Is it possible snacks that you provide to your children increases the risk of various diseases? It is possible, but some foods can help to strengthen your child’s immunity.
We know that what we eat has an impact on health. Therefore, it is important that you and your children eat a varied and that your diet is based on healthy foods.
Yogurt contains probiotics, which are important for the proper functioning of the digestive system. In addition to proper digestion, probiotics strengthen the immune system and help the body defend itself against disease. In one study it was shown that children who eat yogurt daily, have a 19% lower risk of developing colds, ear infections and throat.
Look for yogurt that contains live bacteria. When you open it, see if it turned up on top of a little liquid – it’s a good sign.
This dairy product is also an excellent source of probiotics. And while at first taste may be strange, very soon you and your child get used to it. Although not done much research on the topic of kefir has been proven to strengthen the immune system.
Walnuts are an excellent source of omega 3 fatty acids that are good for you for several reasons. Experts believe that omega 3 fatty acids help the body to fight off disease. In one small study has been shown to reduce the risk of respiratory infections.
Fruits and vegetables
To strengthen the immune system are best foods with high levels of vitamin C, such as citrus fruits, strawberries, peppers, broccoli and sweetpotato. Experts are not sure of how much vitamin C is necessary to enter in order to prevent the occurrence of flu or colds.
Lean meat is an excellent source of protein. It is also an excellent source of zinc, for which research has shown helps white blood cells to fight infections.
Tips to boost immunity
Allow your child to choose between healthy food. In this way you will help him from an early age to adopt healthy eating habits.
More is not always better. If one kiwi is enough, you do not have to give your child 10 kiwi. Excessive intake of vitamins will not help. When a child receives all the necessary materials, excess discarded.
Familiarize yourself with the boundaries. Remember that no single food can completely prevent the occurrence of disease. Therefore, if your child is sick, do not procrastinate with going to the doctor. Healthy foods can help him to heal, but are not a substitute for medication.
Choose whole foods. Of course it’s orange juice excellent source of vitamin C, but the whole orange is always a better choice. From whole foods you will get much more nutritional substances, compared to juices or supplements.
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