The new school term is just around the corner which means early mornings, study pressures and a pretty full schedule for kids. Unfortunately, along with the change in weather, all this can take its toll on your little one's immune system, leaving them suffering from colds and flu.
Here are six ways to ensure they stay fit and healthy, ready to take on the new term:
Vitamin C is one of the most important vitamins for maintaining a healthy immune system. There are plenty of foods with high levels of the vitamin including oranges, peppers, kiwi, broccoli and strawberries.
The positive effects of regular exercise on the body are endless, and a healthy body means a healthy immune system. Ensure your child is getting 30 minutes of exercise at least three times a week. Why not sign them up for some after-school sports activities or fit in their daily exercise by walking or cycling to school?
Full of health benefits, Omega 3 is a ‘good’ fat important for your child’s heath. One of the best ways to ensure your child gets enough of the fat is to serve them fish. Flax seeds, kidney beans and olive oil are also rich in the nutrient.
Reduce stress and anxiety
Nowadays, a lot of children are over scheduled often leaving them stressed and anxious which can affect their immune system. It is important your child has time to relax and play. Keep an eye out for any signs of stress so that you can tackle it before it escalades.
Ensure plenty of sleep
Sleep is one of the most important things to ensure a healthy body and mind. A lack of sleep can affect our little one’s immune system so make sure they go to bed early enough. Keep in mind that children need at least ten hours of sleep each night.
Supplements and vitamin tablets are a great way to ensure your child gets their daily nutritional requirements, Vitamin D and zinc are important for a healthy immune system but always talk to your doctor if you are unsure about what to give your little one.