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Five natural ways to boost your child’s immune system

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Adding fruits or flax seed oil into cereals can help your child stomach immunity-boosting foods in the morning.Exercising as a family encourages kids to be more active, and boosts their immune systems in the process.

Children are exposed to an endless array of germs and viruses every day in their daily lives, be it from the environment, their friends or animals. While getting sick as a child is part of the body’s process to build up an inexperienced immune system, it doesn’t hurt to give his or her immune system a boost. Here are some natural ways to do so.

Load up on the right foods

There’s a reason why fruits and vegetables take up such a huge portion of our recommended daily intake. Vitamins B and C are two of the most important in boosting the immune system, and are available in many fruits and vegetables such as carrots, green beans, oranges, strawberries. A child should get about five servings of fruits and vegetables a day.

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Adding fruits or flax seed oil into cereals can help your child stomach immunity-boosting foods in the morning.

They should also get some good fats in their system, such as Omega 3 fatty acids. Fish like salmon are naturally high in Omega 3, and flax seed oil can be easily added to morning cereals or oatmeal without the child noticing.

Unfortunately, you’ll have to find a way to convince your child to cut down on visits to the candy store. Sugar suppresses the immune system, and artificial sweeteners are no better.

To help your child stomach get his veggies in, you can use the Electrolux EJE3000 Juice Extractor to make fruit and vegetable juices for easy drinking, or blenders like the EBR2601 Blender to create fun and delicious smoothies.

Put them to bed

No more late nights for Junior. Getting enough sleep for their age, whether at night or during naps, is essential for the body to repair and re-energise. More importantly, it helps the production of cells in the immune system that attack microbes and cancer cells.

A newborn may need up to 18 hours of sleep, toddlers 12 to 13 hours. Pre-school children may need a total of 10 hours of sleep at night or in naps.

To improve on their sleep experience, make sure the air in their rooms is clean and fresh with the latest range of inverter air conditioners from Electrolux. The Viva Grande range features  bacteria-killing plasma technology that kills nearly all the microbes and bacteria it comes into contact with.

Fight the germs

This doesn’t boost your child’s immunity, but it does reduce the risks of falling sick. Make sure your children wash their hands often and with soap, as well as teach them proper washing technique. Pay attention to their hygiene before and after meals, after playing outside, handling pets, blowing their noses as well as using the bathroom. Disposable wipes are your best friend when out and about.

Exercise

Exercise as a family, and often. Like sleep, exercise builds up bacteria and virus-killing cells in the body. Lead by example and take your kids out for walks, cycling, dancing or organised sports, rather than just telling them to go outside to play.

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Exercising as a family encourages kids to be more active, and boosts their immune systems in the process.

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