Back to School Nutrition
As summer is soon coming to a close and the first day of school just around the corner, I find myself planning for the upcoming school year. This includes getting all the usual school supplies, new shoes, notebooks, crayons, scissors, etc. just like any other family. But, I wanted to share one of the things a “Chiropractic Mom” thinks about when getting ready for school, like what does my kid need to make sure she can stay healthy and focused throughout the day?
When my daughter started Pre-school a couple years ago, the first two weeks she was an emotional roller-coaster! At first, I couldn’t figure out why she was so ornery, crying about the smallest things, and could not stay on task, where normally she is very joyful, able to stay on task, and emotionally stable. Things mellowed out after a while, but then winter break came and after she went back to school the same thing happened again. After talking to my sister about it, I realized I wasn’t the only one, her girls experienced similar mood swings the first couple weeks of school. So I decided to figure out what was making the change and nutrition tested her. From the testing, we found she was needing a certain product from Standard Process called Min-Chex, which usually helps with focus and balancing hormones.
What a game-changer that was! It completely balanced out her emotions and she wasn’t so spacey anymore, but could actually focus again and was much more like her normal self.
After talking to several other moms, it seems like this is a very common occurance in our little ones those first couple weeks of school.
Whenever someone is learning something new, or when we are under a lot of stress, our brain needs more minerals to function. If these minerals are not being replaced in our diet, the brain cannot function optimally and will not be able to calm down as well as when we have the minerals we need. Common symptoms of mineral deficiencies are feeling scatter-brained, spacey, and like our mind is constantly racing. People tend to lay in bed at night, unable to calm their minds down to go to sleep when they are mineral deficient.
When Kindergarten came around I planned ahead and actually gave her some extra minerals starting the day before school and our transition was so much better than the previous year. This year I plan to do the same. Other products I make sure she is on is Catalyn ( a multi-vitamin), an Omega -3 suppplement, and a probiotic. Finding a good quality supplement is important, which is why I love the nutrition testing to determine which products your body wants specifically.
I would urge you to bring your child in for a nutrition testing analysis to make sure his/her brain is functioning optimally for this upcoming school year. This can save you from the emotional roller-coaster in those first couple weeks of school and help your child to focus throughout the day.
A kids initial consultation and testing is only $50 and $25 for any appointments needed after that.
Their brain is their most important school supply. Lets make sure we are providing our children the nutrition their brain needs to focus and learn. Their teachers will appreciate it too!