Try these easy tips for healthier kids!
1) Garlic– a natural antibiotic, garlic is also considered a pre-biotic food meaning it nourishes the healthy bacteria in the body’s complex microbiome. This increases the functioning of the immune system. Throw fresh chopped garlic in soups and stews for maintenance, however, if a cold is onset, it’s best to consume raw. You can chop finely and add to a teaspoon of raw honey to help the taste and add in additional nutrients.
2) Camu Camu– This superfood you may have never heard of, but you should definitely add it to your list of immune boosters because this superfood boasts 60 times more vitamin C than an orange! This antioxidant-rich berry from the Amazon is also a plentiful source of potassium, calcium, protein, beta carotene, amino acids and powerful phytochemicals. The fruit is not readily available in North America, but the powder and capsules are easy to find. Just throw it in a smoothie or mix in applesauce. Also as a side note, it may be best to give in the morning because it provides a natural energy boost that may not be ideal for kiddos in the evening if you are not into late bedtimes like most parents.
3) Elderberry– There are many health enthusiasts who tout this superfood full of flavonoids which are known to boost the immune system when fall rolls around and kids go back to school. There are lots of great recipes to keep your kids healthy for example this homemade elderberry syrup or try these flu-busting gummies. Just know this is a great maintenance food taken once a day, but if a cold is onset you will want to increase to 4 times/day.
4) Liver– This nutrient-dense superstar is certainly one of nature’s multi-vitamins. It is nature’s most concentrated form of vitamin A, which is very important for immune health. It contains many b vitamins as well as trace minerals copper, zinc, and chromium all necessary for healthy immune function. Liver is a highly usable form of iron. If children are anemic their immune systems will be weaker, so liver is a great way to help ensure a proper hemoglobin count. There is also an unidentified anti-fatigue factor to liver. This is very subtle so shouldn’t keep your kids up all night. If me talking about your family consuming liver makes you want to gag! Don’t worry, it is available in capsule or powder form as well, which makes it pretty easy to sneak into savory dishes. Throw a little of the powder into your crockpot beef stew and you and your kids (hopefully) will be none the wiser.
These small changes can make a big impact in the health of your kids so that you can enjoy more fun time and less sick time this fall and winter!