Temple turned two in January, so these are the supplements we’ve decided on with the guidance of our naturopath and pediatrician. Please talk with your doctor about what may be best for your children. This is just to act as a guide for some ideas you may want to research further. I am not adding the amount of each that Temple takes since this is tailored to her weight/age. I don’t feel comfortable sharing the amount since I am not a medical provider. If you decide on one of these supplements, then I recommend you discuss the dosage for your child with your provider.
I typically order my supplements via Fullscript on my Naturopaths account. Fullscript is a supplier that you can trust when ordering supplements online. I would be cautious and do research when ordering supplements on Amazon because you never know if it’s legit.
Temple’s Daily Supplements
- Vitamin D- I believe Vitamin D is one of the most important supplements for all of us. We get our Vit D levels tested regularly to determine our dose we should take. And remember, nothing beats good ole Vitamin D from the sun outside! We typically lower our doses in the summer when we are spending more time outside getting natural sunlight.
- Bio D– I get this one via our pediatrician. We store it in the fridge and have been using this since Temple was about six months old!
- Probiotic- I like to switch around her probiotic, so she gets different strands. Below are the two I am currently using. The powder one I use when making smoothies, mixed into yogurt, etc. and the chewable she loves for more of an easy daily option.
- NFH Trident SAP Fish Oil Gummy
- Mary’s Liquid Multi– Temple likes the taste of this by itself, but you could add to juice, smoothies, etc. This is an excellent multi for adults, too.
- Mary’s Immunity Support Gummies or Elderberry Syrup
- Mary’s Vitamin C Gummies
Temple’s supplements I currently give her a few days a week
A few of these products are added for immune support of Covid19. Here is a wonderful article about COVID and children that a pediatrician that I love and trust wrote. She also has this great article with great tips on immune support during this time, too. Below are the things we have added for Temple a few days a week. Remember, our diets and lifestyle are a huge factor in our immune systems, so I try my best to feed Temple a healthy diet, and then these supplements aid in a little extra immune boost! Fresh air, exercise, and a healthy diet are always the best medicine!!!
- Liposomal Vitamin C– 2x a week. I add this to juice or smoothies.
- Vital Kids Berry Well Immune Support– this targets the immune system in the gut. I only use this a few times a week in juice, smoothies, popsicles, etc. for an extra immune boost.
- Seeking Health Vitamin A drops– we use this once a week during this Covid19 time for extra immune support. I add this to juice, smoothies, or yogurt.
- Xclear– nightly in each nostril during Covid19. This is also great to use if we feel we have been around someone sick, if Temple has been at a birthday party or playdate with lots of germs floating around, etc.
“Irrigate your nose. While we do not know if nasal irrigation makes a difference for prevention of COVID-19, I believe that one of the MOST preventive things you can do for any viral respiratory illness is to irrigate your, and your children’s, nasal passages with saline or Xlear nasal spray at the end of every day and after any potential exposure (work, school, playgroups, plane travel, etc.). One study found that people who did preventive daily nasal irrigation had significantly fewer episodes of upper respiratory symptoms, shorter symptom duration, and fewer days with nasal symptoms compared to those who did not irrigate their nose daily (34). Xlear is a saline nasal spray with xylitol and grapefruit seed extract, both of which have antimicrobial properties. You cannot overdo it, and will not get “addicted” to it. Other options for nasal irrigation are a regular saline spray, Neti pot, and other sinus rinses like Neilmed.
**Apart from regular hand washing, I believe that daily and frequent nasal irrigation is one of the MOST important things that we can do to prevent influenza and other viral respiratory infections from taking hold.** This is because after exposure to a virus, the influenza virus tries to invade and multiply in your nasal passages for at least 1-2 days before you develop any symptoms. Nasal irrigation can wash away viral particles before they have the opportunity to take hold, and thereby prevent many infections from happening in the first place!”- Elisa Song
- Briar Rose- I give this to her a few times a week for immune support. During winter months, I give her this daily. I usually purchase mine at my pediatrician office.
We have other supplements we keep on hand for when our kiddos or we get sick, immune support, and vaccine detox. Maybe I will share that list in a later blog post if you all are interested!? I also have this blog post with some other great supplements we keep on hand for the onset of sickness for our family.
Two of My Go-to Smoothie Recipes
Below are two easy smoothie recipes to try for your littles. I love sneaking Temple’s liquid or powdered supplements into smoothies. Below are the cups I like for smoothies. It’s also fun to make smoothies into popsicles.
Cocoa Strawberry-Banana Peanut Butter Smoothie
- 1.5 cups milk
- 1.5 banana (I prefer using frozen bananas)
- 1/2 cup strawberries
- 1 tsp. cocoa powder
- 3 tbsp peanut butter (or nut butter of choice)
- 1 small handful of spinach
- 1/2 cup fruit of choice- we usually do frozen blueberries, strawberries, or blackberries with this recipe
- 1/2 avocado
- 1/2 cup Full Fat Vanilla Greek Yogurt (you can sub any yogurt you prefer!)
- 1/2 cup milk of choice. You can do more or less milk depending on the texture you like for your smoothies.
Fun Smoothie add-ons and toppings
- Amazing Grass Green Superfood
- ground flax seeds (good source of healthy fat and fiber)
- hemp hearts (good source of healthy fat and proteins)
- Chia seeds (good source of Omega 3s, and fiber)