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Strengthen Your Child’s Immunity to Fight Classroom Bugs!
It is a good idea to strengthen your child’s immune system well before the cold season knocks on the door.
Start with the Belly
It might surprise some that we need to start the boost in the belly. This long tube, called the digestive tract is our first line of defense against microbial invaders.
Photo by Renee Comet
Top up on Good Bacteria
Probiotics (good) bacteria living in our gut represents 70% of our immunity. These microscopic soldiers help to fight off pathogenic (bad) bacteria and fungi, and at the same time, boost other components of the immune system, help our digestion and nutrient absorption. It is a good idea to top up the most important Lactobacilli and Bifidobacteria species by taking probiotics capsules for a month at each changing of season and after taking any medications, especially antibiotics.
Feed Good Bacteria with Fibre Rich Foods
Daily intake of a good variety of fruits and vegetables are needed, not only for their exceptional nutrient supply, but because they feed our beneficial bacteria with soluble fiber, helping them colonize our system. Other great sources of soluble fiber are whole grains and legumes (beans and peas).
Sugar Suppresses Immunity
Sugar on the other hand weakens the immunity. Just a teaspoon of the white crystals suppress the immunity by 50% for up to 5 hours – most likely by feeding pathogens.
... do not replace proper meals with refined, sugar loaded, processed foods.
Help Children Develop Good Eating Habits
Encourage children to have a piece of fruit and a little pure unsweetened fruit juice a day, and have some vegetables for both lunch and dinner. Disguise vegetables if needed by making soups, pasta sauces, stews, lasagna and falafel balls.
Don’t Give in - Provide Only Healthy Meals
If a child is reluctant to eat well, give him/her digestive enzyme supplements before meals and do not replace proper meals with refined, sugar loaded, processed foods. It is better if the child goes hungry every now and again then loading his/her system with immune suppressing sugar and chemicals.
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Try my Falafel Ballsrecipe with probiotic dip to get a kick start