All year round, a healthy immune system is the best defence. Here are a few simple ways you can boost your kids’ immunity, so you can breathe easy every time you wave them off!
Find healthy ways to reduce sugar
We have yet to meet a kid who doesn’t love the sweet stuff. Okay, we admit it – we aren’t against it either!
Too much sugar though, depletes healthy immune-boosting gut bacteria and feeds the more pathogenic sugar-loving bacteria. It’s not great for immunity, not to mention trying to get your kids to bed requires you to head into battle!
Keep sugar to a minimum, or even better, try these healthy paleo alternatives made with no refined sugar so your kids (and yourself!) can indulge a little more frequently!
Don’t rely on antibiotics unless absolutely necessary
According to Health Canada, antimicrobial resistance has become a big public health concern. With antibiotics being prescribed constantly, especially by family physicians, many people question – are antibiotics necessary in certain cases? Antibiotics kill off good gut bacteria along with the bad guys, yet good gut bacteria is essential for a strong and healthy immune system. While they certainly can be lifesaving in specific instances; most of the time, they are prescribed for a simple issue that may not necessarily require antibiotics, such as an ear infection.
With minor health issues, consider looking for a natural alternative. Herbal remedies and homeopathics can be used as treatment, as our ancestors once used.
Also, be sure to include probiotic-rich foods in your child’s diet, such as yogurt. You might even try adding this probiotic powder into their smoothies or drinks (they won’t even know it’s there!) as a way to promote healthy gut flora.
Do increase antioxidants and greens
Antioxidants can help to neutralize free radicals in the environment, which can damage immune cells. Incorporate antioxidant-rich foods such as beets, blueberries and broccoli. Speaking of broccoli, greens are great for boosting immunity as they are a source of a chemical signal essential for a healthy immune system, keeping the immune cells in the gut and skin known as intra-epithelial lymphocytes functioning properly. Consider veggies such as arugula, bok choy, Brussels sprouts and cabbage.
Need a quick and easy way for your kiddies to get in their fruits and veggies? Adding a scoop of ND Shake, a plant protein powder that’s formulated professionally by Naturopathic Doctors, will flood their bodies with super fruits, a variety of vegetables, vitamins and minerals, and satisfy even the pickiest eaters.
Boost your kids’ immune system with a healthy diet, featuring antioxidants and greens, so they have optimal protection against infections!
Get your daily dose of sunshine
Sunshine provides the body with vitamin D, responsible for a heap of health benefits.
We know, however, that it can be tricky to get the kids outdoors on those gloomy, chilly days. Consider this Vitamin D Drops supplement, of which just one drop gives them all they need on a daily basis, and even has a delightful orange taste that kids will adore!