Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Food for skin
Food to build immunity
The best way to boost your child's immunity is to not over-protect her from germs and provide her a stress free and loving environment at home. It's a medically proven fact that stress lowers immunity significantly. Also, kids need atleast 9 hours of daily sleep in order to keep a healthy immune system. As for the diet, food rich in Vitamin A, C, essential minerals such as Zinc and Selenium, and essential fatty acids are key ingrediants for a healthy immune system. Carrots, Spinach, whole grains (bread, wheat tortilla), strawberries, leafy greens and nuts should be included as part of a balanced diet. Avoid processed foods, such as boxed cereals, canned food, cookies, frozen pizza etc. as much as possible - these foods actually lower the immunity.
It's a long list of food items but you don't need to include each of these on daily basis. For example, having couple of servings of Salmon over a week along with a daily snack of nuts is all you need as far as Essential fatty acids are conerned. The key is to include as much as possible of each of the above listed food items over the week. But if the goal is to focus on, say growth and height, increase protein, calcium and Vitamin D intake at the cost of some reduction in Fatty Acids, for example. The most important point is to NOT force any of these on your kids and rather enjoy the same food with them. Kids learn by watching you - so eat heatlhy yourself and watch your kids follow your foot steps.