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Is your child shy or moody? Does your child experience loss of focus and clarity?

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As your child grows and develops you may see shyness or moodiness, lack of focus or patience emerge. As children grow, it is important to support their changing bodies. Making friends and doing well in school is important for your child’s self esteem and self-worth. Long term air pollution exposure affects kids brain health, immune response, and negatively impacts moods. There are simple and effective foods, drinks, and habits that support your child to have great moods and a calm stomach, being more social, as well as, sleeping well through the night. Here are 5 simple ways you can help your child prepare for a healthier school year.

1. START THE DAY WITH A PREBIOTIC BREAKFAST TO STOP STOMACH BUTTERFLIES

Shy or not, all kids have a desire to have friends. This breakfast naturally supports the brain/gut axis and the happy hormones serotonin and dopamine, which support socialization and cooperation while decreasing stomach aches.

Mixing organic oats and fruit or honey with yogurt containing live cultures of probiotics makes naturally occurring “prebiotics”. Consuming prebiotics for breakfast increases the beneficial bacteria in the gut when we eat other enzyme containing food throughout the day.

BREAKFAST OF THE SOCIAL PRINCESSES AND PRINCES

Mix these ingredients in a bowl:

  • 1 Cup - Uncooked Organic Oats (Quick or Old-fashioned)
  • 2 Cups - Non-Fat Plain Yogurt (Make sure it says “Live Cultures”)

Then fill individual jars with a screw top lid with oat/yogurt mixture. Add fruit:

  • 1 to 8 Ounces - Pineapple, Blueberries, Raspberries, or Bananas.

2. SUPPORT HEALTHY LIVER DETOXIFICATION TO DECREASE MOODINESS

Moodiness and frustration are common in kids who are not removing toxins effectively via liver. Issues with teachers, parents, siblings or friends become apparent. By supporting liver function, toxins are able to leave the body; moodiness disappears, frustration and anxiety decrease.

Super liver foods that help process toxins include cruciferous veggies and others that make natural glutathione. They are:

  • Asparagus
  • Cauliflower
  • Broccoli
  • Watermelon
  • Artichokes
  • Lemon in water (at least 4 glasses a day)

3. CREATE A NIGHT-TIME RITUAL FOR RESTFUL SLEEP

When our kids are not sleeping well, it impacts their ability to perform their best. In one study kids that slept less at night had more behavioral problems and mood disturbances during the day. It also impacted these kids ability to perform their best at math. So, how much sleep does your child need?

4-6 years old - 11 to 12 hours per day

7-12 Years Old: 10 - 11 hours per day

12-18 Years Old: 8 - 9 hours per day

Sleep deprivation can be resolved with changes to habits surrounding bedtime such as creating a night-time ritual.

AMAZING NIGHT-TIME RITUALS

  • Drink some water
  • Give a bath & brush teeth
  • Get cozy in pajamas
  • Read an amazing book to your child
  • Put a touch of lavender oil on your child’s pillow case

4. ADD PREBIOTIC INGREDIENTS TO YOUR MEALS TO INCREASE FOCUS AND CLARITY

One in five children in the US today has some form of a learning issue, according to American Academy of Pediatrics. There is a direct correlation between this and environmental pollution. Many parents are making sure their children are eating better by way of prebiotic breakfasts and delicious smoothies. The healthier kids eat and the more toxins they remove, the better their attention and focus in school with homework, and other activities.

BRAIN FOODS

  • Chlorella
  • Cilantro
  • Shitake and Maitake mushrooms
  • Gogi berries

These ingredients work to clean the cells and give energy that is vital to brain function. They increase teens’ ability to concentrate and bring energy to the adrenal system which is the body’s natural stress responder.

5. ANGER ISSUES? WASHING HANDS WILL HELP 75% OF THE TIME

Children experiencing unexplained angry outbursts, high levels of irritation and distraction will want to consider that unwanted organisms may be the cause. These critters create disturbances connected with neurotransmitters and soon, a person is just not “feeling like themself”.

Did you know kids with unwanted organisms left untreated did worse in reading and math in school than kids who took “care of them”? It’s as simple as washing the hands correctly and seeing your health practitioner if you suspect they are present. Common symptoms include: itchy rectum, increased craving of sugar and carbohydrates, and unexplained anger.

HOW TO WASH HANDS THE RIGHT WAY

  1. Wet hands with clean, running water and apply soap.
  2. Rub hands together, lather them well. Be sure to include the backs of hands and between fingers.
  3. With one hand, take the index finger and go around each cuticle and under each nail bed of the opposite hand. This is crucial, as we see eggs from unwanted organisms left under nail beds and around cuticles with the “simplified” hand washing.
  4. Continue rubbing hands for at least 20 seconds. Tell your kids to hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end, twice.
  5. Rinse hands well.
  6. Dry hands using a clean towel or air dry them. If you are in a public bathroom, use a drying towel to grip the door handle. Dispose neatly in the closest trash bin.

IS THIS EVERYTHING?

Not quite. There are definitely more steps you can take to help improve your child’s health. These are just a few easy steps you can take to help your child get on the right track to a happier and healthier school experience.

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* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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