Naturally Boosting Your Kids Immune System

January 9, 2011

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The following is a guest post by Eileen Blackburn of Topharmer.com

Naturally Boosting Your Kid’s Immune System

Its that time of year again….Snotty Nose season. It always seems to happen around the Holiday when your kids getting whatever funk is going around. I like to nip the nasties in the bud before they happen, which doesn’t always work, but so far this year we have had great success.

1. Cod Liver Oil: This fish oil is sooooo good for you, not just an immune booster. I will devote a whole post to this later, because it deserves it. But as far as immune boosting powers, it has vitamins A&D. Vitamin D naturally boosts your immune system, it is like sunshine in a bottle. NOTE: Please do not buy the cheapo stuff at the grocery store, this stuff is full of pesticides and rancid fish…gross. We really like Nordic Naturals Childrens DHA and Carlsons Kids Chewable.

2. Vitamin D-3: Your body produces cathelicidin, which is a natural antibiotic. During the winter (because of the less sunshine) or when there is a lack of vitamin D your body stops making it. So we supplement with Vitamin D tablets in the winter to increase this natural antibiotic. We use Carlson Kids Vitamin D.

3. Probiotics: Probiotics is the beneficial and good bacteria this is in some foods (ex. yogurt) or supplements. Basically your gut has good bacteria, this bacteria helps fight the yeast, harmful bacteria and mold(yes i said mold) in your intestines. There are times when this ratio gets knocked out of balance and the nasties take over. This is where probiotics come it. They help support the bacteria already in your belly, which in turn supports your immune system. You can use supplements like Garden of Life or Udos Choice. Another way to get good probiotics is through the food you eat. Fermented foods like yogurt, sour cream, buttermilk, sauerkraut, pickles and Kombucha Tea.

I know that some of you are looking at the cost of some of these vitamins and thinking they are pretty pricey. I think of them like insurance, it will help prevent a lot of silly things that could potentially end us up at the doctor. Plus, no one really likes it when their kiddos are sick.

The best part about these 3 things is that anyone can use them. Even as adults, you will benefit from these immune boosters.

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  1. Demetria on January 9th, 2011 12:36 pm

    Thanks for this, Carrie! Awesome article and good info for my family. I have my 2 daughters on cod liver oil now and a probiotic, but not the vitamin D supplement, which I will look for soon.

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