LOOK: 5 Essential Supplements That Can Boost Your Child’s Immunity
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LOOK: 5 Essential Supplements That Can Boost Your Child’s Immunity

LOOK: 5 Essential Supplements That Can Boost Your Child’s Immunity

Fitness & Wellness | September 29, 2021
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Now more than ever, your children’s immune system needs to be strong. Keep them healthy by stocking up on these essential supplements.

Studies have shown that children’s lifestyle behaviors, such as physical activity and diet may have been greatly affected due to the long lockdown period caused by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. What’s more, with new COVID-19 variants cropping up and news of children getting infected more than before, parents are looking for ways to improve their children’s immunity. After all, helping them stay healthy as they grow is vital, pandemic or not. 

A balanced diet, great sleep, proper hygiene, and maintaining some semblance of physical activity are just the basics of keeping your child healthy. If all these are being done, it will not hurt to consider vitamins and supplements to further enhance their immune system. 

Apart from a good multivitamin that isn’t full of artificial coloring and refined sugars, here are some of the essential supplements you should consider giving your kids:

5 Essential Supplements That Can Boost Your Child’s Immunity

5. Vitamin C

One of the most widely known nutrients for its immune-boosting qualities, Vitamin C promotes immune defense and supports faster wound healing. This vitamin also defends the body from oxidative stress, thus protecting your little ones from sickness and infection. What’s more, it also enhances the amount of iron that the body absorbs.

4. Vitamin D3

Commonly known as the “sunshine vitamin”, Vitamin D is naturally produced by the skin in our bodies through adequate sun exposure. Most children are unable to go outdoors due to the ongoing pandemic, which is why giving them Vitamin D supplements is the easiest way to ensure that they maintain adequate levels of this nutrient.

Additionally, Vitamin D has a special role in strengthening the immune system. It aids in forming dense and strong bones and helps in the absorption of minerals—particularly calcium and phosphorus. Some studies have also shown that sufficient levels of Vitamin D may have a protective role against respiratory infection due to COVID-19.

3. Zinc

Zinc is the second most well-known trace mineral, which aids in combating infections, such as the common cold. Plus, appropriate supplementation of this micronutrient is necessary for the normal growth and development of youngsters.

Zinc also helps in wound healing and maintaining healthy senses of taste and smell.  According to some studies, this mineral may also have anti-viral properties, which might improve immune cell function and inhibit the virus from entering the body or suppress its replication. 

2. Digestive Enzymes

Healthy digestion is the key to boosting nutrient absorption and having a well-functioning immune system. Digestive enzymes, in particular, help in gently breaking down food. What’s more, they are beneficial to optimizing children’s gut health and help in preventing bouts of upset tummies.

These enzymes also support your children’s ability to properly digest their food and better utilize different nutrients to grow healthy and strong.

1. Probiotics

Everything starts with a healthy gut. Probiotics are live bacteria found in food and dietary supplements, which can help keep your child’s gut healthy and working well. These also enhance immune system function and may help improve the body’s defenses against certain diseases. Research even suggests that probiotics may help reduce COVID-19 symptoms to a certain extent.

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Harvie’s Sports Nutrition knowledge came from a Diploma in Sports Nutrition from Oxford College with high distinction. The practice evolved and became a source for nutrition information notjustfor athletes butfor anyone who wanted to improve their quality of life. Harvie also holds a Certificate III in Fitness from the Australian Fitness Network. Harvie lives by his principle “Transform your Health through the Healing Power of Food” He believes that, as a nutritionist, he has to be credible in terms of his health, lifestyle, and eating habits. At present, Harvie specializes in working with individual clients, focusing on improving the conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, adrenal issues, and high cholesterol. He is the founder of the Baron Method.
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