Protecting your child’s immune system

This article is authored by Dr. Shweta U. Shah.      .

It is very essential that you get your child to load up immune system boosting nutrients, such as vitamin C, vitamin A and zinc; as well as make them practice good hygiene and sanitary measures like washing the hands and face properly.

7 Foods to increase immunity in children naturally

Here’s how to increase immunity in kids by integrating these specific foods on to their daily diet:

  1. Ginger: Ginger is one of the best immunity boosting foods for kids; the root’s powerful anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties are due to the presence of potent gingerols. The gingerols battle inflammation, combat infection and shore up your immune mechanism appreciably. Given that inflammation adversely afflicts the body's immune response, the anti-inflammatory gingerols play a pivotal part in gingering up your immunity and staving off infections! Give your kids a decoction of ginger to which a generous amount of honey has been added – just what the doctor ordered!
  1. Turmeric: Haldi gives more than just a yummy kick to your meals; the spice is packed with robust anti-inflammatory agents known as - curcumin. Curcumin encourages the manufacture of T-cells, which conflict with all infections and keep your immune system in top-notch form. In addition to adding liberal amounts to your curries, gravies and dals, give your kid haldi ka doodh once daily.
  1. Lime:Limes are crammed with vitamin C – the most vital element which bolsters your immunity when you are feeling under the weather and want to combat infections. The vitamin reduces the intensity, duration and frequency of infections by fortifying your immune mechanism significantly. Vitamin C is a very powerful anti-oxidant that helps prevent illnesses that are related to disease-provoking environments. They fight free radical damage and stave off a whole host of diseases and disorders. Have nimboo pani with a dash of honey, squeeze lime in your herbal tea and add lots of lime juice to your salads, bhel and curries.
  1. Yogurt: Dahi is chockfull of infection-fighting pro-biotics and plenty of protein. Pro-biotics can help ward off and treat various infections effectively. Experts say that those who consume pro-biotics regularly have a notably lower risk of catching infections, compared to those who do not eat pro-biotics at all. Amp up on yogurt – kick-start the day with a bowl of smoothie with nuts and fruit, have raita with every meal and guzzle a glass of chaas everyday!
  1. Apple: An apple a day really does keep the doctor away! Apples reinforce and strengthen your immune system and keep flu, common cold and several infections at bay. Apples are packed with phyto-chemicals which pep up your immunity and bring down your risk of diseases.
  1. Fennel: Saunf has always been respected as an effective GI trouble reliever; however, it also proffers compelling immune boosting benefits. Laden with robust phyto-chemicals, fennel promises to fight cold, conjunctivitis, fevers, and diarrhea. The phyto-chemicals shore up your immunity; while the flavonoids act as formidable anti-inflammatory agents. Having a decoction of fennel seeds post lunch is an excellent way of reaping its wonderful benefits.
  1. Lentils: Lentils are brimming over with protein; protein is the building block which is exceedingly crucial to preventing diseases, battling infections, expediting recovery and encouraging quick repair of wear and tear. A powerhouse of protein, give your child a bowl of dal at least once daily. Tata Sampann dals are sourced from the best organic farms and are packaged in a scientific and hygienic manner providing you with the finest quality lentils.

It is of absolute importance that your child’s immune system is super strong and can participate in defense at all times; and the only way to achieve this is to incorporate certain specific foods in to their everyday menu which enhance their immune system functioning and protect against illnesses.

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