9Start With a Healthy Diet
Your child’s immune system can be compromised by food allergies, preservatives, additives, and sugar. In children with food allergies, the digestive system is taxed, and inflammation becomes an issue, making warding off even common viruses and bacteria a difficult task.
The same goes for excess preservatives and additives, your child’s
body simply isn’t equipped to deal with the toxic overload. Research has shown that sugar impacts your child’s immunity. The best thing you can do to boost your child’s immunity, is to eliminate additives, preservatives, and sugar wherever possible.
Apples, oranges, carrots, and berries give your child’s body a boost of vitamin C, which kicks the body’s production of white blood cells into high gear. White blood cells are the body’s soldiers that help fight off sickness. Another benefit of this vitamin C boost, is the increase of the body’s production of interferon, a powerful antibody that coats the cells and blocks out viruses.
Healthcare professionals recommend five servings of fruits and veggies each day to help keep your child’s immune system in tip top shape.
Probiotics are helpful bacteria that naturally live in our guts. They help with digestion, help flush out toxins, and protect our bodies from harmful viruses and bacteria. Any disruption in the ideal levels of these friendly bacteria can cause issues in the way that the body wards off infection.
Over the counter probiotic supplements for children are readily available at your local health food store, or pharmacy. Depending on your child’s age, a daily dose of five to twenty billion colony forming units can help keep illness at bay.