Monday, September 28, 2015

How to boost your child's immunity

If you're anything like me, or most of my friends with kids, then you've probably dealt with your fair share of runny noses, colds and fevers. You may have even been unfortunate enough to have dealt with hand, foot and mouth like we have. Kids have a habit of getting sick {a lot}, especially if they attend daycare. You'll never stop kids getting sick altogether, but to help minimise the chance of them catching every lurgy going around, the team at HealthInsuranceComparison.com.au have put together a list of ways to boost your child's immunity.


Boosting Your Child’s Immunity


Do you worry about how often your child gets ill? Getting sick might seem like an inevitable part of growing up but it’s often no coincidence that some children have very robust immune systems, while others catch everything going around. If your child falls into the latter category, here’s some good news: the experts believe that you can help your child to build a stronger immune system with some lifestyle and diet changes.

You Are What You Eat

Building a strong immune system is closely connected to diet. A balanced diet is a must for good health so you probably won’t be too surprised to know that it’s one of the main building blocks for a more resilient immune system. At its most simplest, this involves making sure that your child is getting a range of key nutrients that are vital for a healthy immune system, including vitamin C, Vitamin D, B vitamins, zinc, essential fatty acids and antioxidants.
You know the importance of making sure that your child eats at least 5 pieces of fruit and vegetables each day but some have particular benefits when it comes to immunity. Carrots, strawberries, oranges and green beans all contain phytonutrients for much stronger resistance against viruses, for example. Berries are a good source of vitamin C, and also contain antioxidants. They can be added to cereals or eaten as snacks.  Leafy greens can be added to lasagne or made into smoothies if your child isn’t keen on eating them.
Garlic is a natural antibiotic and can work wonders for building stronger immunity. It is most effective when it’s fresh and raw, and can be added to pasta dishes to disguise the taste.

Building a Healthier Digestive System

Taking probiotics on a daily basis can help to restore levels of healthy bacteria in the gut for better digestive health. Yoghurt can also work well in this regard, especially those with active cultures.

Limiting Sugar and Additives

Studies have suggested that eating too much sugar can have negative impact on resilience and may actually weaken the immune system. If your child is regularly eating junk food and sugary drinks, this may go some way towards explaining why they pick up bugs and viruses, especially if it isn't evened out with lots of healthy, immune-boosting foods as well.

Staying Hydrated

Even a relatively mild level of dehydration means that your child’s body isn’t functioning as effectively as it could be. Water and milk are the best options for staying hydrated. Fizzy drinks and juices with high sugar content should be restricted or avoided.

Can Health Insurance Help?

If you’re concerned that your child’s immunity may be compromised by allergies, you may be interested to know more about Nutrition/Dietetics support, which is available on Extras health insurance with some health funds. This can also be invaluable if your child’s diet is likely to have an effect on their physical health due to a particular condition that they have. Seeing a dietician privately can soon become fairly expensive but health insurance can cover some of this to make it more affordable. You’ll usually need a mid to top level Extra policy for this type of support to be included, as basic Extras policies do not usually cover it.



At www.HealthInsuranceComparison.com.au, we’re all about helping more Australians to understand health insurance and find the best cover for their needs and budget. Whether you’re just trying to get a feel for the market or you’ve already got a very good idea of what you need to be covered for, we’ll help you to find a policy that works for you.

Linking with Eva & Alicia 

10 comments:

  1. We have seriously being sick as a family ALL winter. It is driving me around the bend so when I saw your post I had to read it. We have been trying all of the above plus probiotics seems to be helping of late and the Inner Health plus immune booster - anything to avoid this sickness. Great post and a good reminder you are what you eat!

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    1. Yes anything to avoid being sick! Its so heartbreaking when your kids are sick {not to mention being stuck inside for days on end}.

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  2. I definitely agree with the fact that the foods we eat keep us healthy but it seems that often even doing that doesn't keep you clear of the nasties!

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    1. Yea sometimes there are just so many bugs going around kids are bound to pick something up. I don't think you can ever stop kids getting sick completely, they share too many germs with each other.

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  3. We are stuck with good old (expensive) HCF because my husband had cancer so no one else will insure him. We've been a bit naughty with the diet these holidays. Really need to get back to healthy eating. Great tips.

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    1. I wish bub would {willingly} eat more healthy foods, I have to resort to smuggling fruit and veggies lately.

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  4. We have had every bloody bug known to man this winter! I've been trying to increase our vitamin C, and also giving the kids probiotics... I can't wait for the warmer weather!
    #TeamMM

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    1. We didn't do too bad, but the times we did get sick it hit really bad.

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  5. I often worry about whether my kids are getting enough vitamins and minerals. They don't seem to get as sick as most kids, so hopefully they are OK. Have to keep pushing the fruit and veggies!

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    1. They're obviously doing ok then Alicia, must have good immune systems :)

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