Illnesses can interfere with your child’s school, detract from his or her ability to learn, create long-term secondary conditions, require you to take time off work to take your child to the doctor, and so on.
The best way to avoid these negatives is to keep your child from getting sick. While there’s no way to completely eliminate the chances of your child falling ill, there are a number of things you can do to lessen the chances of acquiring an illness.
Start with a sound diet
A healthy diet will support the growth of a healthy body with a robust immune system. That’s why opting for one can have your child stay healthy.
Sugar is one thing you will want to teach your child to avoid. Bacteria loves to use it, and it can weaken the body’s immune system. The ideal diet is low in sugar, has a balanced amount of fats, has an adequate amount of protein, and has all the vitamins and nutrients a growing body needs.
Supplement missed vitamins
Certain vitamins are easy to miss, but they are essential to promoting a strong immune system. Vitamins A, B6, C and E should be included in your child’s diet, as should the proper amount of copper, folic acid, iron, selenium and zinc.
If your child’s diet lacks these nutrients, then don’t be afraid to add a supplement or multivitamin to the mix.
Exercise is another healthy habit that can boost your child’s immune system. It promotes a strong circulatory system, which in turn allows the immune response to more quickly respond to any foreign bodies.
Moderate aerobic activity will do your child wonders in terms of keeping sickness away. This is why enrolling your child in activities after school can sometimes be incredibly beneficial.
Get some rest
The body requires a certain amount of recovery to ensure that it can repair damaged cells, replenish white blood cells, and keep conditions like inflammation in check.
Failure to get enough rest can result in a severely compromised immune system, which just invites invaders. Your child needs to get between 7 to 9 hours of sound rest each day to accomplish this.
Given how schedules align, doing so can be difficult. Some tips for helping your child get a sound night’s rest include: avoiding sugar before bed, allow time to relax before bed, a warm bath, and minimizing TV.
Opt for essential oils
Essential oils represent a natural way to remove toxins and other unhealthy elements from the blood. They may contain many properties that are designed to accomplish this. The major benefit of these oils is that they are generally safe to use, which includes children.
Some can be added to juice, others can be added to food, and some may be taken on their own as a daily supplement. Other times, topical application can be the most beneficial.
Some oils, like frankincense, have been around for a long time and used by many people through the years, and D Gary Young explains the power and history of essential oils. The idea is that they can support the continued development of a healthy body, which in turn makes it that much harder for germs to affect your child.
The simplest piece of advice to improve your child’s health is to help him or her laugh. This action supports the movement of the lymphatic system.
Unlike the circulatory system, there is no dedicated pump that moves the cells in the lymphatic system. Laughter moves the diaphragm, which in turn allows the lymphatic system to circulate due to a change in pressure.
As more cells flow throughout the body, the immune system becomes more effective. It can rapidly dispatch invaders, which in turn means that sickness becomes less frequent.
While actions like washing hands can help with reducing the number of germs on the body, supporting a healthy immune system will provide the best results when it comes to keeping illness away from your child.
The immune system is both the first and last line of defense against illness. By following the tips above, you will help your child’s immune system stay strong and effective.
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