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Recurrent infections in children

Another bad cough that wakes you up at night, a runny nose, otitis, bronchitis and antibiotics. Winter can be stressful for children and even more so for parents.

Did you ever consider strengthening your child’s immune system to prevent the infections that will inevitably come with the next winter? Here are a few basic principles to give your child an unbeatable immune system.

The foundation of a good immune system

Air quality
Far from being futile, pure air is the first natural health factor. Without pure air, we develop breathing problems and diseases. Pure air means, of course, air without cigarette smoke but it also means ventilated air. It is necessary to renew indoor air in your house and classroom, even during the winter. There are more and more air exchangers but not all of the apartments is equipped with one yet.

  • Open your windows every day; let some fresh air come in for 5 minutes.
  • Purify ambient air with an essential oil diffuser: use eucalyptus radiata, which disinfects with its antiviral and antibacterial properties.

Water quality
Have you ever noticed that tap water smells like bleach? Although water is clear, all waters are not equal. Water is essential to several biochemical transformations in our body. Currently, our municipalities evaluate the presence of bacteria to determine whether the water is drinkable or not. Its pH and mineral concentration are not evaluated.

  • Opt for filtered water, there are several filtration systems (Brita, Santevia); choose wisely.
  • Drink water at home temperature or your body will have to spend unnecessary energy to heat the liquid.
  • Encourage your children to drink water instead of juice.
  • Offer water before breakfast, it helps the body rehydrate.

Physical activity and rest
Nobody is against virtue, everyone agrees that you must move in order to be healthy. Sports help the immune system by improving blood circulation. Cells and other substances of the immune system (white blood cells) can then circulate more easily in the body. Let’s not neglect rests either, as it is essential to a good immune system. Nothing beats a good night’s rest to recharge your batteries.

  • Move, dance with your children and go play outside.
  • Make sure that your child has quiet moments before going to bed as well as enough sleeping time.
Eating well to strengthen your immune system
  • Avoid sugar as much as you can; sugar weakens your immune system. Do not forget the hidden sugar in juices and morning cereals.
  • Make sure that your child has sources of good fats: olive oil, coco butter, seeds and nuts for breakfast.
  • Plan 2 and even 3 meals of fish per week. Children love sardines; it is an excellent last-minute plan.
  • Prefer vegetables in all its forms: soup, puree, steamed, sautéed.
  • Use mushrooms: shiitakes, oyster, strong immune system tonic.
  • Add garlic, onions and green onions to many recipes. Onion puree is delicious and has a sweet taste.
  • Make sure to get proteins in every meal. Proteins allow the body to produce antibodies. Eggs, ricotta cheese, Greek yogurt, fish, tofu, tempeh, legumes and meats are excellent sources of proteins.
  • Add sprouts and shoots to your meals (alfalfa, sunflower sprouts)
  • Offer kefir for breakfast or as a snack to your children; it is a fermented yogurt in which there are many healthy bacteria for your intestine health.

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