Immunity 101 with a Naturopath Part 2
Action 1: Probiotics
These will instantly boost your child’s immune system while improving their gut health and inflammation.
Action 2: Cod Liver Oil or Vegan Omega 3
Omega 3 fats (mainly EPA and DHA) help the immune system to function optimally. Supplementing with omega 3s regularly ensures proper immune and neurological function.
Action 3: Green Smoothie
Load up on organic greens in a delicious green smoothie with:
- Ground flax
- Coconut water
- Protein powder
All of these foods are loaded with natural enzymes, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants to boost the immune system and help fight infection!
What Role Do Probiotics Play In Childrens’ Immunity?
Probiotics play an incredibly important role in everyone’s health! 70-80% of our immune system is in the gut. Making sure we have a healthy and balanced flora is key. Here are some of the ways probiotics support our bodies:
- Probiotics help us digest our food and they produce B-vitamins which help stabilize our mood and energy levels.
- They help to keep bad bacteria at bay to prevent inflammation and toxicity and they help us have healthy bowel transit time to avoid constipation.
- They play a very important role in fighting off pathogens and strengthening our immune system!
It is important to establish a strong probiotic colony from a very young age so that the child can grow and have a healthy digestive system well into adulthood.
Giving a child probiotics in early years gives them a strong immune and digestive system to fight off common childhood ailments and reduce their chance of developing food sensitivities later in life.
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Marla's love for Holistic Health and Natural medicine began after giving birth to her second son and struggling with post partum depression along with many other issues. After seeing a specialist she learned that food is medicine and that all disease begins in the gut and her background in Science helped her in understanding holistic health.