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Tips To Boost Your Child’s Immunity

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Your child’s immune system works hard to ward off disease-causing bacteria. Usual precautions such as practising proper hygiene and self-isolation can protect you from pathogens and viruses. However, according to experts, boosting your immune system may also give you a quicker recovery. The key to genuinely protecting children from disease-causing organisms is by ensuring they are living in a stress-free environment along with strengthening their body’s natural defences.

Here are a few things you can do to strengthen your child’s immunity naturally:

Help your child get a good night’s sleep.

Sleep deprivation can have a significant impact on both the wellbeing of your mind and body. You may have noticed your child sleeps more when they catch a cold. This is the immune system naturally allowing the body to fight the illness. Teenagers need 8–10 hours and younger children and infants up to 14 hours. It is vital for a healthy immune system as the body releases cytokines during extended periods of sleep; which is a type of protein that regulates the immune system. Electronic gadgets emit a blue light which stimulates the brain and disrupts the body’s natural wake-sleep cycle. If your child is having trouble sleeping, designate the last hour before bed as a screen-free time of the day. This will enable your child to sleep peacefully.

Encourage your child to exercise regularly.

Exercise gives the immune system a boost. It helps reduce inflammation and enables immune cells in your child’s body to regenerate regularly. Encourage your child to exercise every day, not just for the prevention of disease, but for the promotion of proper digestive health, organ function, and general well-being. Exercise accelerates the circulation of disease-fighting white blood cells (WBCs). This, in turn, helps the body to fight off diseases. You can create a regular exercise routine for your child— such as aerobics three times a week, swimming, cycling and active play. Instilling such healthy habits into children at a young age is the best way to help them continue these into their adult lives. They will also have fun in the process.

Supercharge your child’s meals with nutrients.

A healthy diet is the foundation of a sound immune system. Ensure your child’s diet is rich in nutrients and antioxidants, which includes whole plant foods like fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and legumes. Plan your child’s meals to include powerful immune system boosters like citrus fruits, green leafy vegetables, turmeric, green tea, papaya, olive oil, almonds, ginger, garlic and yoghurt.

Almost all citrus fruits like grapefruit, oranges, tangerines and lemons are high in vitamin C, which helps the immune system increase its infection-fighting ability. Include broccoli and spinach because they are packed with vitamins, numerous antioxidants and beta carotene.

Another factor that affects the immune system’s ability to fight off antigens, is stress. Keep track of your child’s stress levels and create a space where they can relax and recharge. Declutter your home, focus on the positives and schedule relaxing activities. Follow these tips to boost your child’s immunity and rejuvenate the mind and body.

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Posted on: Tuesday,2020,Jul,Tue