College can be one of the most challenging times to stay healthy. Suddenly, things like basic nutrition and sleep are taken for granted, resulting in compromised immunity and making students susceptible to colds, acne, hormonal issues, and more.
With six kids, two in college and three college graduates, I have had firsthand experience keeping my kids, and many of my patients’ kids, healthy and happy during those challenging college years.
To navigate the late night exhaustion, lack of nutrition, extreme amounts of schoolwork, a compromised immune system, a trashed digestive system, the ever-present social and emotional stress, and, oh yes, that thing called ‘partying,’ I have put together a Student Wellness Kit and set of strategies that these students seem to really need!
- Turmeric: 500-1000mg (1-2 capsules) of the whole herb with breakfast
- Ashwagandha: 500-1000mg (1-2 capsules) of the whole herb with breakfast.
- Vitamin D3: During the fall and spring college terms, I suggest 5000IU each day. In May, after school is out, I recommend getting a vitamin D test to confirm the student is in the optimal range, which is 50-80 ng/ml. Vitamin D levels can easily be tested from home with a Vitamin D Testing Kit.
- Chyawanprash: 1-2 teaspoons every few hours in a cup of hot water or by the spoonful to boost immunity during times of stress.
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