At school and childcare, kids are exposed to a host of bacteria and viruses and are often susceptible to infections. The start of the school year is the 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 having a big impact on family life. Healthy immunity in children sets the stage for good health well into adult life.
Over 70% of our immune system live in and around the gastrointestinal 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 can lead to and increased risk of colds and ‘flus for you kids. Probiotics are beneficial bacteria that you can give your kids as a supplement to aid in the development and maintenance of healthy digestive and immune function.
As well as probiotics, there are other natural Medicines that may boost your child’s immunity.
ANDROGRAPHIS – This is an immune stimulating herb that reduces the intensity of cold symptoms, such as tiredness, sleeplessness, sore throats and nasal secretions.
VITAMIN C – This increases the activity of infection fighting white blood cells. it also inhibits viral growth and reduces incidence of the common cold.
ZINC– This is crucial for normal development of white blood cells.the body’s main defence against infection. Zinc deficiency can dramatically reduce your childs ability to fight bacteria and viruses. making them more susceptible to picking up infections.
SIMPLE STEPS TO STRONG IMMUNITY
- Ensure your child eats plenty of fruit and vegetables
- Ensure your child eats protein rich foods in each 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
Healthy kids are happier and behave better, need less time off school and cause less disruption to the smooth running of the family life.
Help your kids to thrive and do their best at school and play!
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