BOOST YOUR CHILD’S IMMUNE SYSTEM THIS WINTER
Our immune systems are constantly being bombarded by various internal and external factors, when you couple this up with an increase in sugar consumption over the Easter period and how children love to share everything including viruses, bacteria and pathogens then it’s no wonder their amazing bodies always seem to be fighting off invaders. As a parent to 3 boys I know all too well the implications and frustrations surrounding this.
We cannot shelter our children from these environmental factors and nor would we want to as this is providing our children with a robust immune system which will greatly benefit them in the long term. We can however boost our little pixies immune systems relatively easily as 80% of our immune system resides in our gut lining, so if we nurture our gut we directly strengthen our immune system. Likewise, if their little digestive system is out of balance then this may be an underlying reason they always appear to be sick. It is important to ensure your child has no underlying food intolerances to maintain a strong digestive system.
The best ways to boost our children’s immune system include a ‘good quality’(naturopath formula) probiotic, herbal supplementation and Vitamin A & D. Clinical studies show that a daily probiotic will reduce the use of antibiotics and reduce the number of days missed from school and day care. If your child seems to be constantly sick then choose a ‘good quality’ children’s herbal combination designed to reduce their symptoms and enhance their immunity. Some ‘good quality’ fish oils contain Vitamin A & D which enhance the immune systems response to pathogens. Aim to do this for a 1-2 month period to really strengthen their immune system leading in to winter.
Top 8 Foods For Boosting Your Child’s Immune System
Freshly peeled or squeezed oranges are your child’s best friend! Packed with Vitamin C!
Packs a punch of Vitamin C, so pop these into your kid’s lunch boxes or blended into a smoothie with banana, dates, coconut water and spinach!
Every child loves these to snack on!
Make sure it is un-refined and organic! Cook with it frying, baking add it into your smoothies!
PUMPKIN SEEDS & SUNFLOWER SEEDS:-
Containing Zinc these nutritious little seeds are perfect to blend into protein balls and muesli slices for the kids lunch boxes!
Selenium found in brazil nuts fortifies the immune system and protects against bacterial and viral infections.
High in zinc to keep the immune system strong and protein to help build strong bones and muscle!
If you feel your child may need extra support this winter or your child is always susceptible to colds and sickness speak to our Naturopath today about boosting your child’s immune with practitioner prescribed supplements.