How to strengthen a child's immunity? Use a warming diet
Autumn is the right time to use a warming diet that keeps the body warm, protects against cold and reduces the risk of infection. It is worth including in the daily menu cereal (especially millet, which strengthens and helps to cope with the first symptoms of the disease). In addition, take good care of your presence fatty fish - mackerel, salmon, tuna (watch out for heavy metals! - read the fish in the child's diet), garlic, ginger and onions, as well as warming spices - turmeric, cinnamon, thyme, marjoram, cardamom, rosemary, ginger, cloves.
In the season of infection, they are important herbal teas - linden, chamomile, nettle, horsetail and fennel tea and raspberry juice. It is worth adding to herbal tea grated ginger, so that the warming effect is even more intensified.
Increase the amount of vitamin C
Vitamin C has been known for a long time for immunity. It not only protects against infections, but reduces the time of illness due to its strong anti-inflammatory properties. You don't have to give it in a synthetic form, all you have to do is prepare it tasty a drink that supports immunity, which will be a real vitamin bomb, and it will also warm you up.
only need to Freshly squeezed lemon juice, water, cardamom, a bit of cinnamon and cloves.
Healthy omega 3 and vitamin D.
From autumn to spring, it is worth supplementing vitamin D, which has a beneficial effect on immunity.
Let's also remember about optimal amount of healthy fatty acids, especially omega 3, which improve immunity. If your child doesn't eat fish too much, it's worth considering fish oil. Currently, we have access to products that are tasty and do not resemble the nightmare syrups of the past (click). We can also find omega 3 in flax seeds, almonds, pumpkin seeds.
Pay attention to the amount of dairy products
In autumn, it is worth paying special attention to the amount of dairy products in your diet. It should not be too much, especially it is worth limiting sweet yogurt and cheese. Why? Because milk and milk products, in the light of recent scientific research, cool the body, increase the secretion of mucus, which promotes the development of diseases.
If your child gets an infection, it's best to keep the amount of dairy to a minimum! Eating cheese, cottage cheese, drinking milk can intensify the problem with runny nose and coughing, which slows recovery. Instead of cheese, it's worth trying out healthy sandwiches - avocado, chickpeas, millet (read how to prepare a paste for bread).
Read more about using a cold diet.
Limit sugar in your diet
As a mother, I know how difficult it is to limit sugar for children, since jelly beans, candy bars, chocolates and candies tempt at every turn. However, it is worth trying because A sweet diet promotes infection. Sugar is the "perfect food" for bacteria and viruses.
Golden rule? Give sweets once a week. If this does not work, once a day in a healthy alternative - giving homemade healthy bar, dried fruit or homemade nutella, prepared on the basis of banana, cocoa, coconut oil and honey. Children also like to eat fruit chips (e.g. made from apples).
Read - 5 products that you can prepare for your child, and give them in an unhealthy version
Supply of fresh air
Ideally, if the child stays outside for an hour, regardless of the weather. Unfortunately, this is not always possible in everyday busy reality. Therefore, try to introduce a different rule and go out for a short walk every day. 20 minutes each day. That much should be saved.
Dress properly according to the weather (remember not to overheat your child!), Preferably for onions (to be able to undress if necessary). Remember about physical activity, which also has a positive effect on immunity
One more thing we often forget - exactly flat, especially at bedtime.
Our and our children's immunity depends on the condition of the intestines. Correct intestinal work and good condition of intestinal villi decide how the body is able to protect itself against infections. To this end, it needs good probiotic bacteria, which we will provide children with homemade sauerkraut, pickled cucumbers.
However, attention in the store is usually offered to us pickled and not pickled! That's a big difference. Acid products do not have a positive effect on immunity like silage!