In the eyes of a kid, there is just not enough time to be sick. There are games to play, friends to see and fun to be had - your little ones are too busy to be struck with a cold or flu. As the summer holidays end and school starts for another year, parents reluctantly dread the influx of colds and flu into the household. Kids have a very sharing and caring nature, and tend to share their germs with everyone they come into close contact with. Forgetting to cover their mouths and use tissues can mean germs are spread from child to child, and eventually make the whole family sick in the process.
While colds and flus can make life hard for mums, dads and little ones; being sick actually plays an important role in developing the child’s immune system. When babies are born, they are not equipped with their full immune fund. Inside the womb, a baby relies on the mother’s immune system and will only develop their own immunity after exposure to the external environment and by building up the beneficial bacteria in the gut. A child’s immune system is continually developing as they get older. While you don’t want to wrap your kids up in cotton wool to prevent illness, it makes good sense to support kids’ immunity. Healthy kids are happy kids after all.
Probiotics for Kids
Supporting healthy immunity really does start in the gut. Most of the immune system is located in and around the gut, and healthy intestinal bacteria is essential for a robust immune system. It is a fine balancing act when it comes to good and bad bacteria, as there are so many elements which can throw out this delicate balance, such as antibiotics. Probiotics provide a convenient way to replenish beneficial bacteria and thereby support digestive and immune health.
Different probiotic strains exert different health benefits, so it is important to use products with the right strain for the required therapeutic benefit. With such a broad range of actions each strain of probiotic can have, it is important to choose the right strain for the required therapeutic benefit. Inner Health Immune Booster Kids contains the strains Lactobacillus acidophilus(NCFM®) and Bifidobacterium lactis (Bi-07) which are designed with your kid’s immune system in mind. These specific probiotic strains may assist in boosting your child’s immunity and may help reduce symptoms of colds and flu when they strike. There are also probiotic strains specific for helping to reduce the incidence of eczema in children. Ethical Nutrients Eczema Shield is a probiotic which contains a scientifically proven strain Lactobacillus rhamnosus (LGG®). When taken by mothers during pregnancy and breastfeeding, LGG® has been shown to help ease the uncomfortable itching and sleeplessness that commonly occur when children suffer with eczema.
Clinically Shown Results for Boosting Kids' Immune Function
Inner Health Immune Booster Kids is a formulation that has been clinically shown to reduce the incidence of upper respiratory tract infections, and to reduce the duration of symptoms in children. When taken daily, Inner Health Immune Booster for Kids may support your child’s health by:
- Reducing the duration and frequency of cold and flu symptoms.
- Reducing the incidence of runny noses and coughs.
- Reducing days absent from childcare and school due to colds.
Immune Boosting Recipes
A healthy diet is essential to ensure your kids are fighting fit and healthy throughout the year. Give your kids the best each day by including a variety of:
- Fresh fruits and vegetables including those high in vitamin C such as broccoli, zucchini, capsicum, citrus fruits and strawberries.
- Lean protein foods such as eggs, legumes, red meat, chicken, and fish.
- Healthy fats such as those found in oily fish, avocados, nuts, seeds and olive oil.
Here are some great healthy lunch ideas that are packed full of vitamins and minerals to help your kids keep sickness at bay.
Rainbow in a Lunchbox
Using a lunchbox that has dividers in it is a great way to encourage your children to eat a variety of colourful foods. In easy bite size pieces add a selection of:
- 3 - 4 cherry tomatoes cut into halves
- 3 sticks of celery
- 2 pieces of cheese, cubed
- 1 egg boiled and halved
- 3 carrot sticks
- 2 table spoons of hummus dip
- 1 cubed apple
- 3 dried apricots
- 3 dried pears
- 4 snow peas
Mushroom and Capsicum Frittata Serves: 4
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- 1 medium red or orange capsicum, seeded and cut into slices
- 1 medium yellow capsicum, seeded and cut into slices
- 2 cups (150 g) sliced mushrooms
- 8 large eggs
- 10 basil leaves, torn into small pieces
- Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius.
- Heat oil in a large non-stick frying pan over medium-high heat. Add the red and yellow capsicums; sauté until softened. Add mushrooms and sauté until vegetables are lightly browned.
- Remove from the heat and add beaten eggs and basil. Pour into an ovenproof dish and place in moderate oven to cook for 25 minutes, ensuring the frittata is firm to touch before removing from oven.
- To serve, loosen frittata around the edge with a spatula. Invert onto a large plate and cut into 4 equal wedges and serve with a side salad.
Incredible Green Hulk Smoothie
- ½ cup spinach leaves
- ½ avocado
- 1 banana
- 1 apple, chopped (no need to peel)
- 1 cup orange juice, preferably freshly squeezed
- 1 cup plain yoghurt
- 1 tbsp chia seeds (optional)
- Combine all ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth.
- Add to well-sealed drink bottle for easy transport.