“Getting exposed to bacteria and viruses from birth plays an important role in building up the child’s immune system to fight future infections.”
We all enter this world with an inexperienced immune system. Slowly, children prime their immunity by battling an ongoing series of germs, viruses, and other organisms—which is why many paediatricians consider six to eight colds, bouts of flu, or ear infections per year normal.
The immune system of children is the soldier that fights against illnesses and infections and plays a big role in ensuring their growth, health and wellbeing.
Everything from the climate, food, eating habits and lifestyle is undergoing a constant change. The effect of each of these changes on child’s health will be determined by the strength of the child’s immune system. As it is not always possible to control the external factors, it becomes important for children to develop a strong immune system.
With this pandemic, it has become critical to focus on their immunity in addition to their basic nutrition. Thus, it is necessary to make changes in their diet and lifestyle in such a way so as to boost their immunity
Here are five ways to kick your kid’s immune system into high gear.
- Give them a healthy diet
The most important thing that affects your child’s immunity is diet. A growing taste for fast food and its easy availability doesn’t seem to help the case. It affects the digestion process and the body eventually misses out on important nutrients that aid in child growth and immunity.
Having good digestion plays an important role in the overall Immunity of the child. To keep their digestive fire strong, ensure that they eat warm, home-cooked meals and stay away from processed foods and foods containing artificial colours and preservatives.
Using spices like cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, turmeric, and ginger also supports the Agni or digestive fire.
Serve your child fruits and vegetables like carrots, papaya, oranges, strawberries as they all contain carotenoids, which are immunity-boosting phytonutrients. Phytonutrients may increase the body’s production of infection-fighting white blood cells and interferon, an antibody that coats cell surfaces, blocking out viruses.
- Make sure they get enough sleep
One more important aspect of a child’s health is sound sleep. Adequate sleep is an absolute necessity to rejuvenate the body. Sleep deprivation suppresses the functionality of the immune system and can make you more susceptible to illness by reducing natural killer cells, immune-system weapons that attack microbes and germs. Ensure your child sleeps enough. Incomplete or disturbed sleep can make your child easily tired and more prone to infections.
- Keep them active
Exercise keeps us healthy and less likely to get sick. The immune system works best when challenged regularly. Children should really be active for an hour a day. Research shows that exercise increases the number of natural killer cells and stimulates the immune system.
Encourage your child to engage in any form of physical activity as it increases the blood circulation, balances their energy levels, and also improves the flow of nutrients.
- Suvarna Prashan
Suvarna prashan is a natural way to build immunity in children. It is described in Ayurveda to enhance intellect, memory, vision, hearing acuity, physical strength, immunity, digestion and metabolism in a growing child. Suvarna bhasma is mixed with honey, ghee, Brahmi, Shankhapushpi and many essential herbs to develop intelligence and immunity in a growing child and support overall growth and development.
- Ayurvedic Herbs
Ayurveda has designated herbs and immunity-boosting formulations that are the time-tested solutions for boosting immunity in children.
Consumption of herbs like Guduchi, Amalaki, Yashtimadhu, Draksha, Bala and Shatavari help children stay healthier as they help to build immunity.
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