3 Ways to Boost Your Child's Immunity

If you have children, then you probably understand how difficult it is to constantly keep them active, healthy, and happy. Let's face it- many of the places that children frequent (schools, playgrounds, libraries, etc.) are pretty much oversized germ petri dishes, so it probably doesn't come as much of a surprise to you when yours come home with runny noses, coughs, rashes, etc. However, just because these things are common does not mean that they are welcomed. Most parents are constantly looking for ways to boost their children's immunity, naturally. If you're in that boat (especially with flu season hitting us hard), here are a few suggestions for you: 

#1: Feed them a healthy and balanced diet. 

One of the best things that you can do for your own health and for your family's health is to ensure that everyone is eating well. Aside from serving good things such as whole grains and protein, try to instill in your children the healthy habit of eating five to six servings of fruits and veggies each day. Foods such as carrots, blueberries, green beans, citrus fruits, and kale pack a hefty dose of phytonutrients, which can potentially help to boost the body's production of infection-fighting white blood cells. 

#2: Be diligent about good hygeine. 

Because kids are more apt to get their hands dirty while playing outside, handing pets and other wildlife, and coming into contact with other kids, it's important that you are making sure that they are regularly washing their hands with soap and water (especially before mealtimes). Furthermore, little things such as switching out their toothbrushes at least once every three months, regularly changing bed sheets, and keeping household surfaces and toys wiped down can drastically cut down on the amount of spreadable germs that are infesting your home. 

#3: Consider chiropractic care. 

In one study from the National College of Chiropractic regarding the effects of chiropractic care on the body's ability to ward off infections, it was shown that a patient's white blood cell count increased in as little as 15 minutes proceeding the chiropractic adjustment. Chiropractic care has been shown to be a safe and effective practice for people of all ages, including children. A good place to start would be to stop into your local Joint...the Chiropractic Place for convenient, walk-in hours and super affordable prices on all services! 

 

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