Runny noses. Constant colds. Recurrent flus. Gastrointestinal bugs. Most parents think these conditions are just par for the course with children in day care or school. But not all children are getting sick! Not all children have runny noses!
We don’t just have to accept our child’s current state of health. We can actually take measures to boost their defences, speed healing, and help them to gain a greater level of wellness. So how do we help our kids to achieve that?
Increase sleep time
Studies of adults show that sleep deprivation can make you more susceptible to illness by reducing natural killer cells, immune-system weapons that attack microbes and cancer cells. The same holds true for your kids. Kids in day-care are particularly at risk for sleep deprivation because all the activity can make it difficult for them to nap!
How much sleep do kids need? A newborn may need up to 18 hours of crib time a day, toddlers require 12 to 13 hours, and pre-schoolers need about 10 hours.
Help calm their stress and anxiety
In today’s fast-paced world, parents are overstressed, kids are over-scheduled, and everyone suffers. Kids’ bodies have the same response to stress that adults’ do — their cortisol and adrenaline rises. When this elevation in stress hormones is sustained, their immune systems’ response is lowered.
It’s important for children to have lots of down time, time for creative play, and simply times of rest. Busy bodies need to take a break every now and then for their immune systems to thrive.
When kids feel loved and sense that the people around them love each other, they are secure and happy. The more kids laugh and enjoy life, the better their immune function and the healthier they will be!
Plenty of fresh air and exercise can make a big difference in the health of your kids. Spending a lot of time inside, breathing stale, recirculated air, can be a hazard to your kids’ immune function. Go for walks, play in the playground and let your kids climb, jump, and run. Mother Nature can be an excellent immune stimulator!
Remember that fevers help fight infection
Although many parents panic at the first sign of a rise in temperature on the thermometer, it’s important to recognise that fever is only a sign of and not an illness itself. Fever is your kids’ body’s response to an infection and without it, their body isn’t as effective at fighting the illness.
The truth is, your kids’ immune systems works better at a high temperature too, so they can get better quickly. Please note it’s still important to see a doctor whenever your kid has a fever!
Fruits, food, and nutrition
Possibly THE most important factor of immunity boosting is what our kids eat!
Carrots, green beans, oranges, strawberries: They all contain such immunity-boosting phytonutrients as vitamin C and carotenoids. Phytonutrients may increase the body's production of infection-fighting white blood cells and interferon, an antibody that coats cell surfaces, blocking out viruses.
Studies show that a diet rich in phytonutrients can also protect against such chronic diseases as cancer and heart disease in adulthood.
Good nutrition is essential to developing and keeping the immune system healthy and strong! Nutritional deficiencies may be responsible for chronic immune problems as it is easier for bacteria or viruses to take hold when important nutrients are missing.
Critical nutrients that stimulate a strong immune system include vitamins A, C, E and essential fatty acids. The most important minerals include manganese, selenium, zinc, copper, iron, sulfur, magnesium and germanium. These nutrients can be obtained from an organic wholefoods diet consisting of fresh fruits and vegetables, nuts, seeds, beans, and whole grains.
Unfortunately, most of our food supply is artificially manipulated and processed with many ingredients and additives that contribute to poor nutrition. Processed foods, sugar, and soda can weaken the immune system. These “foods” add nothing in the way of nutrition, and if your children fill up on a lot of them, they are not likely to eat healthy foods with essential nutrients. This can lead to a weak immune system.
Dietary fats can either enhance or impair immune function, depending on the type of fat. The wrong types of fats (hydrogenated oils found in deep fried foods, margarine and baked goods) can predispose a child to recurrent infections and inflammatory conditions.
Essential fatty acids (the good fats) are essential to normal immune and nervous system function. They are found in flaxseed oil, evening primrose oil, hemp seed oil, borage seed oil, and fish oil. Cod liver oil is a great way for kids to receive essential fatty acids.
Sugar has been shown to reduce white blood cell count, an indicator of immune strength. The function of white blood cells is to fight and destroy germs that can cause disease. Try to cut down on sugary food and snacks that’ll lower your kids’ immunity – reducing sugar intake will also help to keep obesity away!
You may want to consider probiotic supplementation if your kid has a history of antibiotic use, ear infections, oral thrush, diarrhoea, constipation, colic, food allergies, eczema, intestinal viral infections, candidiasis, or is bottle-fed. Probiotics are the beneficial bacteria in the intestinal tract that keep the “bad” bacteria from taking over.
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