It's a fact...people tend to have more illnesses during the winter months. With limited exposure to fresh air indoors we come into closer contact with each other's germs and get sick more easily. As their immune system develops, children are especially susceptible to colds, flu and other viruses. While the goal is to avoid these nasty bugs as much as possible, it makes sense to boost our natural barriers to maximize your "wellness" days. You can help your child follow the basic rules for staying healthy, through diligent hand washing, getting plenty of sleep, eating a healthy diet, and giving them the extra ammunition they need to maintain their immune systems and stay healthy in the face of winter's ills.
Natural immune boosting tools are available from foods in the form of antioxidants. Antioxidants are the vitamins A, C and E and some phytonutrients found in breast milk, fruits, vegetables, whole grains, juices, nuts and seeds. If your child is no longer benefiting from the natural immunity provided by breast milk, then adding antioxidant rich juices and foods is important. Small amounts of antioxidants do big work. A one year-old's daily requirement of vitamin C is 40 milligrams. Vitamin C and vitamin A, act in many ways to support the optimal function of the immune system.
Help your child get a bountiful amount of these immune supporting antioxidants
Vitamin C :
Found in vitamin-enriched juices, fresh citrus fruit, citrus juices, broccoli, potatoes and sweet peppers. Earth's Best provides a wide variety of vitamin C rich foods including:
Vitamin E :
The antioxidant properties of vitamin E help support the immune cells that produce antibodies and reduce bacteria. vitamin E is especially rich in vegetable oils such as olive oil, nuts, seeds and wheat germ.
Earth's Best Infant Cereals provide a good source of vitamin E as well as other immune supporting nutrients.
The iron in Earth's Best cereals is critical to children's brain and nervous system development well into the second year of life. Try keeping it appealing even as they get older by making it thicker and adding such things as raisins or applesauce, or top with a bit of honey (after the age of one).
This antioxidant is located in vegetables and deep yellow/orange fruits and vegetables like apricots, mangos, carrots, sweet potatoes. The body converts beta-carotene to vitamin A, which itself plays a role in immune functions. Fill your child up with colorful foods such as Earth's Best Carrots, Sweet Potatoes, or the Sweet Potato & Apricot Antioxidant blend.