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Nutrition For Kids: Sore Throats

be well eat well kids Jul 21, 2020

I've always been a little wary of cough medicine. As a kid, I used it any time I had a cough. Sometimes it worked, but most of the time, it didn't make any difference at all. I tried all the brands, tea and honey, lemon, etc. I tried all... the... things...

Two years ago I found the MediHerb product called Herbal Throat Spray, and now, I keep it on hand all... the... time... Literally, it even travels with me and stays on my nightstand for any middle of the night coughing.  

I use this spray not only for myself, but for my daughter who is now 2 years old anytime she gets a cough, sore throat, or starts getting sick.  (I started using it with her when she was about 12-18 months when needed).  

This spray is a combination of several herbs all with a specific purpose to help sore throat symptoms! 

Here are the great herbs (and their purpose) in the spray:

  • Marshmallow Root: A very soothing herb that helps soothe throats and coughs.
  • Sage: An herb that helps...
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Nutrition For Kids: Skin & Sun

be well eat well kids Jul 21, 2020

Let me share with you my go-to for all things skin related for myself and my daughter.  I use this for diaper rash, sunburn, dry skin, and more! Listen in as I talk about Standard Process's USF Ointment

Previous Kids Nutrition Topics: 

Check out all of the previous Kids Nutrition topics/blog posts found here on the Kids Nutrition page. (immune support, brain support, congestion support, sore throat support, skin support, multivitamin support, and more!)

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Kids Nutrition: Congestion, Colds, Infections, and More

be well eat well kids Jul 08, 2020

Got gunk? You know, the sneezy, sniffly, achy funk? As our kids prepare to go back to school this year, let me tell you what I always keep in my “health cabinet” for the inevitable. 

Today, I share a message about FEEDING the immune system.  I share one of my favorite products that I always keep on hand (and take anywhere I travel), called Congaplex.  It's basically food for the immune system in a single supplement, and pairs very nicely with Immuplex for total immune boosting support to help drain the "gunk" out.  

I use Congaplex Chewables for my daughter at first sign of "not feeling well."  I beef up the amount for her if she is sick with a cold, fever, or infection. (and I do the same for myself.) 

Having Vitamins A and C from whole foods like alfalfa, mushrooms, carrots, as well as herbs like echinacea, minerals like calcium lactate, and so much more, this is supplement helps to feed the cells of the body the foods needed to...

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Nutrition For Kids: Immune Support

be well eat well kids Jun 30, 2020

The immune system is a complex web, or alliance, of systems and organs in the body, not just one system. It is comprised of many systems that work together to protect the body from invaders (like bacteria, viruses, parasites, and other unwanted substances). 

Because of the complexity of the immune system, and the multitude of organs involved, there is not just one thing, or food, that will help improve immunity. It must be a variety of foods that support all of the organs and systems involved in the immune alliance.

  • The thymus gland is needed for lymphocytes (or white blood cells, the body's main immune cells)
  • The spleen is needed to help with lymph and blood.
  • The long skeletal bones are needed for bone marrow and blood.
  • The stomach is needed for digestion and the production of HCL which destroys pathogens that come into the body via food.
  • The intestinal flora is needed for digestion to destroy pathogens in the intestines as well as aid in the production of B12.
  • The...
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Nutrition For Kids: Calcium

be well eat well kids Jun 23, 2020

Calcium is the most abundant mineral in the body. In fact, there is more calcium in the body, than all of the other minerals combined.  If nothing else, this should reinforce how essential calcium is for us to understand! The good thing is, calcium is found in so many healthy foods, like nuts, seeds, broccoli, yogurt, and more (note: it's a myth that the best calcium comes from cows milk!)  Just do a quick google search to find some other great food based sources of calcium.  

But even if you eat enough calcium, there are several processes that the body needs to go through in order to assimilate that calcium and make it "work."  First, we need to be able to digest the calcium. Then, we need to make sure we have enough Vitamin D to get that calcium from our  guts to our blood. Thirdly, we need to have enough fatty acids (polyunsaturated type) to get that calcium from the blood into the tissues.  So, essentially, it's a complicated mineral.

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Nutrition For Kids: Multivitamins

be well eat well kids Jun 23, 2020

Looking to "fill in the gaps" of your kids' diet? Want to help feed their body cells with rich sources of vitamins, minerals, and nutrients found in real, organic, food? Check out Catalyn Chewables from Standard Process. 

This multivitamin contains 12 whole foods, including carrot root, organ meats like liver, alfalfa, mushroom, and so much more. Here's a link to the full label so that you can see the full blend of whole foods included.  (clearly it's not a vegetarian or vegan product, but if that is of concern to you, the animals/foods are all raised in a humane, organic, free range farm up in Palmyra, WI). 

Listen in as I share why it's so important to not only eat, but supplement with whole food products, as the "whole is greater than the sum of its parts."  

It's time to counteract the effects of the S.A.D. (the Standard American Diet).  This is a product that I personally use and trust. It is cold processed, meaning the foods haven't...

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A Letter To My 2 Year Old White Daughter About Black Lives Matter.

Uncategorized Jun 11, 2020

This letter that you are about to read is a private message that I wrote to my (almost) 2yr old daughter.  I did not intend to share it publicly, but something was calling me to do so, and so, here it is.  Read it. Ignore it. Share it. Learn from it. But please don't hate on it.  Eliminating racism has to start in the home.  People are not born racist. They are taught it, whether intentional or unintentional.  I want her generation to "get it," unlike my generation, and generations before.   

Written on June 8, 2020

Dear McKinley,

You're not quite 2 years old, but today, you went to your first protest.  When you look back at the history books, 2020 is going to be a chaotic year.  We (America) are living in a deep wound of pain that began hundreds of years ago when black lives were seen as "less than."  People (white people) are finally banding together with our black neighbors, family, and friends to say enough is...

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Nutrition For Kids: Fish Oil

be well eat well kids Jun 10, 2020

Let me start by saying, yes. Yes it's most important for kids (and every human for that matter) to continue eating real, whole foods to get their vitamins and minerals.  However, sometimes we need extra help, and that's where vitamin and mineral supplementation comes into play.  

When I talk about supplementation, I am talking about food. I am talking about getting higher doses of a specific nutrient than you could actually eat. (I mean, who is going to eat a bushel of beets in order to get the healing benefit that their body needs? or who's going to eat enough liver, or other organ meat on a daily basis to get those essential vitamins and minerals?)  

So, in every lesson about supplements, I am actually talking about food.  I do not recommend synthetic vitamins (meaning they are man made).  I only recommend vitamins that are sourced from real, whole, organic foods.  

Today, I share with you about Fish Oil.  Listen in as I talk...

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Take your popcorn game to a healthier level, or not!

be well eat well May 07, 2020

Take a listen to my quick message about a favorite snack food, popcorn!  In this video, I'll play a little devil's advocate and teach you not only how to make your popcorn healthier (and easier), but also why you may NOT want to eat popcorn for your health. This way you can make your own decisions about your snack habits! 

 

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Quarantine Running: Virtual Running Clinic Discount

move well Apr 30, 2020

Join me! Use code QUARANTINE5K for 50% off. But don't wait, this discount expires May 1st, 2020!

Get lesson 1 for free at https://www.trainerinyourbackpocket.com/5k

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