We all want our kids to have a stronger immune system and fall sick less often. However, chemical medications in the form of pills, sprays and drops aren’t the safest way to protect health. Let’s resolve to natural immune support products – luckily, the choice is wide.
1. Rosehip herbal tea
Rosehip contains an enormous amount of Vitamin C, and can be given to babies starting from 4 months. But keep in mind that this immunity product removes potassium from body, so if your kid drinks rosehip herbal tea, supplement it with bananas, dried apricots, raisins, and all other potassium-rich foods.
Instead of buying rosehip tea in pharmacy, you can prepare it at home. Take two tablespoons of fresh or dried rosehip berries, pour over 30-40 oz of water, and leave overnight in a thermos bottle (alternatively, you can make tea in a pot and leave it wrapped in a towel). Don’t want to wait for so long? Take 100 grams of dried, or 50 grams of fresh rosehip berries, pour over the same amount of water, and keep on a low heat for 30 minutes.
Please, note that rosehip herbal tea should be given to kids not continually, but by 2-3 week courses with 1-month pause. Ideally, you should organize such courses in October-November, January, and March – the months when the immune system needs your special attention.
2. Honey – the best alternative to sugar
It’s not only delicious for kids – honey is super-useful for our immune system. It helps to treat cold and improves blood supply. Besides, honey is rich in ferments, vitamins, and minerals, and hive honey is especially useful. Of course, this immune support product would be suitable for children without allergy. An interesting fact: only 2% of people are allergic to honey, and pretty often, allergic reactions are caused by falsified products. For example, many people develop allergy not to honey, but to cane sugar contained in it. Therefore, your child may be not allergic to pure honey. If there were some allergic reactions, though, you shouldn’t experiment and try another sort of honey.
The best sorts are white and buckwheat honey. If your little one is tolerant to the sweet goodness, add it to porridges and hot drinks twice a week – 0.5-1 teaspoon will be enough. Prefer eating honey as a dessert? Here’s a great recipe!
You will need:
- 200 grams of dried apricots;
- 200 grams of walnuts;
- 200 grams of prune;
- 200 grams of raisins;
- 1 lemon;
- 3 table spoons of honey.
Wash the dried fruit properly, pour over boiled water and dry them. Wash the lemon, cut into pieces, and remove pips. Grind it all in blender. Add honey and mix everything properly. Store the dessert in your fridge, and take one teaspoon before breakfast. It’s a simple and yet very tasty way to give kid’s immune system a great boost.
3. Onion and garlic
Being among the strongest products to boost immune system, both garlic and onion have antibacterial properties and phytoncides that kill germs. Garlic also contains adenosine – a derivative of nucleic acid that’s used for building DNA and RNA. Besides, selenium, germanium and silicon help body to sustain the activity of vitamins C and E.
Some of garlic’s useful properties are saved after heat treating, so you can add it to dishes – meat, steamed vegetables, etc. It’s a good idea to keep a table with freshly cut garlic in your kid’s room during outbreaks of cold and flu – the product will enrich air with phytoncides helping body to resist viruses.
Concerned about the bad breath odor? Just chew a mint leave, or some parsley to get rid of it.’
Did you know that carrot has pretty strong healing properties? This immunity product raises overall body’s resistance to viruses, helps to overcome anemia and general weakness. Carrot removes toxins, optimizes metabolism and energizes. Thanks to a high level of phyroncides, it can kill bacteria as well as garlic does. To top it off, carrot is rich in B-Carotene that transforms into Vitamin A and improves vision.
You can grate carrot and add it to salads, or make juice from it. If your child has diarrhea, cooked carrot can help to treat it. It’s better to eat this product with sour cream or top milk – fat helps body to take up Carotene. Just like any other useful product, carrot shouldn’t be overeaten. Otherwise, kid’s liver won’t be able to process Carotene, and his or her skill will become yellow.
5. Sea fish
This is a great source of non-saturated fatty acids that stimulate brain and nervous system, and boost immunity. Aside from having Omega-3 acids, red fish contains phosphorus and iodine that improves functionality of the thyroid body.
To avoid problems with digestion, toddlers should better start with non-fatty red fish, for instance, humpback salmon (pink humpy). Expensive sorts of red fish (Atlantic and summer salmon) can be replaced cheaper ones, for example, keta salmon. You can cook fish in foil, but smaller kids who don’t like the product need some alternatives. You can boil fish, cut it, pour over with milk and whipped eggs and bake – this tender and tasty omelet will appeal even to the fussiest children.
Firstly, all kinds of nuts supply our body with non-saturated fatty acids that we need for normal growth and development, as well as elasticity of blood vessels. Secondly, many nuts, especially, hazelnuts, are rich in vitamin E that serves as a strong antioxidant. Thirdly, nuts contain a lot of protein that’s almost as valuable as the protein of animal origin.
Don’t give nuts to kids under 5 – it’s an allergic product that’s hard for stomach to digest. Start with one nut per day and check kid’s reaction. If your child is overweight, lose extra pounds before including nuts to his or her diet. 20-30 grams of kid’s favorite nuts twice a week will be enough.
7. Olive oil
Early Greeks called olive oil “liquid gold” and even used it as a currency, and this product is still precious! It consists of non-saturated fatty acids that reduce the level of harmful cholesterol while sustaining an optimal level of useful cholesterol types. Fats contained in olive oil have the structure close to the fats from breast milk. Moreover, olive oil stimulates the development of kids’ growing bones, strengthens walls of intestine and has a slight laxative action. You can start adding a drop of olive oil to soups and mashed vegetables for your kid, if he or she is at least seven months old.
Milk contains the optimal amount of protein, fats, carbohydrates and minerals. Don’t give your kid fat milk – 1.5-2.5% milk will be good.
Being rich in probiotics and calcium, yoghurt helps to maintain optimal bacterial balance in the intestive and improves the immune system. You can start giving yoghurt to your children starting from 1.5 years. Home-made dessert is always better, of course.
They improve intestinal bacterial flora and digestion. Apples preserve their nutritive value the entire winter – by February, the fruit starts losing vitamins. Apples are recommended for kids suffering from flu and cold, fatigue and anemia. Besides, they are given to children after recovery.
Although we don’t eat this product often, it’s a real find for kids with poor immune system. The vegetable has anti-inflammatory properties, and improves work of the immune system. A small portion of salad from boiled beet-root will improve your kid’s appetite. This product is perfect for kids with cold and flu: it’s digested easily and doesn’t cause discomfort when swallowed, if your little one complains about sore throat.
It’s the best type of meat for people following diets. Turkey is rich in protein, vitamins of B group, zinc, ferrum, and magnesium. The product boosts overall power for protection and prevents anemia.
One tea spoon of cut parsley a day is enough to cover the daily dose of vitamins and minerals! Parsley contains the vast majority of vitamins, calcium, ferrum, potassium, and phosphorus, which makes it a perfect product for treating cold and flu. Add a few parsley leaves to soups and other meals, if your kid likes its taste.
14. Crushed wheat
Crushed wheat contains vitamins and minerals, it’s easily digested, and improves metabolism. However, kids with allergy to gluten need some alternatives.