6 Ways to Boost Your Child's Immunity This Winter Season-By Sai Kripa Aravind, Nutritionist

6 Ways to Boost Your Child's Immunity This Winter Season-By Sai Kripa Aravind, Nutritionist
07 Dec, 2022
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The environment has a significant role in developing immunity. During Covid19, kids faced the challenge of growing up indoors without exposure to the outdoor environment which compromised the development of their immune systems. With a shift in the paradigm to online schooling and a sedentary lifestyle, there is an increased need to boost the immune system in kids.

Here are 6 Ways to Improve Immunity in Your Kids this Winter Season

1. Seasonal Winter Food

Respiratory infections are very common during the winter season. Micronutrient deficiencies alter immunity. Winter foods are an excellent source of micronutrients, and dietary fiber, and the bio-active components in them support respiratory health, and immune function, lowers inflammation, improve digestive health, promote gut health, boost metabolism, increase satiety, and fight infectious diseases.

Some of the foods that you must include in your children’s diet this winter to reap optimal benefits to boost their immunity are Ashwagandha, Amla, Turmeric, Sweet potatoes, Onions, Yams, Beetroot, Sesame Seeds, Ghee, Mustard leaves, Millets, Peanuts, and Almonds.

2. Hydration

Water is an immunity booster by nature and is an excellent toxin eliminator. The benefits of drinking water are immense. Water acts as a lubricant for joints, facilitates the absorption of nutrients, is vital for good digestive health, and prevents eyes, nose, and mouth from drying, preventing infections.

3. Exercise

Winter sets rest mode and lethargy. Regular Exercise and physical activity in children can help elevate general mood and happy hormones. Respiratory infections are common in winter. According to recent research, children who engage in lesser sports activity report an increased frequency of upper respiratory tract infections. Therefore, moderate exercise in children has been documented to improve immunity against diseases.

4. Sleep

Immunity is innate and adaptive, research suggests that poor sleeping habits practiced over a long period lowers immune function. During sleep, there is a decrease in muscle activity and breathing, allowing the immune system to reinforce and self-regulate to recognize and react to antigens. Uninterrupted and high-quality sleep improves overall well-being and strengthens immune function.

5. Stress Management

A stressful, sedentary, and polluted environment is associated with asthma, inflammation, and low immunity in children. School curriculums have become very competitive for children, and managing the stressful situation of meeting increased academic expectations has led to exhaustion and dysregulation of the immune system leading to digestive issues, frequent infection, and fatigue. Therefore efforts to manage stress through yoga, meditation, or therapy for children can help them manage stress efficiently.

6. Addressing Deficiencies

Recurrent infections occur in children due to deficiencies in micronutrients, especially zinc, selenium, and iron and Protein deficiency. These nutrients act as antioxidants and as cofactors in cytokine regulation. Cytokines control the growth and activity of the immune system and blood cells. Thus, addressing underlying deficiencies in children is vital to improving and boosting their immune health.

Children are selective with their eating choices. Providing them with good nutrition to support their immune health becomes challenging. Gritzo SuperMilk drinks are one of the quick-witted and tastiest ways to boost immunity in your children. Gritzo SuperMilk contains personalized ingredients such as Turmeric, Ashwagandha, and Amla. Each Gritzo SuperMilk is scientifically formulated with protein and essential vitamins, minerals, and electrolytes to support children’s growth and immune function.

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