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1. Lower Your Sugar Intake

Lessen how much sugar your child takes can make a huge difference on your child’s chances of getting sick. Sugar can weaken your child’s immune system and also it feeds viral and bacteria infections. You have to look for things like high fructose corn syrup, which is a man made sugar that can be found a lot of kid foods. Try using things such as honey, stevia or agave in place of sugar.

2. Increase The Intake Of Vitamin C

Vitamin C is perfect for providing a boost in children’s immune system. What vitamin C does is increase your body’s ability to product white blood cells, antibodies and interferon, which are all great things to help fight off viruses and bacteria. By providing your child foods that are high in vitamin C such as kale, oranges, raspberries, tomatoes, spinach, asparagus, sweet potatoes and even red or green peppers. Another great thing about vitamin C is that it helps reduce you and your child’s risk of developing cardiovascular disease by helping rise the good levels of cholesterol (HDL) all the while helping lower blood pressure and off setting the process of fat that gets converted into plaque which can block the arteries.

3. Getting Enough Sleep

Many studies show that adults who are not getting enough sleep are much more likely to get sick then those who have had a good nights sleep. The reason behind this is because lack of sleep actually can reduce your immune systems natural defense against cancer cells and microbes. Children who are placed into daycare are at risk for this because of all the play and fun actives they do with their peers can get them wore out and tired, but yet they fight the sleep because they are still caught up in the moment and don’t wanna miss out on anything. Newborns should get 18 hours of sleep, toddlers 12 and kids who are around the age of going school should get 9 or 10 hours of sleep each night.

You can read more about this sleep study here.

4. Get Them Foods With Zinc

What makes zinc such a wonderful mineral is that it can inhibit the viral replication and really can stop virus right in their tracks. What this much needed mineral does is it increases your body’s ability to produce white blood cells and helps to fight the infection and makes your white blood cells fight these things a lot more aggressively. Some evidence actually shows that children and infants that take dietary zinc supplements can reduce the risk of respiratory infections. Some really good foods that are high in zinc are ginger, peas, almonds, walnuts, thyme, chili powder and pecans.

5. Start To Take Vitamin D

Vitamin D is not only important for your bones, but it is also important for keeping a healthy immune system. There has been studies to show that vitamin D can actually reduce your child’s chances of getting the influenza flu by at least 42 percent! One issues is that when flu season comes the sunlight hours start to lessen, so our natural source of vitamin d becomes much less, so we need to get it from our food or take supplements.

6. Have Fun & Exercise

There has been well documented research to show that being overweight can weaken children’s immune systems, but on the other hand exercise can actually increase how many white blood cells are in the body and help fight off viruses and bacteria. Try bike riding, hiking, walking and if real little try playing a few games of tag with them.

7. Introduce Omega 3 Fatty Acids Into The Diet

A newer study shows that when kids take a little flax oil daily they had less severe respiratory infections then the kids who did not. You see omega 3 that is in flax oil or in fish can boost the immune system by making the phagocytes more active.

8. Regular Hand Washing Is A Must

Washing your hands is very important and especial with kids because they play with each other and play with toys they might have been touched by other kids who where sick. This should be a common practice and most kids enjoy washing their hands, but if not try to make it fun for them and then they will start to enjoy it.

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Comments

  1. Hi my kids have been sick with the flu because of school we deal with this every year and it would be, so nice to take a break from it! I really wanna try a few of these tips out and see how they work.

  2. Yeah I think it is best to give them as much sleep as you can and make sure they wash their hands!

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