BACK TO SCHOOL: ABC Nutrients for Lunches

Can you believe it? August is here. Meaning it’s time to get ready to go back to school. This means buying school supplies, lunch items, new school clothes and a new school year. Since 2020, a typical school routine has been non-existent; virtual classrooms, masks, desks with dividers, reduced socialization with one another. Thankfully, this fall semester will be a semblance of what school used to look like; crowded school yards, playtime, full classrooms and smiling faces. With all the excitement of going back to school especially post COVID-19 pandemic, we must be aware of sicknesses and our immune system.

A kid in a blue shirt holding up buzz lightyear toys in front of his face

Let's keep it simple. Here are some common vitamins to give your kiddo's immune system a boost:


Vitamin A:

  • Carrots

  • Pumpkin

  • Sweet potato

  • Butternut squash

  • Dark leafy green vegetables

Vitamin C:

  • Spinach

  • Kale

  • Strawberries

  • Brussel sprouts

Vitamin D:

  • Salmon

  • Tuna

  • Sardines

  • Mackerel

Vitamin E:

  • Peanuts

  • Sunflower oil

  • Soybean oil

  • Hazelnuts

  • Almonds

Iron:

  • Oysters

  • Canned tuna

  • Canned sardines

  • Turkey

  • Chicken


Most multivitamins have these vitamins and more to assist in boosting that immune system before school begins. Let’s all take our part in being safe, remaining healthy and having a great year of learning, sick free.



Your Physical Therapist,


Dr. Mièka Bryan PT, DPT





References


  1. https://health.clevelandclinic.org/eat-these-foods-to-boost-your-immune-system/



Disclaimer:


This information is generalized and intended for educational purposes only. Due to potential individual contraindications, please see your primary care provider before implementing any strategies in these posts



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