It is that time of year where your kiddos are coming home with all sorts of bugs that they are more than happy to share with you. They go to daycare or school and catch the current infection and end up keeping you home from your regular activities or work, or even worse, you catch the bug too. What if you can help your children by building their immune system, so that they are less likely to catch the bug or if they do catch it, the infection is less bad and easier to manage? Sound like a good idea? If so, keep reading. For that matter, boosting your own immune system is a great idea as well. If you are interested, email us and ask to get my Free Boosting Your Immune System Guide.
Let me give you some ideas about helping kids stay healthy.
Finding out and eliminating your child’s food sensitivities will keep them healthiest. Initially, introducing foods slowly is best. If however, it is too late for that, a modified elimination diet is a good place to start.
The nine most common food sensitivities are:
Dairy, Wheat, Sugar, Corn, Potatoes, Soy, Meat, Citrus fruits, and Peanuts
Bananas and strawberries are common as well.
Here is a biggie to understand: sugar depletes the immune system. Keeping sugars to a minimum allows for better cellular function, a more alkaline system, a healthier microbiome and balanced blood sugar.
Watch out for a dairy sensitivity as it is the most common cause for otitis media, leading to antibiotics and tubes.
There is definitely a time and place for antibiotic use; they can be life saving. And, I suggest we do our best to avoid the need for antibiotics. Antibiotics kill all bacteria, not just the “bad” ones. We need to replenish the gut if they are used with great probiotics, both during and after the antibiotic use.
I am a fan of Vitamin D3 use, even in children. Having adequate Vitamin D3 is incredibly important to keep your immune system functioning at an optimal level. I typically recommend up to 30 international units (which is the same as up to 0.75 mcg) per pound.
These are just a few ideas of how to keep your kiddos healthy, and inturn, to keep you healthy as well. If you are looking for more help, ask us for our Free Boosting Your Immune System Guide or give us a call to set up an appointment for your child and/or for yourself.