Boost Your Family's Immunity

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You can find healthy foods your kids will enjoy.

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Antioxidant-Rich Foods

Increase foods rich in antioxidants. Foods with high levels of beta-carotene, vitamin C and vitamin E appealing to kids are:

  • broccoli
  • carrots
  • corn
  • peaches
  • sweet potato
  • tomatoes
  • mango
  • peppers
  • berries

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Zinc And Selenium

Zinc and selenium are also known to aid in immune health. They can be found in:

  • red meat
  • poultry
  • fortified cereals and breads
  • shellfish

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Yogurt is a great source of probiotics.

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Studies show garlic is great at fighting off the common cold.

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Raw Veggies

Serve veggies raw. Keep them on hand at all times. When kids are hungry, they will grab what is accessible. Raw vegetables provide more nutrients than cooked ones.

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Food Variety

Offer a variety of food. Variety ensures your kids are getting all the vitamins they need and will help to develop their palate.

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Avoid Sugar

Cut down on sugary snacks and eliminate sugary drinks. Sugar can decrease the body’s ability to fight off infection. Try to reserve treats for special occasions.

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It is o.k. to doctor vegetables with butter or cheese once in a while. While this may not be the healthiest way to ingest produce, it will allow a picky eater to get their daily dose and will get them used to the taste and texture.

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Drink More Water

Increase water intake. Just because they are not out in the hot sun anymore, doesn’t mean they can’t dehydrate. Ensure your kids get enough water every day by encouraging them to have an 8 ounce glass first thing in the morning and before each meal or snack.

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Make sure they are getting enough sleep.

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Regular exercise is important to maintaining a healthy immune system.

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Don't Stress

Be in tune to your child’s stress levels. Even young children can suffer from stress, which can decrease the effectiveness of their immune system.

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You've taken your kids for their flu shots, you've stocked up on antibacterial soap and you've instructed your children to cough in their sleeve, to not share any drinks and to run when someone sneezes. But, is the food they are eating also helping to prevent the illnesses so prevalent at this time of year? Providing your family with foods known to boost the immune system will go a long way toward fighting off cold and flu causing germs.

Check out the slideshow above to learn how to boost your family's immunity.

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