Three-time Gold Medalist, wife and busy mom of two, Christie Rampone knows the importance of good health. As captain of the U.S. women's soccer team, she travels more than 200 days a year, often with her young children in tow. So stress, fatigue and staying healthy are daily battles.
Since days off are not an option for Rampone, she is offering five "stay healthy" tips that parents can follow all year long:
Eat healthy: It's no secret, a balanced diet is key for a healthy immune system. By focusing on a variety of fruits and vegetables and avoiding processed foods and sugary snacks, your family will get the nutrition it needs to fight off germs during the school year.
"Some of my favorite healthy snacks are carrots, celery and apples. They are easy to pack and extremely nutritious," says Rampone. "The trick is to create variety, because kids tend to grow tired of the same things quickly."
Get plenty of exercise: Frequent, moderate exercise is important for good health and strong immunity. On a daily basis, encourage children to play sports, run, bike ride or dance, all to keep their bodies fit, hearts pumping strong and minds happy. Better yet, join in on the fun yourself.
Sleep at least seven hours a night: Sleep is crucial to good health, both mentally and physically. A recent study shows that when you get less than seven hours sleep at night, you're three times more likely to come down with a cold or flu.
Take supplements as needed: Government recommendations call for five to eight servings of fruits and vegetables a day. But how many of us really get them? To help fill the gaps, look for nutritional supplements supported by published clinical research, like those containing EpiCor, an immune-strengthening ingredient found in many dietary supplement brands sold in stores. Rampone, who has battled Lyme disease, which wreaks havoc on the immune system, has been using such supplements for herself and her entire family.
Don't forget about you: As a parent, your first priority is usually the children. But you need to make sure that you also take care of yourself too, especially during the chaotic school and work week. Make sure that you drink enough water and get a few minutes each day to relax and recharge your immune battery.
More tips to keep children healthy can be found at epicorimmune.com.
While you can't avoid germs, you can take steps to strengthen your family's immunity and overall health.