Breathing a sigh of relief now that school holidays are over and kids are back at school again? Well, think again. I’m sure many of you know how schools and child cares play a huge host to bacteria and viruses, and children often come home sicker and unhealthier when they’ve been susceptible to other kid’s germs all day.
The start of the year is a perfect time to boost your child’s immunity, so that they stay strong and healthy throughout the year and don’t fall victim to frequent infections. A sick child can quickly spread their germs around the family, requiring time off school and work, and having a big impact on family life. Developing robust immunity is essential to every aspect of childhood development. In fact, healthy immunity in children sets the stage for good health well into adult life.
A Healthy Digestive System For Strong Immunity
Over 70% of our immune system lives in and around the digestive tract; therefore having high levels of good bacteria in the digestive system is essential for building a strong immune system in growing children. The beneficial balance of ‘good bugs’ in the gut is easily upset by many factors, including antibiotics, high sugar diets and stress. This, then can lead to an increased risk of colds and flu’s in your kids.
Less Sick Days Thanks To Probiotics
Probiotics are ‘good’ bacteria that you can give your kids as a supplement to aid in the development and maintenance of healthy digestive and immune function.
- Lactobacillus acidophilus and Bifidobacterium lactis are two strains of probiotics scientifically proven to boost immunity. Taken in combination over 6 months, these probiotics have been shown to effectively reduce the incidence and duration of upper respiratory tract infections in young children.
Herbs & Nutrients for Boosting Immunity
- Andrographis – This immune stimulating herb has a long history of use for fighting viral and bacterial infections. It reduces the intensity of cold symptoms such as tiredness, sleeplessness, sore throat and mucous secretions.
- Vitamin C – This nutrient increases the activity of infection-fighting white blood cells, and it also inhibits viral growth.
- Zinc – Zinc is crucial for normal development of white blood cells, the body’s main defence against infection.
- Ensure your child eats plenty of vegetables and fruits each day
- Ensure your child eats protein-rich foods in every meal or snack.
- Ensure your child drinks plenty of water daily.
- Reduce sugary foods and sweets, as these can suppress optimal immune function.
- Avoid or severely limit processed foods, additives and artificial flavours.
- Ensure your child has adequate sleep and rest.
- Encourage regular exercise.