Cold and flu season.

It’s a parent’s worst nightmare.  The media is already having a field day with the new respiratory virus hitting several states in the US.  The image of a young girl with an oxygen mask over her face is enough to send a shiver down any mom’s back.  Personally, I try to ignore the fear-based media reporting as much as I can.  Yes, I think it’s important to be aware of current events and especially of new viruses our children might encounter in school.  But I also know that the severity of any virus is also influenced by the strength of a person’s own immune system.

For instance, two children can catch the exact same virus and each will experience a different severity of the virus depending on individual immune function.  The media is reporting on worst case scenarios and we really have little-to-no background on each child’s health history.  So, instead of worrying about the worst case scenarios we hear about on the news, let’s instead focus on what we can do to increase immune function today.

You can help your child stay healthy and strong in the face of new and unidentified viruses this season by incorporating proactive and positive immune boosting habits into your child’s life NOW.  So if and when a virus visits your home the illness stays mild and resolves quickly.  Here are 8 ways to keep children healthy this winter.

1)  Increase immune boosting food and drink.  Immune boosting food and drink keeps the body well-nourished so when viruses do strike the immune system has fuel to work efficiently.  Immune boosting foods like garlic, ginger, fresh green juices, and foods packed full of vitamin C like cut orange slices or pomegranate seeds are a great addition to your weekly meal planning.  Fermented food and drink is also very important to keep healthy gut flora populated in the digestive tract. Read more about natural immune boosters for kids here.  Also learn about properly preparing your food for optimal nutrient absorption.


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