I heard on the news about the Children’s virus that is quickly spreading across the Midwestern U.S. These things always give me an initial freak-out reaction that goes something like, “We’re not going ANYWHERE, and we’re going to wash our hands at least a hundred and seven times a day, and if we DO have to go anywhere, we will not even BREATHE!” One of my worst nightmares as a mother is having to see one of my children in the hospital battling a deadly illness. Most of that probably stems from watching my firstborn baby struggling for life in a neonatal ICU for his first week, so yes, I get a little overly-paranoid.
My next reaction is to form a more realistic battle plan. I hollered at the kids, “Everybody look at Mommy!” Eight eyes turned toward me, and I launched into the whole, “We’re going to build our immune systems” pep talk. Four blank stares. Right; not nutrition researchers. Scratch that. New tactic.
“Did you guys know there is a superhero living INSIDE of you?”
Oh yeah! THAT got their attention!
Amidst disbelieving giggles and bright eyes, I told them, “Yes! Seriously! There is a superhero living inside of you! It’s called your Immune System.”
“That Superhero lives inside of you and fights the bad guys that try to get in and make you sick. Does anyone know where he gets his superpowers?”
More wide-eyes and giggles. My oldest superkid ventured an answer, “Our food?”
Whew! I guess I’m doing something right if at least one of my children knows that foundational answer!
“Right! How is our food a superpower?”
…OK, maybe I still have some teaching to do…
“Our food has vitamins and proteins that our Superhero uses to fight off the Supervillains. If we don’t eat enough vitamins and protein, our Superhero loses his powers! And sugar is like Kryptonite!!!
My superhero connoisseur gave him a persona, and we named him Super Vitaminman. I loved the addition of that villainous bug!
Here is our plan to combat Cold and Flu Season 2014:
No sugar! This is always my foundation because sugar kills white blood cells. Without white blood cells on the front lines, you’re battling a lost cause.
Lots of protein. Protein is the building block for healthy cells, especially those white ones! So eat that juicy steak and golden-roasted chicken as if your life depends on it! Because it does ; )
More fresh stuff. We already eat a good amount of fruit and veggies in our house, but we can always do better, so we’re super-charging our veggie intake to get all those antioxidants, probiotics, and enzymes to fight bad bacteria.
Fill in the holes. Just eating fruits and veggies isn’t always enough these days. Sometimes they need an extra boost to bring the vitamin content up to what it used to be half a century ago. There are a dozen reasons our veggies and fruits leave holes behind, but that’s another story for another day. For now, there are holes to be filled. In our home we fill our holes with… *drumroll please*
Super-vitamins for super-kids who want super-powers. No need for plasma bolts when you’ve got THIS in your hand!
This is the only children’s multi-vitamin available in the U.S. that has Lactoferrin. That sounds like an awesome name for a superhero, doesn’t it?! Lactoferrinman…? Never mind!
Lactoferrin is a nutrient in breastmilk that gives babies an extra immune boost. If your baby never had the opportunity to breastfeed, they could sure use some of this stuff! Even if your baby DID breastfeed, there’s nothing wrong with an extra boost, especially during cold and flu and allergy season : )
Incredivites have zero artificial sweeteners, colors, preservatives, or contaminates (like lead!), and all the vitamins are extracted from real food ingredients, nothing synthesized in a lab! I’ve searched far and wide and I can’t find anything else that comes close to the vitamin content in these incredible chewables. Nor have I found anything else that does as good of a job at protecting my kiddos from all the flu bugs. They’re sweetened with Xylitol, so not only are they not BAD for your teeth, they’re actually GOOD for your teeth. All four of my kiddos have taken these as soon as they had the teeth to chew them with (some of them even before that; I just crushed them up and added them to their baby food!).
And if all THAT isn’t enough, just check out the Super designs on the tablets : ) Which one does YOUR kid think is the coolest? Mine love the surprise of seeing which super power they get each morning ; )
Go here to get these for your own kiddos, or leave a comment below if you want to know more! I love questions : )