Most parents view their child’s cough, runny nose, and many other common symptoms as just par for the course. But is this really true? To an extent perhaps. However, many medical professionals believe that as well as genes, a healthy lifestyle is also responsible for a strong immune system. There are a number of natural things you can do at home to help boost your child’s immune system so that colds and upset tummies happen less frequently. And when they do occur, your child will be able to fight them off easily and quickly. Here are just some of the natural immunity boosting methods you can adopt today.
A healthy diet
Unhealthy foods, especially those that have a high sugar content, are believed to have a negative effect on the immune system. To help boost your child’s immune system (and yours), significantly reduce sugary and processed foods from their diet. Concentrate on providing plenty of natural ingredients like vegetables, fruit, herbs, nuts and grains. Provide a moderate amount of dairy and meat to create a well-balanced diet.
I think one of the most effective ways to ensure you are giving your children the best ingredients you can, is to grow your own. And this can be done easily by everyone, even if you don’t have a garden! With equipment like HydroGrow LED lights you can grow almost anything you want in your home; so give it a go!
Deal with food allergies
If your child suffers from a food allergy, while the body deals with the problems in the digestive system, the immune system weakens. If you are at all concerned that your child may have a food allergy or intolerance, do seek advice from your GP. Your doctor will carry out some elimination tests to work out what could be causing the problem.
Plenty of sleep
It is recommended that children should get between 10 and 14 hours of sleep a day (the exact time will depend on your child’s age). Most kids don’t get enough sleep, and when they are tired and lacking in energy, this is when they are most vulnerable to illness. It’s important to get into a bedtime routine to ensure they are getting a good sleep each night. The quality of their sleep is as important as the quantity. Try to create a peaceful environment in their bedroom with minimal light, sound and other distractions as possible.
Exercising as a family, especially when done outdoors, is a great way to help boost your child’s immune system. Our kids suffer from stress too, and this could be weakening their immune system. When they exercise, chemicals are released in the brain which help to reduce stress and improve our overall health. Getting a healthy dose of vitamin D is also important in achieving a strong immunity to illness.
There are many completely natural ways to help your kids stay healthy and fight off illness. Try some of these out at home and do let me know if you have any more ideas.