Boost Your Child’s Immunity
Every single day, your child is exposed to a plethora of harmful bacteria, viruses, and germs. You want to protect him/her from the negative health effects that these can bring, as they can cause so many different problems. And with the undeveloped immune system of children, illnesses are to be expected. Fortunately, there are several things that you can do to boost your child’s immunity. Below are just a few of them:
1. Build your daily meals around fresh vegetables and fruits. Green beans, carrots, strawberries, and oranges are some of the best sources of phytonutrients that help enhance the immune system. These immune system-boosting nutrients include carotenoids and vitamin C. According to medical experts, phytonutrients have shown properties that may increase the generation of white blood cells that fight off and prevent infections while also blocking viruses.
2. Make sure that your child gets enough sleep. It is during sleep that the body repairs itself. It has also been revealed by medical professionals that lack of sleep can make people a lot more susceptible to health problems as sleep deprivation reduces the body’s natural illness-killing cells. Newborn babies should have up to 18 hours of sleep, toddlers 12-13 hours, and preschoolers around 10 hours.
3. Perform regular exercises with the entire family. Research and studies have shown that exercise results in an increased number of natural killer cells. This applies to both adults and children. Exercising with your kids instead of just allowing them to play outside, aside from being better for their health, can also be a time for you to bond with the whole family. Bike riding, tennis, basketball, and hiking are some perfect examples of family exercises.
There are many other things that you can do that will help boost your child’s immunity, but the three discussed above are some of the most important and effective.