1. Change the Diet

By removing the foods that hinder immunity and adding more of that boost the bodies ability to fight germs, you can keep your children healthier through the sniffles season.

– Eliminate most sugar. This includes juices.

– Consider reducing most dairy products (milk, cheese, yogurt). It may contribute to increased congestion and phlegm.

– Eat lots of leafy green veggies (kale, broccoli, cauliflower, collard greens)

– Add brightly coloured fruit such as organic blueberries, organic strawberries. They can be fresh or frozen.

– Include high quality protein (beans, lean meats, fish, poultry) and good quality fats such as olive oil, coconut oil, avocado at each meal.

2. Add in Zinc

Zinc is an immune boosting mineral that is often deficient in our young and adult populations. Zinc is rich in oysters, spinach, sesame seeds and lamb. How can you get it into your child? It can be given as a flavored lozenge or a liquid supplement is also available. Check with your Naturopath for appropriate dosing.

3. Give Vitamin C

Giving a daily dose of vitamin C (1000 mg daily), has been shown to prevent children from getting cold symptoms. Add some peppers, Brussels Sprouts, Papaya, guava and kiwis into your family’s diets.

4. Probiotics every day keeps the doctor away

Probiotics can reduce the incidence of strep, fever, cough, runny nose, and the use of antibiotics. Make sure that your brands contain the strains lactobacillus and bifidobacter. They taste yummy, so compliance is easy.

5. The Sunshine Vitamin

As we head indoors for the fall and winter, it is import to consider supplementing. Vitamin D3 is known to be anti-cancer, immune boosting, and helps to eliminate the seasonal blues. Remember to take your vitamin D with food to help you absorb this fatty vitamin.

The recommended dosing is:

o Babies up to age 1 year old, 400 units per day
o 1-5 years old, 500-1000 units per day
o 5-10 years old, 1000 units per day
o Over 10 years old, 1000-2000 units per day.

6. Herbal support

Amazing herbal support for families includes Echinacea, Andrographis and Elderberry . These herbs can be found in formulas or separately. They can be used as a preventative measure or for helping reduce the symptoms and duration of a cold and flu.

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