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healthykids Staying Healthy Naturally


Top Cold and Flu Fighters for Children


by Dr. Lauri Grossman


ith the onset of school, parents are stocking up on essentials, including at-home remedies to help keep kids healthy this winter. Natural Awakenings has com- piled several leading experts’ best tips.


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Green and Yellow Produce Dr. James Balch, a leading natural health expert, urologist and pioneering author in healing nutrition, recommends menus rich in colored fruits and vegetables filled with carotenes. “These foods are potent antioxidants, help with immune function and are involved with the growth and repair of tissues,” he writes. For picky eaters, serve crispy carrot sticks, buttery sweet potatoes and juicy apples.


Nuts and Seeds


Keep crunchy sunflower seeds within easy reach. High in vitamin E, they help children resist the flu and upper respiratory infections. Brazil nuts are good too, because they are high in selenium that keep bacteria and viruses from replicating.


Healing Herbs


Burke Lennihan, a registered nurse, certified homeopath and author of Your Natural Medicine Cabinet, en- courages parents to stock up on gar- lic, ginger, turmeric and cayenne. “There’s a reason why [these herbs] are so popular worldwide,” she says, “and it’s not just the flavor. They have anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and other medicinal properties that modern science is just beginning to document.” Another helpful resource is Heal- ing Spices: How to Use 50 Everyday


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and Exotic Spices to Boost Health and Beat Disease, by Dr. Bharat Aggarwal, also a Ph.D. and researcher at the Uni- versity of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, in Houston.


Natural Cough Syrup “Elderberry syrup is great for coughs,” advises Lennihan. “A study done in Israel showed that elderberry extract is as effective against the flu as Tamiflu.”


Fermented Cod Liver Oil Dr. Deborah Gordon, of Ashland, Oregon (DrDeborahMD.com), recom- mends that parents use supplements relied on as basics in the home genera- tions ago: “All children benefit from fermented cod liver oil.” Although it tastes bad, it’s one of the most effective immune boosters available in a safe and easily absorbable form.


Vitamin D


While protecting skin from direct sun rays is an ongoing concern, current research shows that many children are deficient in the vitamin D sunshine provides. Gordon advises parents, “Ask your pediatrician to test your children to determine if they need supplements.”


Powerful Probiotics In Treatment Alternatives for Children, Dr. Lawrence Rosen, who practices at the Whole Child Center, in Oradell, New Jersey, notes: “By adding probi- otics to vitamin D supplementation, parents can be even more certain to keep the flu away from their children.”


Homeopathy Help Lennihan maintains that using homeopathy can stop a child’s nascent cold before it blossoms fully. “When your son shows signs of lower energy and just wants to lie on the couch, or your daughter has a mild fever and says her throat is a bit scratchy, those are the times for fer- rum phosphoricum,” she says. “The 6x potency will keep the cold from ever developing.” Two pellets, three times a


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