4 Super Foods To Help Boost Your Children's Immune System

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Healthy KidWe all want our children to be as optimally healthy as possible. Below are some super foods that you can easily incorporate into your children’s diets by way of supplements, green smoothies, or lifestyle changes.

Liquid Zinc

Zinc is an essential nutrient to assist the immune system in functioning well. Your naturopath or health care provider can provide you with a simple test to see if you’ve got enough zinc in your body.

It’s important not to have too much zinc, as in excess it is actually toxic.

Zinc is related to immune function, fertility, and the ability to heal wounds. [1]

Raw Local Honey

Honey has strong antibacterial properties on at least 60 known types of Bacteria, making it a popular choice for soothing sore throats, dressing wounds and treating bacterial ailments.

Raw local honey is also said to be useful for staving off allergies, as the bees from the local area feed on pollen from local plants which eventually finds it’s way into the honey. The micro amounts of pollen are said to de-sensitize the allergic reaction

Caution should of course be exercised if you are an allergen sufferer and any treatment ought to be undertaken under supervision of your health care provider.

Nutritionally, honey contains  magnesium, potassium, calcium, sodium chlorine, sulphur, ironand phosphate. Depending on the quality of the nectar and pollen, the vitamins contained in honey are B1, B2, C, B6, B5 and B3. [2]

Olive Leaf Extract

Olive leaf extract is the liquid extract from Olea europaea.  It is a powerful antioxidant, andis commonly used to fight colds and flu, yeast infections, and viral infections. Olive leaf has been shown to reduce  cholesterol. Researchers have found that olive leaf lowers blood pressure and increases blood flow by relaxing the arteries. [3]

Probiotics

There are at least 500 known species of bacteria in the human intestinal tract. This ecosystem of microorganisims is where health begins.

They maintain the lining of the bowel, keep out disease causing bacteria, and keep our immune system healthy.

Every day life can distrupt our intestinal health. Stress, toxins, overload in sugars, illness, and anti-biotics all disrupt gut bacteria. Probiotics claim to replace gut flora by introducing “good” bacteria back into the intestinal tract.

The most commonly used probiotics are yeast, particularly Saccharomyces, and bacteria, particularlyLactobacillus (lactic acid bacteria) and Bifidobacterium. These micro-organisms are found in large numbers in the normal healthy intestine. [4]

 

[1] Zinc http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zinc#Deficiency last accessed 08/09/2011

[2]The Health Effects of Honey  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Health_effects_of_honey last accessed 9/8/2011

[3]Olive Leaf Extract  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Olive_Leaf_Extract last accessed 12/09/2011

[4] Eat Your Bugs http://www.abc.net.au/health/thepulse/stories/2008/03/06/2181923.htm last accessed 10/09/2011

 

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