There is nothing as frustrating as trying everything you know to boost the immune systems of your family. You try superfoods, supplements, outdoor play, and more only to end up with sick kids. This may have you wondering what it is that is affecting their immune systems from functioning properly. Here are a few of the options you should consider.
Stress Related Issues
Just as we are stressed about the lockdown, indecision around education etc. our kids are feeling stressed. You may think that kids don’t have that much stress their lives, but they do. These stresses affect their immune systems. Encourage your family to take up journaling. It can help to identify the stressors in their lives, that you didn’t even realize were a problem. You can identify them and then work through them together to help reduce the impact their immune system.
Lack of Hydration
It’s winter and getting kids to drink water may be a struggle when it is cooler. Hydration is usually the key to what is causing issues with the body, especially with the immune system. If the body does not have the proper hydration, then it can’t function properly. This puts stress on organs and on the immune system. It is basically having to work without the key components it needs to function.
You may think that your family are getting enough hydration, but remember, the body needs plain filtered water to keep it going. While juice provides hydration, it is also packed with sugar and other ingredients that suppress the immune system. So skip the juice!
Sleep Related Issues
One aspect of daily routines that has been overlooked during lockdown, especially when it comes to the connection between your body and your immune system, is sleep.Your kids may be going to bed later and waking up later, but are they getting enough hours. And while you may think that they are getting enough sleep, is it a good quality sleep? We all need to make sure that we are getting deep sleep. Not getting enough deep sleep this could be the reason your family’s immune systems are not working properly.
Boost the Immune Systems of Your Family
By running through a checklist of these things that might be affecting your family’s immune systems, you can be better equipped to prevent most of the illnesses you may have experienced in the past. You can also help boost areas of your immune systems or make lifestyle changes that may be lacking.
One of the biggest changes to make is nutrition! Eliminating sugar and refined carbohydrates aid in improving gut health, thus improving your immune systems. A great way of doing this is replacing sugary cereals with a smoothie for breakfast. A favourite of ours is this avocado and blueberry smoothie.
- 1/2 avocado
- 1/2 cup blueberry
- 1 banana
- 1/4 cup oats
- 1/2 cup plain kefir
- 2 tsp flax meal
- 1/2 cup water
- 4-5 ice cubes
Puree all ingredients in a high-speed blender until smooth.
Best served immediately, but this smoothie will last a day in the fridge.