Foods to Boost the Immune System
Want to boost your immune system?
Look no further than what you're eating and drinking!
Focus on fueling your digestive system with nutrient-rich foods because 80% of our immune system resides in our gut. What you and your child eat can have a direct impact on your immunity. Adding immune boosters into your meals is an excellent strategy for both this cold and flu season and year-round.
Bonus! Strive for a happy, healthy stomach. What does that mean? Well a healthy gut may lead to a happy person since 90% of your neurotransmitters are in your gut. So fascinating, right!?
Here are some foods that may help boost your immune system.
- Organic low sugar yogurt offers beneficial bacteria, including probiotics. A 2010 study suggests that yogurt's probiotics decreased the risk of ear infections, strep throat, and common cold by 19% in children.
- Foster a love for green leafy vegetables from an early age in your kiddos. Leafy greens are rich in immune-boosting nutrients. Especially iron, which is essential for the production of white blood cells and antibodies.
- Beta carotene, responsible for the bright color of carrots and orange peppers, supports the body's mucus membrane lining the respiratory and intestinal tracts. Why is this so important? It makes it harder for bacteria to enter the bloodstream and cause diseases.
- Protein in the form of eggs and salmon are great sources of Vitamin D. We know how vital Vitamin D is as it's involved in your child's immune function, growth, and defense against infections and allergies. Lean meats supply the body with zinc, which accelerates white blood cells to deal with illness.
Soup broths are fortified with immune-boosting properties when garlic, basil, bay leaves, fennel seeds are added to the mix. Garlic has antibacterial and antiviral properties as it stimulates the production of white blood cells.
- Staying hydrated with non-sugary, vitamin-rich beverages like KidsLuv is very important. Sugar weakens the immune system. And that's just another great reason to choose KidsLuv drinks since they are sweetened with ZERO sugar and instead use Stevia. Studies suggest that Stevia boosts the immune system.
Talk to your kiddos about what it means to boost their immune system by leading a healthy, active lifestyle is an integral factor supporting their overall wellness. Becoming their best health advocate is about making healthy choices for you and your family.
Help your kids understand their health from an early age and they'll be empowered for their lifetime!
Always check with your primary medical physician before starting any new food or supplement.
Nancy Guberti is a Functional Medicine Specialist, Nutritionist, and passionate to empower others to become their health advocate. She is the founder of Total Wellness Empowerment Membership & Podcast, Look and Feel Great Method, and Raising Achievers & Givers: Positively Powerful Parent program. Learn more & be empowered at nancyguberti.com.
The Effect of Probiotics on Prevention of Common Cold: A Meta-Analysis of Randomized Controlled Trial Studies
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