As parents, nothing pains us more than to see our child suffer. It is common for children to fall prey to cough, cold, and other infectious diseases. However, being a parent, you can ensure that your child remains miles away from theses by building a strong immunity in them. Providing our children with healthy food, habits, and environment plays a vital role in this. In this article, we are going to discuss how to increase immunity in kids.
Make sure that your kids get their vaccines on time. This will not only help the children stay away from fatal diseases but also help develop a healthy immune system and will keep diseases at bay.
- Ensure they eat nutritious food
Make sure that you incorporate the rainbow in their diet. Their platter should have foods of all color. Encourage them to have berries, bell peppers, and broccoli since these are rich in antioxidants. You can prepare interesting and colorful recipes with these that your kids will love. Also, vitamin C rich fruits such as oranges and lime will give a boost to their immune system. You can prepare healthy drinks for kids with these fruits. Spinach which is a rich source of iron, will help in the production of white blood cells and antibodies. Fish, eggs, and chicken are a rich source of protein. You can use these in sandwiches or make soups with these. Also, make it a point to include nuts, seeds, grains, and beans which are rich in omega fatty acids in their diet.
- Ample physical play
“All work and no play make Jack a dull boy.” Ensure that your kid indulges in physical activities. Swimming, running, badminton, cricket, dancing are some of the activities that ensure proper physical growth of children. Encourage them to play in the open so that they get their daily dose of vitamin D. Also, teach them the benefits of walking barefoot on the green grass.
- Healthy sleeping habits
Make sure that your kid gets at least 10-12 hours of uninterrupted sleep. It will ensure that your kid’s body repairs itself, while sleeping which will further help to keep diseases at bay. Adequate sleep helps in overall health of children.
- Healthy drinks for kids
Most kids have a sweet tooth and are prone to asking for sugary beverages. However, being parents, we should always guide them towards healthy options. Coconut water provides a good amount of vitamin C, potassium, and magnesium, which are important for children. Also, certain smoothies made of banana, strawberries, pineapple, litchi, avocados, peach, and beets can be excellent choices for kids. Also, make sure that they avoid drinks such as soda and sweetened beverages since these can often lead to obesity and dental cavities.
Providing our kids healthy food, habits, and environment, along with lots and lots of love and affection will keep away the blues and ensure a better future.