Published Date : 30 Oct 2017
Immunity – Have you started building it in your kids yet?
It is said that you are what you eat. Rather, what you eat today will shape how you live tomorrow. There is an indelible truth in every word of this statement. Immunity is perhaps the key factor that decides your health. Rains are over. Now it’s winter & thus your child becomes more susceptible to diseases and infections. Wherever you go, you watch your kids play in the playground alongside kids with runny noses or with severe coughs, or maybe with conjunctivitis too.
You watch helplessly as those same fingers go into their mouths or the nose, and there it is- the perfect inlet for the germs and eventually infections. As a parent, you have 2 choices –
1) Become over-cautious. Do not let the children play out considering risk to hygiene factors.
2) Let them play for a brief while and ensure they immediately have a good bath before resuming to studies, eating and ensure you are building immunity to protect them from the possibility of an infection.
But haven’t you enjoyed rains as a child?
Haven’t you jumped on the little puddles and made paper boats?
Haven’t you eaten golas & pani-puris on the street?
Haven’t you had the orange stick ice-cream at the beach?
Then why shouldn’t your kids enjoy the same in their childhood? Why do you not want your children to enjoy these wonderful moments?
IT IS OK TO LET GO SOMETIMES!
So, what can you do as a mother? How can you boost your child’s immunity?
These foods listed below are the top 3 foods which will go a long way in boosting immunity levels in kids:-
Lemons and other citrus foods
Lemons are considered to be one of the super foods packed with Vitamin C, Vitamin B6, Vitamin A,
Vitamin B, folate. It has become an essential in our everyday diet. Lemon juice can be added to many of the dishes and make it tangy and tasty. You can have ½ a lemon a day diluted with water or added to foods.
Experiments have proved that lemon juice destroys the bacteria of malaria, cholera, diphtheria typhoid and other deadly diseases. An added benefit being that it also destroys intestinal worms. Thus, making it very useful and relevant when it comes to kids’ health, as we all know what all goes into their little tummies. Above all, it is very helpful in boosting the immune system.
The famous tagline that we all associate with the National egg campaign in India is “Sunday ho yaa
Monday, roz khao Andey”. This initiative has gone a long way in promoting the consumption of an egg every day in kid’s diet. Be it in the way of scrambled eggs, boiled egg, raw egg or omelettes, no other food can substitute eggs, as it is one of the only foods with naturally occurring vitamin D. They also include a number of other immune-boosting nutrients such as B vitamins, selenium, B12 vitamin and folic acid. It is important to note that the egg is a complete protein food and has 6 grams of proteins per serving.
Oats and other whole grains
Oats and other whole grain cereals like wheat, rye, barley, maize, corn, ragi and lentil, to name a few are very rich in Vitamin B. Vitamin B6, pantothenoic acid and folic acid are helpful in strengthening the immune system. Vitamins can not only help fight the bacteria away but also give the necessary impetus to the immune system to fight back in the event of any disease or infections. Thus, it is very important to include them in your kid’s diet.
I hope you include these superfoods in your child’s diet but in case they are fussy eaters or need an extra boost, you can always look into including food supplements in their diet. Immuno Boosters make kids active. Children love it as it tastes like chocolate and parents love it as it contains 100% of the daily recommended dietary allowance of important nutrients.
With the extra immunity boost, you can let them do all those things that you loved to do as a kid including letting them play in the rain!