As parents, we know how difficult it can be when our little ones are in pain. Whether they’re fighting the chicken pox or a cold, it’s hard on the whole family. Unfortunately, sometimes no matter what we do, our kids getting sick is inevitable. However, there are some habits you adapt to improve your kid’s health. I’m not saying you won’t ever have to blow another nose again, but hopefully, you won’t have to buy as many tissues. Here are some ways to improve your kid’s health at home.
Believe it or not, sugar can suppress the immune system for up to 5 hours. Yep – five hours. Think about how much sugar our kids consume. Not only in things like soda and candy, sugar hides everywhere! Even breakfast bars and fruit juices. Be mindful of the sugars that hide in everyday things that are on your dinner table every evening. A little sugar here and there is nothing to be ashamed of but constant sugar consumption leaves our bodies vulnerable to bacteria and viruses.
This not only goes for our kids but for us too. Not only is exercise good for us and our metabolism, but it helps fight off infections, too! Exercise strengthens hand-eye-coordination, strengthens muscles and keeps our lymph nodes drained. Whether it’s throwing a frisbee in the backyard or playing tag, exercise is a key part of your kid’s health.
Gut health is a huge thing right now. Having a healthy gut impacts your immune system heavily. It can make a huge difference in being healthy or sick! Try to add good bacteria to your families diet. Not only will it push bad bacteria out, but it can help with digestion issues and have faster response times to viruses.
Yes, this is another one of those lists with sleep on it. Sleep impacts so many different things in our lives. Our immune system is absolutely one of them. Even though kids have so much more energy than adults, they still need a proper amount of sleep to keep them going. Set a weekly bedtime schedule and don’t skimp on it. Kids need a routine and a set bedtime every night should be a top priority!
So think about this for a minute. When you’re super anxious or stressed out, feel like you have a million things to do and don’t have any time to waste, what always seems to happen? For me, it’s getting sick. It never fails when I have a super heavy schedule at work, a million things to do around the house and an appointment almost every day of the week, I get sick. I never realized it before, but there is a correlation. When you’re exhausted, over-worked, and stressed out, your immune system suffers. Try to teach your kids time management so they can lighten their stress and keep their immune system strong and healthy.
Last but not least, another thing you hear all of the time. Water is key! It’s often underestimated how much our bodies need water, but you’ll see a huge difference in your body if you raise your water intake. Especially with kids. How often do your kids just drink water? Try to get them to drink at least a glass of water with every meal. This includes snacks during the day too! It will keep their muscles healthy, their hunger under control and their immune systems happy.
There are so many viruses and infections out there. We try to do everything we possibly can to protect our kids, but sometimes biology wins. However, if you follow these simple tips, you can minimize the time your kids spend sniffling under the covers. What are some of your tips to improve your kid’s health? Leave your comments below!