Today marks the first day back to school! This can be such an exciting time for children, teenagers, and adults! Although we typically think of children when we think back to school time, more and more adults are headed back to school these days as well – and need the extra support too!

Whether you’re looking to boost your kids immune system this Fall, or you’re looking to sharpen your brain power, we’ve got you covered with the top 6 back to school must-haves! 3 suggestions for kids, and 3 for teens and adults!

1. MultiVitamins for Kids – Progressive

Aids in proper physical and mental development. Improves focus, concentration and mental acuity!

While your children are growing and maturing the nutrients they consume play a critical role in ensuring not only robust health, but also their proper development both physically and mentally.

Progressive Multivitamins for kids offers a comprehensive strategy for supporting the unique nutritional needs of active children.

  • Vegetables & Green Foods
  • Whole Fruit Concentrates
  • Mineral Citrates
  • D3, Flax & DHA
  • Kid friendly taste!

2. Vitamin D 1000 IU Kids – Strawberry Banana Flavour – Sisu

Helps in the development and maintenance of bones and teeth.

Vitamin D is produced naturally in the body when our skin is exposed to strong sunlight. However, in the northern hemisphere, this type of light is not available during much of the year, therefore Canadians are at a greater risk of deficiency or sub-optimal levels. Maintaining adequate vitamin D levels is particularly important in children as growing bodies need it for the proper absorption of calcium and its retention in the bones.

3. Pure DHA – Childlife Essentials

The superstar nutrient for supporting healthy brain growth and function.

Brain Food. 60% of the brain grows from, develops from, and is comprised of fats and oils. Of these, 50% is just one fatty acid: DHA. DHA is also particularly abundant in the nervous system, and therefore it may help support healthy nervous system function and development. Purified and Tested. When it comes to cod liver oil, it is critical that the product be purified and free of detectable levels of toxins. ChildLife® uses the finest purification methods available, such as molecular distillation, to safely remove toxins without compromising on quality.*

4. Lion’s Mane – Purana

Why take lion’s mane? – to boost cognitive performance and neurological health!

Lion’s mane mushroom is a natural and caffeine-free way to support mental fatigue and brain fog, improving concentration and productivity. It helps with energy because it contains compounds that support cognitive function – called hericenones and erinacines. These compounds are metabolized by the body into nerve growth factor, a protein that plays an important role in brain health.

Nerve growth factor (NGF) helps to support your cognitive function as it strengthens connections between neurons (brain cells). It also supports the formation of new brain cells. Additionally, NGF helps to protect your brain from age-related damage.

5. Stress-FX Stress Formula – Healthology

STRESS-FX improves mental clarity, anxiety, and memory, while helping us to recover more quickly from the physical and mental stressors of daily life.

STRESS-FX is formulated to lower cortisol levels and promote a state of calmness and relaxation. It lowers anxiety, improves memory and concentration, and improves sleep. STRESS-FX helps us to respond to stressful situations in a healthier way to lessen the impacts of stress on the body and mind.

When we feel stress, the body responds as though we are being chased by a lion. It jumps into a ‘fight-or-flight’ state and releases a cocktail of hormones from the adrenal glands, including cortisol and adrenaline.

The most important way to reduce cortisol and minimize these fight-or-flight reactions is to reduce stress. Unfortunately, that is not always possible, so supplementation can help your body cope with stress more effectively. STRESS-FX is formulated to help us maintain our healthy rest-and-digest state. It helps us alleviate stress by lowering cortisol levels, and it promotes relaxation through boosting our calming hormone, GABA (Gamma-Aminobutyric Acid).

6. Ginkgo Biloba – AliveVitamins

Improve Memory & Mental Sharpness!

European studies have shown that ginkgo increases blood flow to the brain and extremities, helping to improve memory and mental sharpness. Excellent also for circulation to the eyes and ears to improve eye sight and hearing. Ginkgo may be helpful for the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease; circulation problems, especially intermittent claudication; vertigo and tinnitus. Because ginkgo improves blood flow to the brain, more oxygen and blood sugar (glucose) is delivered to this area.  This relieves cerebral insufficiency symptoms like: dizziness, poor concentration, memory loss, disorientation, forgetfulness and impaired judgment.

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Do not sit in silence; there are so many things you can do to better your health! Get excited and take charge of your health. Let’s work together, along with your doctor/health care professional to ensure you are doing all you can to lead a happy and healthy life. Our team looks forward to helping you with whatever your health concerns are.

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