Ensuring your child has a strong immune system is vital for his health and wellbeing. Making sure that he gets the right food intake and good exercise will benefit him in many ways. Not only will he be healthier and have more energy but he will also have the ability to fight any illnesses that may attack him.
With our busy lives it has become more and more difficult to ensure we and our children eat properly. There seems to be no time to prepare food properly, instead microwave ovens and pre-packaged foods are the order of the day. It is vitally important for your child to build their immune system up in order to live a healthy life. Vaccinations will not do that for them. Sweet snacks and white bread certainly won’t.
In our current society it is also too easy to turn to medicines to fix problems but you could save yourself much more time (and money) by ensuring that your child has a good immune system in the first place. Allowing the body to fight illness itself builds your immunity over a longer period of time. Plus, with a good immune system you recover much quicker if you do get ill.
Taking medicines doesn’t allow the body to work the way it was intended. Inevitably it takes longer for your child to recover from the illness because you have interfered with the body by introducing medicines, which affect your immune system in a negative manner.
I live consciously regarding food and exercise and have not been to a doctor in 20 years. I have had the odd cold and the flu once in that time but did not take any medicines for them. In fact I have taken no medicines in the last 20 years. My body easily fights off any onslaught. Because of my food and lifestyle choices my immune system is very strong.
In raising our children we have used the same philosophies. Our 2 year old has only been sick twice. She had a fever once which she fought off without any medicines. She also had a stomach bug which she caught from my wife but she was the first to recover. She has a fantastic immune system and has never taken any medicines. She never catches a cold.
I put this down to simply watching food intake and ensuring the right nutrients are present in our children’s diet.
Here are some suggestions for strengthening your child’s immune system naturally:
- Avoid partially hydrogenated fats (contained in packaged snack foods) because they promote inflammation and prevent healthy fatty acids from being incorporated into cells. Read labels of prepared foods and you will find that these fats are everywhere: in crackers, chips, cookies, and desserts.
- Avoid French fries and other deep fried foods from fast food ‘restaurants’. The oils in these foods are rancid.
- Avoid foods with added sugar, (e.g. sugared breakfast cereals, sodas, cookies, and ice cream). The majority of cereals contain a lot of sugar. Sugar is a big problem and affects the immune system in a very negative way. See Sugar & Kids
- Corn syrup is especially difficult for the body to metabolize. Corn syrup is everywhere so read the labels.
- Use fruit spreads instead of jam. Ensure your child gets lots of fresh fruit. Dried fruit is also good but moderate it.
- Freshly squeezed juices, preferably vegetable. It’s best to eat your fruits and juice your vegetables. Our 2 year old has a large glass of fresh vegetable juice every day (Carrots, Beetroot & Red Pepper).
- Lots of water, your body needs hydration. People do not drink enough water.
- Use whole grains and whole wheat bread rather than products made with “wheat flour,” which means white flour.
- Use organic foods whenever possible, and your child will not be eating pesticides that injure the liver.
- Breastfeeding is the best protection you can provide for your child. The longer you breastfeed, the more your child will benefit. Breastfeeding prevents infections and the complications of childhood illness.
- Do not give antibiotics unless absolutely necessary.
- Avoid Decongestants, they suppress the body’s immune system and add more harmful chemicals to your child’s body, prolonging infections and causing hyperactivity.
- Do not give medicines without serious consideration, only if really necessary, not to save you time.
- Consider what, if any, vaccinations you give to your child. Check out Disease v Vaccination – where does the risk really lie