LH Health and Wellness: Back to School Supplements

It’s back-to-school time! As we wind down from summer, in addition to buying backpacks and lunch boxes, we also have to think about the cold and flu season upon us. A lot of our children will be starting at new schools with a new environment. This is wonderful and exciting, but also means they may be exposed to some new germs. I, personally, have a new baby at home and a child starting at a brand new full-day school. So, I thought I would share my tips with the supplements I will be using to promote immunity and hopefully, ward-off germs that may find their way around the classroom.

Everyone knows I love a good probiotic. And I highly recommend going to talk to the staff at Basic Foods on Washington Street to find the one that’s right for you. Pictured is the UDO‘S toddler‘s probiotic. It is powder and easy to mix into milk or food.

When I start to see sniffles and runny nose, I break out the Gaia KidsDefense tonic. It is physician formulated and contains echinacea.

Vitamin D is crucial to overall health and wellness. With this or any supplement, always check with your doctor first.

Lastly, we all know good healthy fats are important for our little ones' brain development. I discovered this kid-friendly omega-3 recently. If you have a picky eater like I do, this can be a great way to ensure those healthy fats are incorporated into your child’s diet.

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Jessica Crystal is an RN, BSN with a degree from the University of Delaware, a holistic health coach certified from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, and a mom to a busy preschooler, Emma and new baby, Abigail. She enjoys yoga, reading, and shopping and eating on Washington Street. She has lived in Hoboken for many years with her husband Adam. Jessica runs Little Hoboken Health and Wellness and you can see her on Instastories every Wednesday for Wellness Wednesdays (@littlehoboken).