regime can help not only your children but your whole family.
Eat clean and green
Your kids don’t like spinach? Pack some in a fruit-filled smoothie, and with an original name, watch them suck it down like their favourite milkshake. Talk to your kids about the importance of proper nutrition, and model some of the choices you are trying to make as you emphasize eating better to feel better. Offer more veggies and fruits and fewer sugary and processed snacks. You’ll see a renewed spring in their step, and they’ll be fighting off fewer infections than they did when you were on the S.A.D., or Standard American Diet.
Take some good supplements
Regardless of how healthy your diet is, you cannot glean all of your daily vitamins and minerals from food alone. Consider an excellent liquid multivitamin and mineral supplement, and pair it with a kicking probiotic to promote digestive health. With a strong immune system and a healthy gut, your kids will be setting the stage for good health later in life.
The benefits of exercise are many, and the consequences of not exercising are also numerous. Teach your child early to value and care for themselves by prioritizing movement and exercise into their daily routine. It doesn’t have to be a gruelling strength workout or hours of running; activities such as swimming, walking, biking, and hiking all fit into an active lifestyle for a combination of fun, family time and fitness.
What will you create going forward?
We have a responsibility – we are teaching our children, our future leaders, what it means to be healthy and vibrant as they grow and become independent. What will you choose to create with your family? The sky’s the limit; embrace the challenge, open yourself up to some creative possibilities, and see what improvements you can start making in your lives today.