How to Boost Your Child’s Immune System
It’s that time of year again. The flu and germs are everywhere. Instead of being a hermit, we load up on immune boosters and pray we can keep the colds away! Here are some things you can do to boost your child’s immune system.
Disclaimer: This is not medical advice. Please do your own research and check with your physician/pediatrician before starting any new supplement.
1. Elderberry Syrup: This can be used for major cold and flu relief, as well as boosting your immune system! You can either make this at home or buy it. We have done both. For the girls we absolutely love these elderberry gummies. I would prefer to give them the syrup, but my youngest is not a fan. To make it at home we use this recipe and order the berries on Amazon.
2. Honey: Honey is a natural immune booster and anti-inflammatory agent. It also has antioxidant and antimicrobial properties to help fight infections from viruses, bacteria, and fungi. Give me allllll the honey! Make sure you wait until the littles are at least one year old with this one.
3. Vitamin D: Studies have shown that Vitamin D helps your body fight off a wide range of infections. Our culture is extremely deficient in Vitamin D. Getting out in the sun (with proper sun protection) is one of the best ways to soak up some Vitamin D!
4. Vitamin C: Vitamin C is one of the best things you can take when you have a cold, and aid in preventing one. We have personally used a Vitamin C Spray with my oldest. She loves it! My sister in law currently uses a Vitamin C powder and swears by it. We just ordered some of this as well! #stayawayflu
5. Breastfeeding: I think we all know about this one! Without a doubt, an incredible way to benefit your baby’s immune system. Breastmilk contains antibodies, immune factors, enzymes, and white blood cells. I’m actually waiting to wean my almost two year old until flu season is over!
6. Sleep: We could do all of the things listed above, but if we aren’t resting we are putting our immune system at risk. Sleep deprivation suppresses our immune system.
7. Probiotics: Probiotics are full of “good bacteria” that help protect our digestive tracts and shield us from invading bacteria and viruses. We use this one and love it!
8. FOOD! The most important one in my book. Food really does control so many things, including the immune system. Here are some foods that can aid in boosting your immune system:
- Yogurt – because of all the probiotics
- Vegetables – especially greens and carrots
- Eggs, lean meats and everything protein
- Garlic – sneak it in somewhere! It has antibacterial and antiviral properties
- Fish – full of Omega-3 fatty acids and healthy fats
- Fruit – the deeper and darker the fruit, the better! Yay antioxidants!
9. Exercise: Kids don’t usually need a lot of push to get out there and move! Exercise can boost your immune system by providing a boost to the cells in your body that are designed to attack bacteria. Get out there and play!
10. Wash your hands: This is especially important before and after meals, after playing outside, blowing their nose, handling pets and using the bathroom.
Did I miss any immune boosters? Let me know in the comments below! You can never have enough!
Here are some of our favorite products that we have used and absolutely love: