A healthy immune system is the key to preventing infectious illnesses. We are born into this world with a very inexperienced immune system and as we grow and develop so does our immune system.
A healthy immune system is a way in which we can prevent acquiring infectious diseases. We must rely on our immune systems to protect us from the millions of germs we are exposed to each day. For our children, they rely on those around them to boost their immune systems. There are a number of ways in which we can do this:
Serve fruits and vegetables
Fruits and vegetables contain phytonutrients. These may increase the body’s production of white blood cells (the infection fighting cells of the body) and interferon ( an antibody that helps block out viruses).
Probiotics are healthy bacteria that live in our gut. They play an important role in regulating our immune system. These can come in supplemental form, but are also found readily in yoghurt. It is important to note that antibiotics kill off this healthy bacteria. In order to recultivate the growth of probiotics, take it regularly once the course of antibiotics has been completed.
Healthy Fats are known to improve a immune system. These fats include omega-3 fatty acids and can be found in cold water fish eg sardines, salmon, mackerel. Eggs are a source of omega 3 fatty acids.
Minimise sugar and processed foods. These foods, amongst other things, weaken the immune system.
Research suggests that lack of sleep can make us more susceptible to illness by decreasing our ability to fight off illness. It is important that children get adequate sleep in order to improve their immune systems as well as allowing them to opportunity to to experience better concentration and be able to play better.
It is important to contact your nutritionist or naturopath should you have any concerns with regard to boosting your child’s immune system.