It’s that time of the year again. The dreaded cold / flu virus is lurking around the corner and as parents we know that having a sick child in the house is certainly not fun and usually results in the whole household becoming sick as well. So how can you help support your child’s immunity this winter?
Gut, Immunity and Probiotic Supplementation
Firstly by supporting your child’s digestive system!! Yes this may sound unusual but did you know that approximately 70% of your immune cells live within the digestive tract, therefore taking good care of your child’s digestive system will go a long way to improving and enhancing their immunity. One study looked at the efficacy of probiotic supplementation and reducing common winter illnesses in children aged 3-7 years old. The results showed that 3 month probiotic supplementation was effective in decreasing the risk of common, infectious diseases in children and reduced days absent from school.
Herbs and nutrients also play an important role in supporting childhood immunity. Natural remedies will aid in providing symptomatic relief as well as addressing the underlying immune imbalances.
My 5 favourite go to natural remedies I use to support childhood immunity.
You can further support your child’s immunity by ensuring they are getting plenty of healthy wholesome foods, enough sleep and keep inflammatory foods such as sugars, white bread, soft drinks, cakes and dairy to a minimum.
Children are constantly exposed to viruses and bugs especially when attending school and day care. Having a child that is always sick effects the whole family so if you are concerned about your child’s immunity or wish to know how you can boost your child’s immune system this winter then book in a complementary naturopathic assessment at Karrinyup Wellness Centre.
Have a healthy happy 2016 winter!
Natasha Norton BHSc (Nat)
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