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What does “boost immunity” mean to you?

To me, it means raising resilient children.  Children who can: 

  • get over illnesses faster
  • have fewer allergies, asthma or autoimmune conditions
  • have little need for ibuprofen or Tylenol {which impacts their gut health}
  • need fewer surgeries, like tonsillectomy

Before creating resilience, we have to ask, “Why are our children so sick?”

  • There are more toxins in our environment than ever be
  • The rate of C-sections have increased affecting our child’s immunity (since 1990 the rates have tripled)
  • The amount of medications they receive has increased
  • There may be increased stress in the home with two parents working
  • Children are notorious for having a poor diet
  • During pregnancy, mom’s diet has changed dramatically.  She’s eating less wheat, dairy, peanuts, and other top allergens. 
  • Your child may have or may not have been breastfed
  • There is an increase in pesticides in our food- known to affect our immune systems
  • Children absorb more chemicals, due to their size and immune system

So, what can we do to improve our children’s health?

#1 Diet is always first

We know 70-80% of all adults cancers can be avoided with plant-based diet and picky toddlers are known to choose processed foods over real foods more often than not.

An increase in their sugar and processed food diet decreased their immune response and may lead to a term called “Leaky Gut Syndrome.” Affecting our child’s immunity all year long. 

It would be ideal to have our children eating 2-3 fruits and vegetables at each meal.  This can be a huge challenge when you’re a working parent and have more than one child.

#2 Reduce Medications

Medications can lead to a term called “Leaky Gut syndrome.” If your child is experiencing this you may notice they have more food sensitivities, more allergies, more rashes, and may have been diagnosed with ADD or ADHD.

Medications that lead to Leaky Gut Syndrome in kids are:

  • Antibiotics
  • Steroids
  • NSAIDS
  • Acid reducing medication

What can you do about this? Ask for help! Begin using natural remedies and homeopathy to reduce antibiotic use.  Incorporate herbs to help reduce pain.  Learn how to heal your child’s gut with the 4R approach, I teach in my course Home Remedies For Children.

10 Signs of Leaky Gut Syndrome In Children

  1. Chronic diarrhea, constipation, gas or bloating
  2. Nutritional deficiencies
  3. Poor immune system
  4. Headaches, brain fog, memory loss
  5. Excessive fatigue
  6. Skin rashes and problems such as acne, eczema or rosacea
  7. Cravings for sugar or carbs
  8. Arthritis or joint pain
  9. Depression, anxiety, ADD, ADHD
  10. Autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, celiac

#3 Boost Immunity With Supplements

As children’s diet is typically poor, we may need to supplement to “fill the gap”. The three supplements I would add to your child’s diet if their eating is poor are:

  • Zinc Citrate
    • An essential trace element responsible for the proper immune function and the health of the gut
    • Zinc given for more than 3 months, has been proven to decrease risks of pneumonia in children under 5 years of age. ²
    • Food sources; Oysters and pumpkin seeds are two rich sources of dietary zinc
  • Vitamin D3
    • Vitamin D3 has been shown to reduce cold & flu symptoms by 45%!
    • Found in: oily fish {tuna, salmon etc.}, butter, and eggs + sunlight 
    • Take Vitamin D3 supplement
      • kids under 7: 400- 800 IU
      • kids 7+: 800-1000 IU
      • kids 12+ and adults: 2,000 IU
  • Probiotic

#4 Reduce Toxins & Stress

We are surrounded by thousands of toxins daily.  The physiology of our child’s immune system makes them more susceptible to these toxins.  Helping them eliminate the toxins daily will help them thrive.

How can you help the detoxification process within your child’s body?

  • Purchase organic produce when able
  • Take everything out of plastic when you get home
  • Encourage 1-2 servings of leafy greens daily
  • Make sure they are going to the bathroom regularly
  • Add probiotics to their diet if they’ve had antibiotics
  • Offer organic berries or pomegranate juice for antioxidants

#5 Heal Your Child’s Gut

If your child has Leaky Gut Syndrom and/or allergies, you may want to consider healing their gut with the 4R approach.  It’s more than an elimination diet, you remove the top allergens and then you add back in nutrients and gut healing herbs to soothe the digestive tract.  Your child doesn’t have to suffer, learn how to heal their gut so they have fewer food sensitivities, fewer allergic reactions, and fewer asthma attacks.

Conclusion

Getting to the root of your child’s immunity is important.  Have they had antibiotics? Have they taken many doses of NSAIDS? Do they have any allergies? Do they need to heal their gut? Once we figure this out, then adding in botanicals can “boost their immunity” and reduce food sensitivities for years to come.

How do you boost your child’s immunity? Leave your favorite recipe in the comments below.

Warmly~ Tara


References:

¹ https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4574972/

² https://www.xymogen.com/assets/imageDisplay.ashx?productID=392&attachmentTypeID=1

³ https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5638472/

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