Solid nutrition and gentle, time-tested herbs form a strong base to protect your kids against sneezes and sniffles, but immune supplements formulated with children’s unique needs in mind help provide an additional line of defense.
For instance, tasty chewables can make it easier for parents to get extra vitamins A, C and E into their children, especially when supported by immune boosters such as garlic, green tea, olive leaf, shiitake mushroom and turmeric. In a similar fashion, flavored lozenges help deliver zinc to the upper respiratory tract; herbs such as echinacea, ginger, olive leaf and slippery elm help bolster zinc’s effects.
What’s more, scientists have discovered that probiotics, the same friendly microbes found in the lower digestive tract, also inhabit the upper airway, where they help crowd out infectious viruses and bacteria. One probiotic species that dominates the nose and throat is Streptococcus salivarius K12.
Always consult with your children’s healthcare practitioner before starting them on a supplementation program.
As a baby becomes a toddler and continues to grow, his or her dietary needs and appetite change. Toddlers and preschoolers grow in spurts, and their appetite typically reflects this. “Children regulate their food intake over a longer period of time than adults,” says Goodson. “So don’t worry if your child eats less for a few days. He or she will bounce back. Also, many kids will eat more leading up to a growth spurt before you see any growing happening. The key with kids is to not restrict calorie intake, but instead to offer nutrient-rich foods in a variety of ways for them to choose.”
Give children a selection of fruits, whole grains, lean protein and dairy. “Offering a combination of food groups at every meal and snack helps ensure your child is getting adequate nutrition,” notes Goodson. “In addition, introducing fruits and vegetables in different ways often increases the appeal of those foods.” Goodson recommends the government site ChooseMyPlate.gov for healthy snack and meal ideas for parents.
In a world of tempting processed foods and sweet treats, it’s unrealistic for parents to expect their kids won’t be swayed into eating unhealthy “junk food” and treats on occasion. “We want kids to have a nutritious diet, but we need to find a good balance between healthy foods and treats,” says Fisher. “It’s important to be able to work treats into a diet so children know how to manage it in healthy portions.” Treats can be easy to reach for, especially for kids, and they have their place in an overall nutrition plan.
This is an excerpt from Keeping Kids Healthy in Energy Times Magazine 2016.
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