Wouldn’t it be great if our kids always felt healthy and their smiling faces weren’t sniffling, coughing or sneezing? We all know that isn’t a possibility, but there are plenty of things we can do to ramp up their immune system’s now. As the season is getting ready to change, we should start paying special attention to our health and well-being if we haven’t already. Though I think “cold and flu season” is a name that causes unnecessary worry, it is true that as the season changes the lines at the doctor get a little bit longer. Don’t fret, because just by improving your diet, and paying attention to how you feel you can keep your self and your child out of the doctors office and on the playground. A healthy diet and lifestyle can help kids avoid the common cold, your infections and allergies and even ensure greater resistance to disease is later in life.
It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know that fruits and vegetables are good for you. It might however take a rocket scientist to figure out how to get our children to eat those fruits and veggies. A recent study showed that kids who eat a great deal of fruit had a 38% lower risk of cancer later on in their lives. Dark leafy greens, tomatoes and carrots, and Broccoli and cauliflower are some of the top veggies that can boost our immunity to sickness. All grains, healthy fats, and avoiding sugary sweets also help fight infection. The moral is more fresh fruits and vegetables, and less snack foods and candies. Offer your child a wide array of healthy foods in hopes that they will find one they truly enjoy. Set up their food plates with a greater portion of fruits and veggies and smaller portions of sugars and fats.
Did you know that probiotics can enhance immune function in children? Science is now saying that probiotics are especially effective against seasonal allergies, unpleasant diarrhea, and more serious respiratory tract infection. Yogurt is a great place to start and many kids enjoy yogurt with cereal, or mixed with fruit. Yogurt can be frozen as well, or put in ice cube trays for a pretty cool treat, as well as in many different smooth the variations. If yogurt isn’t really your thing you can consider a probiotic supplement.
Another way to boost your child’s immunity is to let them get out and explore their world. When a child is exposed to dirt and germs, your immune system response by trying to expel those germs from your body. This is exactly how immunity gets strengthened. Science is now saying to avoid antibacterial soap’s that contain the chemical triclosan, which many researchers think contributes to antibiotic resistant bacteria. Plain soap and water really will do. You also could make your own antibacterial gel by combining witch hazel or alcohol, Teatree oil and lavender essential oil.
The sunshine is your best friend. That, and it is also our primary source of vitamin D. Vitamin D has a huge effect on our immune system. Just about 15 minutes a day of full sun exposure will lead to natural production of vitamin D, and that is more than sufficient for your child.
Last but not least how you feel has one of the largest effects on your immunity. It doesn’t matter if your child has the best food and nutrition if they are feeling stressed, worried, or sad. When you are happy and laugh your brain actually releases chemicals that can increase your immunity to sickness. This means if you want your child to be healthy focus on them being happy. Play with your child, laugh with your child, and love them till the world ends and not only are you contributing to their health and well-being, but also to the love and bond you have with your child.