11 Apr Immunity-Boosting Foods for Kids
Kids have a growing and developing immune system, and unfortunately, as their immune systems develop there is an onslaught of virus, bacteria, and other germs—which is why it is so important for parents to do whatever they can to help bolster their children’s immune fighting power in any way possible. One of the most effective ways to help children better their immune system is with vaccinations. The first vaccination for children starts right after birth, within the first 24 hours of life per the CDC (Centers for Disease Control in the US). In addition to vaccines, a well-balanced diet is a great place to start.
Here are a few different ways that parents can help their children develop stronger, better immune systems through smart diet plans.
- Protein- Protein is so important, as your child’s body uses protein to build and repair tissues and make hormones and enzymes that are much-needed for a child to build a healthy immune system. Kids can get protein through poultry, fish, eggs, meats, beans, and nuts. Picky eaters can also get protein with kid-friendly protein powders and supplements.
- Phytochemicals- Fruits, vegetables and other naturally-occurring plants are known as phytochemicals or phytonutrients. These phytochemicals will help kids create healthy cells, and boost the immune system, while also acting as antioxidants that protect the body from damage. The best way to make sure your child is getting as many phytochemicals as possible is to make sure their fruits and vegetables are as colorful and diverse as possible
- Citrus- Fruits are great foods for kids who want to boost their immune system. However, the biggest focus should be on citrus fruits. Fruits like clementine’s or orange slices are easy for kids to enjoy and they are filled with vitamin C, which is vital to a healthy immune system. Grapefruit, oranges, tangerines, lemons, and limes are all great sources of citrus. Kids can not only eat these delicious citrus fruits, but they can also be put into fresh juice blends as well.
If you have questions about improving your child’s diet or helping your little one boost their immune system, contact us at Continuum Pediatrics today. Simply call 817-617-8600 to make an appointment today.