If welcoming the new season means welcoming more sneezing and sniffling around your house, then your kids may be suffering from allergies.
The best way to solve this problem is to first, find the source and second, support their immune systems with plenty of immune-boosting antioxidants and anti-inflammatory essential fats.
Vitamin C Boost
When a child’s immune system is fighting an infection, their requirement for vitamin C sky-rockets. During an active infection, give your child 1000mg of vitamin C every two hours.
Vitamin C aids in the production of white blood cells that can help the body fight viruses and infections.
This strengthens the immune system so that any further allergy is kept at bay. It is also a powerful antioxidant, which flushes out invading free radicals and pathogens that tend to weaken the cells.
Immune boosting antioxidants
Natural immune boosting tools are available from foods in the form of antioxidants.
Antioxidants are the vitamins A, C and E and some phytonutrients found in breast milk, fruits, vegetables, whole grains, juices, nuts and seeds.
The antioxidant properties of vitamin E help support the immune cells that produce antibodies and reduce bacteria. vitamin E is especially rich in vegetable oils such as olive oil, nuts, seeds and wheat germ.
Beta-Carotene is another effective antioxidant found in deep yellow/orange fruits and vegetables like apricots, mangos, carrots, sweet potatoes.
The body converts beta-carotene to vitamin A, which itself plays a role in immune functions.
Teach your child from an early age to love these colourful foods and you will help build them a strong immune system.
Known as nature’s antibiotic, garlic is anti-bacterial, anti-microbial, anti-fungal, anti-viral – an immune boosting powerhouse. On their next onslaught of the sniffles, serve chicken and vegetable soup with extra garlic.
Our immune systems depend on essential fatty acids to stay in optimal shape.
The bottom line is that essential fats really are essential for keeping your child healthy and these fats are also needed in optimal amounts to maximise your child’s intelligence.
Wild caught seafood like salmon or sardines are a good source. As well as nuts and seeds like almonds, walnuts, hemp, pumpkin, sunflower, sesame and chia seeds.
It is a good idea to optimise your child’s daily intake of essential omegas with a high dose essential omega supplement, because let’s be honest, how many children eat fish, seeds and nuts daily?