Is your child constantly catching a cold? Does your child have runny nose regularly? Or does your child suffer from stomach upset a little too often? Here are some steps you can take to strengthen your child’s immune system.
Step 1: Start them on a good diet
If your kid’s diet includes food additives, preservatives and tons of sugar, then their immune system will take a hit. Limit their intake of these ‘bad’ diet and increase the serving of ‘good’ diet like veggies, fruits, nuts and meat. You’ll find a healthier, happier child in no time.
Step 2: Keep them calm and carry on
Your little one’s body has the same reaction to stress as adults do: their cortisol and adrenaline rises, lowering their immune systems’ response. If we know children well, they’ll probably be running, skipping, dancing and spinning around most of the time. Ensure that they have ample rest time and ample sleep, because a break for them means a break for their immune system.
Step 3: Be pro Prebiotics
Our guts contain good bacteria which ensure proper functioning of the immune system. How do you maintain the balance of good bacteria profile in your little one’s gut? Simply introduce fruits, legumes and whole grains, such as bananas, berries, asparagus and spinach into your kid’s diet. These are good sources of prebiotics, which is food for the good bacteria.
Step 4: Supplement with supplements
The most common and best supplements to build up your little one’s immune system are vitamin D and zinc. You can start to introduce salmon and yogurt into their diet to give them a good dose of vitamin D. For zinc, you can turn to meat like steak and pork, or a mid day snack of roasted almonds.
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