Building Children's Immune Systems
Keeping our kids healthy is a top priority as moms.
It takes a lot of work as a mom when children get sick. We can’t prevent it from happening all the time, but there are ways we can decrease the severity of the sickness and maybe prevent it in general.
In this blog I’ll share what our family uses to help strengthen our kiddos immune systems and stay healthy and strong. *Always consult with your doctor about which supplements are right for your kids.
I give me kids these supplements all year, but I get REALLY focused starting in August to prevent the sicknesses that come through in waves in our community.
So here are some ways you can increase we increase our children’s immune system during and before the sickness waves come through.
Cod Liver Oil
Cod liver oil is different than regular fish oil. It's extracted from the liver of Atlantic Cod. The liver is rich in fat soluble vitamins like vitamin A and D.
Benefits of Vitamin A is involved int he production and function of white blood cells. Which helps capture and clear out bacteria and other pathogens from your blood stream. Which means that if you are low in Vitamin A, you are more susceptible to infection or delayed recovery when sick. (Only take recommended doses, for too much can be dangerous.)
Benefits of Vitamin D- See below
Reduced risk of flu
"Children given 1,200 International Units of vitamin D per day for 4 months during the winter reduced their risk of influenza A infection by over 40 percent." (Site: https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/161618.php)
Symptoms of vitamin D deficiency may include:
- Getting sick or infected more often.
Your gut health is really important in supporting your immune system. Good bacteria, probiotics, helps get rid of bad bacteria. There are many different ways to get probiotic, kefir, sauerkraut, kombucha and supplements of probiotics. But everyone benefits from probiotics and it can prevent a lot of illness to have a good balance of bacteria in you gut.
They also promote better production of natural antibodies that fight sickness and reduces the severity of the illness.
Vitamin C boost immunity by helping white blood cells function better. It also helps the white blood cells function more effectively while protecting them from damaging harmful m
olecules like free radicals. Vitamin C can also shorten the recovery time and is a strong antioxidant that may reduce the risk of chronic diseases.
Other good tips are making sure everyone is getting enough sleep, staying away from sugar, and washing their hands before eating or coming home from a public place.
If you need help knowing what supplements your kids or family needs, feel free to reach out at Dianaballard.com for nutrition coaching.
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Hope your family can stay healthy throughout this year!