THERE IS A SEASON FOR EVERY FOOD: HERE ARE THE FOODS THAT ARE GOOD FOR THE IMMUNE SYSTEM
Taking care of your child involves many different things, one of the most important of which is nutrition. In some cases, choosing one food rather than another may make all the difference so being aware of the benefits of different foods and the importance of a varied and balanced diet is essential. Especially at this time of year, where bugs are just around the corner, choosing foods that strengthen the immune system can certainly help. Let's take a look at what these are.
Honey, to start with, has a strong antibacterial action that helps fight colds and disinfects the respiratory tract. But remember, don't give your child honey until they're over 1 year old.
Fruit is also very important above all citrus fruits that are rich in vitamin C, which helps to assimilate the iron contained in vegetables. Red fruits strengthen the bones, while bananas have a high content of potassium. This category includes dried fruit, such as almonds, which are rich in vitamin E and magnesium and help the body to eliminate toxic substances. Remember though that almonds may be given only to older children once they have been weaned.
The healthiest foods, that children so often dislike, are of course vegetables. Teaching children to eat vegetables from an early age is essential, above all orange and red vegetables, that have antioxidants that help to increase the number of cells that fight infections. Even green vegetables are important such as legumes and spinach. Legumes are in fact rich in iron and, if eaten with the peel, provide many natural substances, while spinach strengthens the immune system thanks to vitamins A, E, C, K, magnesium and selenium.
Yogurt or chocolate are the perfect dessert, but remember that it must be dark chocolate. Yogurt may be served, preferably sugar-free, with fruit, and is good for keeping the digestive system in balance. For the joy of children, dark chocolate is useful for the group of lymphocytes that support the adaptation of the immune system to changes during an infection. The only problem with dark chocolate that children love so much is that it may only be given to children after the age of three.
The biggest problem that parents may have is that children may refuse to eat what they are given because they don’t like the consistency or smell. The secret is to use your imagination. Like anything else, the palate needs to be trained and doing it from an early age is the best way to make your children healthier when they grow up. Sometimes a smiley face, a funny shape or blending foods is all it takes to get your child to eat what you are giving them.