When children start school or nursery they are exposed to everything, and soon enough bugs come along, illnesses start to occur, a cough a cold an upset tummy. They come home with high temperatures, ear infections, the list is endless. Most of this is out of our control BUT we can help to strengthen the immunity of children through natural whole foods.
Firstly children need more water than adults, water makes up half of a child’s body, and it is crucial for them to function properly. They do not always know when they need it and as responsible parents/carers we must keep on top of it for them. We must make sure that they drink plenty, not squash or fizzy drinks just plain amazing water. Children need to have between 6-8 cups a day check with their schools, and nurseries that they are getting enough.
They also need vitamin D, especially in the colder months it is crucial for bone strength development, immunity, and overall good health. You can get a good mouth spray from a local health shop D1000. Children also need a good probiotic for a strong gut this is a huge part of the bodies support system and we must teach them how to look after it from a young age. High sugar diets can make our guts out of whack, and if your child eats a lot of sweets start to crowd it out and try to only have it a few times a week rather than daily.
Children need plenty of Omega 3 fatty acids and you can get supplements such as Eskimo oil it doesn’t taste fishy and its full of other vitamins to help them keep strong, but eating good fish weekly can also benefit them.
Our children also need plenty of iron so be sure to give them foods that are iron rich. Most children suffer iron deficiency at some point in childhood, we are often unaware as tests are only done if requested.
Children can be little monkeys when it comes to trying new things, and it can be soul destroying but keep trying with fruit and vegetables because they have so many vital nutrients that children need for overall good health:
- Persistence is the key for getting them to eat well. Be experimental.
- Always make them eat something several times, especially if its new to the palette.
- Make it fun for them, do not ever make it stressful, have a plan to show the super powers of whole foods.
- Let them help with the cooking process of cutting and peeling (I use children friendly knives), and have patience.
- The more involved the more likely they are to eat it. We have a vegetable patch, and the kids enjoy taking part in the planting and reap the benefits of watching the vegetables grow.