Naturally Boost Your Child’s Immune System

Is your child constantly getting sick? If your child brings home the sniffles or the flu more than once or twice a year, you can help them build a stronger immune system, so they’re more resilient to illness. Keep your child healthy with these simple lifestyle tweaks.

Immune health starts with a great diet.

Give your child plenty of fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins, the building blocks of a healthy, well-rounded diet. Just as important, cut out processed sugar wherever you can. Sugar can actually weaken the immune system, leading to more tummy bugs and colds.

Make sure your child is getting enough rest.

Your child needs a lot more sleep than you do. While eight hours is enough for most adults, kids need morebetween 10 and 14 hours a night. A well-rested child is better able to fight off sickness. They’re also less likely to feel stressed or anxious, which is another factor in an under-performing immune system.

Give probiotics a try.

Gut health plays a big role in the body’s ability to fight off germs, and this is just as true for kids as it is for adults. Give your kids gut-healthy fermented foods, such as yogurt and kimchi. You can also try giving them probiotic supplements, especially if they don’t like fermented foods. (Take a supplement yourself, too!)

Don’t freak out when your child has a fever.

Many parents rush for the ibuprofen when their child has a fever, but this often isn’t necessary. In fact, a fever indicates that your child’s immune system is kicking in to fight off an unfriendly invader. It’s still a good idea to check in with your child’s pediatrician if your child is running a fever, though.

Make exercise fun.

Exercise does a body good. Kids (and adults) who exercise regularly aren’t just fitter – their white blood cells are more effective, meaning they fight off illnesses more quickly. Encourage your kids to work up a sweat regularly, or exercise together as a family a few times a week.

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