Back-to-school often means back-to-school bugs as it’s inevitable that they will be exposed to colds, flu and various other “germs” when sitting in a classroom all day.
This can lead to days off school and days off work for parents. Here are some ways you can naturally increase their (and your) immunity.
Probably the most well-known nutrient for immune defence vitamin C helps support a normal healthy immune system by helping to protect cells and keep them healthy. This vitamin can easily obtain through diet as it is abundant in many foods, such as:
- citrus fruit
- red and green peppers
1-10 years – 30mg
11-14 years – 35mg
Vitamin D is crucial for activating immune defences and without sufficient intake, the immune system will not be able to react to fight off infections in the body.
The best source of vitamin D is through the skin’s exposure to sunlight, though food sources include:
- Oily fish
- Red meat
- Egg yolks
The UK Department of Health recommend that we all supplement vitamin D throughout the winter months, with children under 5 years old considered an ‘at risk’ group for vitamin D deficiency, it is recommended that they should be given a daily supplement all year round.
Though with an estimated 1 in 6 children in the UK suffering from low levels due to lack of sunlight and and the inability to obtain sufficient levels through diet alone, a daily supplement should be considered for children of all ages.
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A less well-known mineral that contributes to a healthy immune system is selenium. Selenium is an antioxidant that lowers oxidative stress in the body, reducing inflammation and enhancing immunity.
Good sources of selenium include:
- brazil nuts
4-6 years – 20mcg
7-10 years – 30mcg
11-14 years – 45mcg