Supplements for immune support and speech delays
It seems that when one child gets something, they all give it to each other. I was asking around for some suggestions for immune support and I heard the same things from three people: Elderberry Syrup. Two of the people that suggested the Elderberry syrup are Doctors, so I really value their opinions.
I am going to share with you what I learned (& don’t forget to check the bottom for the vitamins that I swear by!)
What is Elderberry Syrup?
Elderberry syrup have been shown to boost immunity, decrease mucous production during colds and fight the flu.
It helps your body fight certain diseases. They are rich in Vitamins A & C (which help the body maintain great health!). It is crucial in helping the body maintain optimal health. They boost the immune system because it helps to increase antioxidant levels. When taken daily, it can prevent disease.
A daily dose can assist you in preventing both acute and chronic disease.
It makes colds more tolerable by reducing mucous (Our kids would be happy about that. They HATE having stuffy noses!) It fights swelling in your respiratory passages and relives your cough. On top of this, it can shorten the length of your flu or cold and decrease you symptoms.
“According to a study in the Journal of International Medical Research, patients given elderberry syrup recovered an average of 4 days faster from the flu than those not taking the supplement. Elderberries have even been shown in the labs to help prevent swine and avian flu strains.” (Though this should NOT take the place of the flu vaccine!)
It is also used for sinus pain, back and leg pain (sciatica), nerve pain (neuralgia), and chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) .
Some people use elderberry for “hay fever, cancer, as a laxative for constipation, to increase urine flow, and to cause sweating.” (WebMD)
Elderberry fruit is also used for making wine and as a food flavoring, so I will feel safe giving it to our kids. I have yet to find anything negative on this. It seems safe & wonderful, so we are going to try it in our house.
-They do warn against taking it if you are pregnant, like many supplements, since studies have not been done on pregnant women .
I am NOT a Doctor and am NOT telling you to get this, but I am going to try it for our own children. We always have something going around our house, so I am hoping that this will help! I ordered mine through Vitacost for $7.49… Save up to 50% Everyday at Vitacost.com! Click Here! It was the cheapest place that I could find it online, BUT I then made a referral page on my IHERB website (I use this one frequently) and they are going to give you $10 off if you go through the IHERB YOUR MODERN FAMILY PAGE. Or get $10 off of $30 at vitacost with this link: https://www.vitacostrewards.com/hpwiESX
Check WebMD for dosage (that’s where I looked tonight for dosage info when I was checking into it).
Another supplement that I SWEAR BY is Balanced Essesential for our kids. Our neurologist (our son’s neurologist) is known for being the best in the area. He has over a year waiting list and is currently not even taking new patients, but we happened to get in four years ago when he had an opening. He has been our “God-send”. He has helped us through a LOT of issues that we were dealing with with our son. He refereed us to surgeons that have been wonderful, therapists that have made a world of difference, and he even answers my e-mails when I have a quick question!
So, when our son was going down-hill, due to his poor nutrition (he could not tolerate any food and his body literally resisted it- see that story here), started having sensory issues and had a speech delay, he told us to try this vitamin supplement: Balanced Essentials. He said that lack of nutrition and vitamins can cause all of those things. He also told me NOT to use the store-bought chewable vitamins that everyone gets because many of them don’t get absorbed properly and they contain dyes & additives, which is not good for our children’s growing bodies and brains. I did find a chewable alternative (see at the bottom) that fit the criteria of what we needed in a vitamin.
He also told us to start juicing, too, which we try to do daily. We buy the day-old fruit at Harris Teeter or produce at Aldis, bring it home & make juice. Juicing can get expensive, but it is a quick way to get spinach and other fruits and vegetables into our kids. (Add apples and it will make everything taste good!)
Back to Balanced Essentials: it has everything that kids would be getting IF they eat a very balanced diet. (It is great for grown-ups, too)
This Balanced Essesntials has:
• 94 Vital Nutrients
• 12 Natural Vitamins
• 17 Amino Acids
• Omega 3,6,9
• 62 Major & Trace Minerals
• 10 Phytonutrient Rich Plants
I give it to all of our kids now (he told us to do 1 ounce a day per child). We saw immediate results from this vitamin. Our son’s speech picked up so quickly that we were amazed- he was going to get speech therapy & after this he didn’t need it anymore. Really! (Again, his body rejected EVERY food and drink for years. It is amazing that his body could even sustain itself). His muscles became less tense (he has something called Hypertonia- Increased muscle tone). It has been fantastic for him and for all of our kids. It gives me a peace of mind when they only eat one bite of vegetables at dinner, instead of all of it (or 1 pea- if you are our two-year old!)
I tell everyone about it! If your child is picky or if you notice any sort of delay, this worked wonders and I order it (I currently have two bottles in our fridge- so that we don’t run out!)
Get this at iherb.com with $5-$10 off using this link (You can also get $10 off for your family & friends by sending them your referral link after you buy. I shop there frequently, so I already had an account & page, I just changed it from my name to Your Modern Family so that it would be easier for you to find. Or save $10 at Vitacost with this link: https://www.vitacostrewards.com/hpwiESX
I keep two in my refrigerator because I do not want to run out! It was expensive to get two bottles at once but you get MUCH more for your money because it is a big bottle and lasts for months. The kids line up to take it – our two year old calls it his “Spidermans” (Too hard to say Vitamins, I guess! haha!)
Here is our two year old modeling them for you-
Here is the link to the lowest places that I found them (vitacost) if you decide that you want to get these: Click Here to Buy Top Brand Vitamins at Wholesale Cost! or save $10 off at: iherb (making it even cheaper!)
Also, we have used Animal Parade Vitamins (through vitacost.com I forget the price, but when I checked online tonight while I was writing this, it said “Too low to show you. Add it to your cart.” They are on sale now. Here’s the link: Click Here to Buy Top Brand Vitamins at Wholesale Cost! – or get it cheaper by saving $10 using this link: IHERB at YOUR MODERN FAMILY - they are cheaper & have no dyes. They are wonderful, too! I keep these at our house and sometimes use them instead of the balanced essentials for a little variety for the kids. They are not at all like the regular “Flintstones” type that you get in the store. (Again- we try to be dye-free if we can. Our neurologist told us to stay away from red dyes for a variety of reasons. He is very aware of ‘healthy eating to promote a healthy lifestyle’.)
I hope that this post helped you! Stay HEALTHY!!
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