Back to school, back to germs. With the change of the seasons and the opening of the classroom doors, parents know this all too well. We prepare ourselves for this phenomenon of a spike in illness every September – stocking up on foods that are going to help boost immunity and recover after illness, drinks and over the counter medication to ease the symptoms. With one child in school that’s bringing home all of the germs, there’s this sense of injustice in our house, as she’s the one who falls ill least often.
Stay Healthy: Make Better Food Choices
The Fall Spike in illness and flu can be prevented with diligent handwashing, we know this – but what about the foods that we’re eating? Foods that contribute to good overall and immune health, like: citrus fruits, seeds/nuts and orange vegetables have been shown to help maintain immune function, your first line of defense against the Fall Spike in illness. Try this citrus and beet salad recipe and roast the beets for more flavour (and to entice those picky eaters to get them in their bellies).
In addition to these nutrient-rich foods, protein found in eggs, meat, fish and legumes have been associated with boosting antibodies and aiding recovery – important for those times that the entire family (except for Olivia of course) is getting over a three-week-long cold. Add some chicken to these sweet potato nachos, and you’ve got a kid-friendly meal, that’s easy too.
Did you know? You can book a free appointment with an in-store registered dietitian for more information on foods that help support good overall and immune health.
Leafy greens, whole grain foods and winter squashes contain B vitamins, essential in maintaining good health, and should definitely be added to your grocery list. We like to add squash into sauces, sneak those greens into pasta dishes and include whole grain bread into our shopping trip, to boost the consumption of B vitamins through the winter months.
Stay Healthy: Get Your Flu Shot
Admittedly, we’ve been lax with getting the flu shot, only catching on to the habit in the last couple of years for the kids and I. Jamie has got it every year – and I don’t know if it’s a combination of luck and good handwashing – but he’s been the least sick of us all, consistently. The best way to prevent the flu is the flu shot, and it is available through in-store pharmacists at Real Canadian Superstores across the country, starting mid-October.
Did you know? You can shop for groceries at your local Real Canadian Superstore, and multi-task by visiting your in-store pharmacist and getting your flu shot at the same time!
The Fall Spike came right on time this year – with the entire family suffering from a cold, turned cough, turned tonsillitis, just in time for the second week of school. You can bet that this year – with a new infant in the house – we’ll be making a family appointment to ensure that our flu shots are up to date. Parenting is hard enough with a new baby, but parenting with the flu? That’s something that I want to avoid as well as I can!
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