Whether your kid overloaded on candy for Halloween, or just had a little…these TOP 8 tips are beneficial to reset the immune system after being overwhelmed by sugar.
Depending on what you and your family does for holidays, most likely your child did partake in school parties, fall festivals and lots of candy after trick-or-treating! Every family is unique and has different ways of how they raise their kids, and different views on how they go about treats and sweets. With our oldest son who is now 5, we do things a bit differently. For school parties, and or trick-or-treating, we allow him to participate and join in with the fun, but we use a “trade-in” philosophy. We buy a stash of treats and goodies from better option brands of candy that we like and let him swap them out for the brands that do not contain color dyes, high fructose corn syrup and are organic and mostly non-gmo. This is simply how we handle Halloween, and what we personally are comfortable with.
These are the immune-supporting steps to reset our sons body and simply detox it safely to ensure the immune system does not become sluggish. This is the time we begin to see kids take on more illnesses and become sick more often. Halloween is a big precursor for suppressing the immune system by overwhelming it with sugar, which basically puts a roadblock in our body’s defense system in how well we stay strong and fight off illness. This is usually the trend starting late October and going through early February with an excess of sugar, less sunshine outside, less sleep, and schedule overload in the holidays with more over-activity/stress.
Here are my TOP 8 tips we do as a family to boost our child’s immune system post Halloween:
**First and foremost, these detox tips will not work if the candy is still lingering around the house, so time to chunk it!
1.) Vitamin D3 : we bump this up for overall immune function. Vitamin d3 is technically a hormone that is produced when we get adequate sunlight on our skin. With fall through spring that level naturally is depleted and is a huge factor in helping our immune system fight off illness. Vitamin d3 is measured in “IU’s” and the average dosing is 35 IU’s per pound of body weight. (For example, my 5 year old gets about 1,000 IU’s per day on average and a little more during the winter. We normally give extra that entire week following Halloween with a few simple drops either directly in mouth, or in his water. Optimal Vitamin d3 levels should range between 50-70 ng/ml in blood work. I have an entire video discussing Vitamin d3 here for more additional information
2.) N-Acetyl-L-Cysteine OR Glutathione : We give ONE or the OTHER. This is something I give my son once, or maybe twice in those following days. NAC (N-Acetyl-L-cysteine) supports antioxidant and detoxification activity. It’s a source of the essential amino acid L-cysteine and a precursor to glutathione. According to our local natural compounding pharmacist, 100 mg is considered safe for children on average, and we personally do just a bit more. I’ve given a capsule to my son when he has had cough or bronchial symptoms. It comes in capsule form and we have our son take with water, because it has a nasty strong smell if you were to break the capsule open to pour on food. There is actually great research here and here showing positive effects of NAC on children with pediatric OCD, psychiatric conditions and also for Autism, ADHD and cognitive behavioral conditions.
Glutathione is commonly known as the “mother of all antioxidants,” the powerhouse antioxidant. It’s crucial in helping prevent damage to cellular components caused by reactive oxygen species such as free radicals, heavy metals, foreign matter and toxins. We need Glutathione to be able to detoxify properly and efficiently. “Liposomal Glutathione” is a great option for CHILDREN AGES 4 AND UP to help protect cells, aid in liver function and support a healthy immune system. Dr. Ben Lynch is a well-respected physician that goes deeper into the Glutathione topic, I highly recommend his products on his website.
**As mentioned above, you can do one of these options, you don’t need to do both.
3.) Lots of H2O: It is common sense, but we tend to neglect how important it is to make sure our kids are getting half their body weight in ounces. Cut out the juices, milk, sodas (I hope this is something that has already been eliminated out of their diet) and any other beverage besides water. Water will re-hydrate the organs, and help flush out sugar and toxins through the kidneys and liver. Very crucial that they get adequate amounts of water following lots of sugar, so keep those water bottles filled and set a timer if you need to remind yourself to check in with how much your child has drank each day.
4) Sulfur-rich vegetables: Pack your child’s diet with Broccoli, cauliflower, kale, cabbage, brussel sprouts, and bok choy. Steam them, add to smoothies or saute in skillet, just make sure to cut up before serving as that helps the release of sulfur within the veggie. If they will eat them raw, pour a yummy dressing over them like one of “Primal Kitchen’s” dressing. Our son loves the Honey Mustard dressing and will eat raw veggies with this. These veggies are considered “Sulforaphane” veggies and are important as they provide nutrients that are anti-inflammatory and support the detoxification process in the liver. They are also known to help prevent cancer cells and help aid the antioxidant, Glutathione which I discussed up above.
5) Green smoothies: This is one of the best ways to ensure your kids get the necessary greens into their diet. Some children gladly will eat spinach, kale and mixed greens in their meals, others hesitate. So pack your blenders with a few handfuls of organic spinach, kale, red swiss chard or mixed greens to get these incredible phytonutrients into their day. I have several kid smoothie recipes in my kids wellness book, here. Greens are vital in helping alkalize the body to a better PH level. When the body becomes too acidic, it’s a perfect breeding environment for illness and disease to thrive in. Guess what turns the body acidic? SUGAR.
6.) Fiber: Get those fiber-rich foods into your child’s diet to help flush out bile, toxins and sugar that is and will be accumulating in the body. This is vital if your child already has issues with constipation or struggles to be consistent in 1-3 bowel movements per day. Incorporate more fruits ( banana, apples, mango, raspberries, oranges) Beans & legumes, dark colored vegetables and nuts and seeds (we love hemp heart seeds), prunes if necessary.
7.) Vitamin C: This is another common sense tip for helping boost a child’s immune system, but none the less… it is highly important. Vitamin C is great for preventative care, but it’s also essential for active care when we get sick. Incorporate more Vitamin C rich foods like: red pepper, tomatoes, broccoli, sprouts, spinach, winter squash, oranges, and all leafy greens. If you do supplement with Vitamin C, make sure it’s a quality supplement that is easily absorbed, methylated and does NOT contain any artificial ingredients in the formulation. You can check out my kids wellness book here to read my top supplement brand choices within the “Immune Support” chapter for kids.
8.) Immunoglobin immune system support supplement: This product is not only important in helping produce more of our own body’s natural immunoglobins and antibodies, but it also aids in the support of healthy gut lining, gut function and protects against bacteria and viruses. We give our son these capsules or powder intermittently when we can tell he is showing signs of illness, or he has been around others who are sick, or after Halloween for example. A great immune-boosting supplement for overall healthy function of the body. For more information on this product, check out the “Immune Fx” product here.
There are many more that I could discuss, but these are just a few tips we do as a family to ensure our children’s immune system is thriving and functioning to the best of it’s ability. So, now that it’s been a few days since Halloween, it’s past time to chunk the candy still lying around and incorporate these tips into making sure your child flushes out and rids the sugar, dyes, and ingredients that slow down and impair the immune system.