Vitality

Boost Your Child’s Immune System With These Simple Tricks

As the summer ends, leisure activities and the laid-back attitudes of children will soon be replaced with homework and routine. Balancing school with play while staying healthy becomes more challenging, since junk food is easily available either at home or at the cafeteria. Building their immunity by adopting simple lifestyle changes with their parents’ support helps in the long term.

Kids find it easy to de-stress by playing video games and eating a bag of chips after a long day. In the long run, these bad habits decrease immunity. The earlier they start looking after themselves, the better their chances are to build up their defenses against several diseases. In closed classrooms with limited ventilation, it is important that the children learn to build their resilience against communicable diseases effectively, not simply by using hand sanitizers.  

Here are some tips suggested by Wellness Mama, a website dedicated to providing practical information to mothers. 

Diet

Ensure kids stay away from food rich in saturated fat such as cheese and red meat. Also, make sure that they do not eat food with artificial sweeteners and preservatives. Nutrient-rich foods with colorful vegetables and fruits, grass-fed meat, free-range eggs and poultry, and wild caught fish. 

Serve them healthy breakfast, healthy snacks and lunches by giving them the power to pick out their own preferences since this could encourage them to eat healthy. This is especially true for picky eaters. 

Be gradual, firm and feed them only when they are hungry, even if it means skipping a meal or two. Children follow by example, not by listening to your every word. So, practice good eating habits and involve them. Do not bribe them with rewards for eating healthy, instead explain the health benefits to them patiently

Supplements

Consuming supplements is a way to compensate for the lack of nutrients in the body and make up for deficiencies. Mom of six and CEO of Wellness Mama, Katie Wells, advises sprinkling supplements in powdered form on smoothies or baked goods. This is to make eating healthy a fun connotation for children. She mixes probiotics with smoothies and also makes her own probiotic jello gummies. 

For her children,Wells adds quarter teaspoon of vitamin C to water and smoothies two weeks before and after the school year starts. Another interesting thing that Wells does for her children is rubbing homemade magnesium body butter on her children’s feet before they sleep.

Routine

Before school begins, start setting a bedtime routine a whole week in advance. This is important to set the body’s natural circadian rhythm. Reading tires out the mind and induces sleep, so reading is a fun bedtime activity the family can do together.  Light interferes with melatonin production at night. Blue light from devices also disrupts melatonin and suppresses the hormone produced at night. So, do not use night lights and keep all gadgets away from children before they sleep. 

Sleep enhances the body’s immunity. Cultivating a relaxing bedtime routine can ease children into falling asleep faster as well as improve the quality of their sleep. Drinking herbal tea, spraying essential oils on the pillow or listening to gentle music in the background can help them. 

Exercise

An indication of a robust immune system is the presence of varied gut bacteria. Gut health is directly related to immune health since 70 percent of the immune system is present inside the gut itself. Physical activity can diversify the bacteria species found in gastrointestinal tract. Playing outside in the dirt is one sure shot way of promoting diversity of bacteria in the digestive tract. Encountering microbes in the dirt outdoors can benefit children since it makes their immune system accustomed to rectify issues. 

Sometimes, due to heavy course work, children do not have the time to play outside. When this happens, encourage your child to take a walk barefoot on your dirty lawn or yard. Also, they can help you garden and participate in activities that require them to handle mud and dirt. 

Hygiene

Teach your children basic hygienic practices. Ensure they follow them diligently by gently nudging them in the right direction. For instance, at least tell them to wash their hands after using the loo and before eating. Give them a bottle of natural hand sanitizer that is not made of chemicals. 

Bacteria enter through the mouth and teeth, hence tell children to brush regularly. Perhaps, you can show them the Bass Method of brushing that keeps the gums clean. Teach them that they always should sneeze or cough into a tissue or handkerchief, or into the elbows and shoulders. It is important to teach them not to wipe runny noses on shirt sleeves and to wash their hands after sneezing.

We must empower children to take care of their health by providing them with all the resources

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