8 Natural Ways to Boost Your Child’s Immune System
Typically children are prone to get sick in the fall and winter season. They are busy with school and activities and then it hits! You’ve got a SICK KID!
While we’re not sure what work will look like this coming fall/winter season, it is likely that you’ll have to arrange for last minute child care or you’ll have to figure out the logistics of having to get your work done while taking care of a sick kiddo who needs your attention.
We’ve all been there!
Because our world is so hyper-focused on our health right now, I didn’t want to wait for the fall to write this post. With all of the media attention focusing on how we can protect ourselves from the Coronavirus, I have noticed that not many people are talking about the real topic at hand, which is, “How do I STAY healthy”?
If you see me in the office at EFC, then you know that my goal is to always address the root cause and not just your symptoms. So carrying this practice into Coronavirus territory, if we can be sure that we are supporting your immune system then we won’t have to live in fear of sickness.
What I’m suggesting is simply to support your immune system always, not just when you are sick. If you have a strong immune system, your body will be less susceptible to illness.
Neurologically-based chiropractic care is proven to boost your immune competence up to 400% according to a study conducted by Ronald Pero, Ph.D., chief of cancer prevention research at New York’s Preventive Medicine Institute. Chiropractic patients had a 200% greater immune competence than those who did not receive chiropractic care and a 400% greater immune competence than those who had cancer or other diseases.
Keeping your child’s spine free of nerve interference can keep them healthy year round. In addition to how effective chiropractic care can be for your child, I have listed below some natural ways to support your child’s immune system. Incorporating these into your child’s daily routine can keep out urgent care and the pediatrician’s office!
8 Natural Ways to Boost Your Child’s Immune System
- Elderberry Syrup: Elderberry extract is one of the best general immune system boosters out there and is considered a powerhouse when it comes to health benefits. Give your child (ages 1-12) 1/2 to 1 tsp of elderberry syrup a day, more during times of illness. Check the bottle for dosing instructions. *This is also something that you can make at home. Click HERE for a great recipe.
- Vitamin C: If you know nothing about immune health, you probably know that you need Vitamin C when your not feeling well. It helps protect agains infections, reduces inflammation and the severity of illnesses. Unlike other vitamins, your body does not store it, which is why we need to keep dosing a fresh supply daily. To make sure that your child gets enough vitamin C, they need to eat 2-3 servings of Vitamin C rich veggies and fruits-berries, citrus, kiwi, bell peppers, dark green vegetables- everyday to avoid supplementation.
- Zinc: Zinc is an important immunity boosting mineral. It helps protect against viruses and bacteria and supports tissue repair. Protein rich food- red meat, shell fish, legumes, eggs, nuts, seeds- contain zinc.
- Water: Keep your child well hydrated at all times. Juices, teas, soups, do not make up for the recommended minimum of 6 glasses of water per day. As a general rule, adults and kids should drink a minimum of half their body weight in ounces a day. (Ex: If your child weighs 80 pounds, they should be drinking 40 ounces of water per day)
- Probiotics: Did you know that 70-80% of our immune tissue is in our digestive tract? This is why our immunity is very dependent on our gut health. When we keep a healthy gut, germs have less of a chance to grab a hold. Probiotics are good bacteria that help in maintaining good intestinal health. Whole and fermented foods like sauerkraut, kefir, and yogurt are also good ways to get probiotics through a natural food sources.
- Vitamin D: Getting enough Vitamin D is vital for children because it strengthens the immune system and contributes to proper bone growth. We get natural Vitamin D from the sun which is why it is important to get outside everyday. Because the days are shorter in the fall and winter, it is more difficult to get the natural Vitamin D from the sun. This is why I have an issue with the “cold and flu season” when really, we’re just getting less Vitamin D so our immune systems weaken. Supplementation is key during the fall and winter and this liquid supplement is a great choice to drop into your child’s beverages if they are not a fan of capsules.
- Bone Broth: Bone broth is an excellent source of amino acids that help fight inflammation. It’s a great preventative measure at the start of flu season. Whether you are making your own homemade bone broth or buying from your local grocery store, be sure to choose high-quality broth from grass-fed animals. This is a great store-bought option. Just heat it and drink up!
- Garlic, Ginger & Spices: Never underestimate the power of garlic, ginger, and anti-inflammatory spices. These superfoods help to fight any type of virus attacks and infection. Obviously, due to the strong flavor, you should be cautious when using all theses superfoods in your child’s meal, but consider introducing them gradually and your little one might actually enjoy all of the extra flavors.
One last thing…
Our children can grow up with a healthy immune system if they are:
- On a balanced diet with whole foods
- Get enough sleep
- Get fresh air for at least 2-3 hours a day
You don’t have to wait for your child to get sick or wait for cold and flu season. Use these natural immune boosters to strengthen your child’s immune system year round!
What methods do you use to boost your child’s immune system? Please share in the comments below!