Nothing is more comforting than knowing that your little one is healthy and has energy for their growth and daily exploration. No parent wants to see their child sick and depleted and the key to avoiding this is a healthy immune system. The immune system is made up of a network of cells (like white blood cells), tissues, and organs that work together to protect the body. Especially in current times, with the threat of the Covid-19 pandemic, avoiding the winter cold and flu season is a top priority.
In this blog, we’ll explore some of the best immune-boosting tips to keep your child healthy.
Immune-boosting foods and supplements
A healthy immune response starts with a healthy diet. Ensuring your child gets the recommended serving of fruits and vegetables for their age group is key to maintaining a strong immune system. All kids should be eating a rainbow of plants to ensure that they get a variety of nutrients. Different colors of fruits and vegetables have different phytonutrients, each with a different nutritional superpower contributing to your children's health.
Since over 80% of the immune system is found in the gut, focusing on incorporating gut-healthy foods is key to strong immune function. Foods like berries, apples, leafy greens, and fermented foods all encourage the growth of good bacteria necessary to fight diseases.
For those parents who have a picky eater on their hands, we recommend adding Super Kids into your daily routine. This addition helps ensure your child is getting the daily nutrients they need. This plant-based powder is made for kid bodies from 12 different dehydrated fruits, veggies, fiber-rich seeds, and sprouts.
During cold and flu season, Super Kids is a great addition to your child’s diet. Our organic, plant-based powder is a good source of the antioxidant vitamin C. Vitamin C has been shown to help promote a strong immune system. Natural sources of vitamin C include citrus foods such as oranges, peppers, strawberries, and broccoli are good to include to boost immunity.
Sleep is key when it comes to your child’s immune health. Most health experts agree that sleep deprivation can seriously impair proper immune response. Constantly learning and growing kids need adequate sleep to allow their bodies to recuperate. The recommended amount of sleep for kids under five is a minimum of 10 hours daily. Those above five should get 8 to 10 hours of sleep.
If you have a fussy sleeper on your hands we recommend investing in our LUNA Kids Sleep Aid. This natural, non-habit-forming supplement can help reset your child's sleeping patterns. A consistent bedtime and a restful sleep allow your child's body to regenerate. This leads to sunnier moods in the morning and ensures your child will be rested and ready to take on the day.
Limit sugar intake
It’s well known that sugar can lead to multiple health problems, a repressed immune system being one of them. Being aware and actively working to reduce your child’s sugar intake through a balanced diet and education is important.
Children will usually choose a sugary option over a natural alternative. Having healthy snacks on hand and educating them on the benefits facilitates them learning and caring for their own bodies as they grow.
Daily movement, whether it's a leisurely walk around the block or an intense game of tag is important, is paramount for your child's well-being. We are living in a time when most time is spent staring at screens and exercise can often be easily neglected.
It's important to encourage your kids to step outside and break a sweat by engaging in outdoor activities. Exercising helps release toxins and other waste products.
In the midst of a global pandemic, this tip is obvious but worth restating. Ensure your child washes their hands and maintains good hygiene helps prevents the spread of infection. Demonstrate proper hand washing techniques with soap and water and have hand sanitizer handy for public outings.
Getting the occasional cold is part of life but, keeping these tips in mind can help keep kids healthy and stay healthy.