Since we are now entering the cold and flu season, now is the time to think pro-actively to help your kids and yourself from getting the flu. It is extremely important to try and build up your immunity before the flu strikes your geographic area. As we all know, once it starts spreading, it can spread like wild-fire. Here are a few tips to follow to help you and your child to stay healthy when everyone around you is falling ill.
1. AVOID SUGAR & PROCESSED FOODS
Although it is difficult to avoid every food in this group, you can take an active role in minimizing the amount of foods your family consumes in this category. Studies show that sugar and processed foods depress the immune system. Besides obvious choices, read labels and try to avoid these ingredients: corn syrup, fructose, HFCS, brown rice syrup, sucrose, barley malt and, of course, sugar.
2. PROVIDE FRESH FOODS WHEN POSSIBLE
We are talking about actual fresh fruits and vegetables, however you can get them into your family. Even though juices sound very nutritious, they are not nearly as good a choice, as the Vitamin Cis often added after the juice has been fully processed.
3. GET PLENTY OF SLEEP
Make sure your children get 8-10 hours of sleep each night. The body works to rebuild the immune system when we sleep.
4. BE ALERT FOR FATIGUE SYMPTOMS
If you or your child seem more fatigues than normal, this can be an early warning that you are on the brink of getting sick. The best way to fight the flu or an oncoming cold is to get extra rest. To keep the immune system at peak performance, extra rest is required at these key times.
5. WASH HANDS WITHOUT ANTIBACTERIAL SOAPS
We need bacteria to keep our immune system strong. Washing hands, thoroughly, with soap and hot water is our best defense.
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