Episode 75: 3 Things That Weaken Your Child’s Immune System
We have been receiving a lot of questions on social media and via our email in regards to winter illness this year. Especially because the last two winters have been spent mostly indoors thanks to the pandemic, parents are finding there is a dramatic increase in illness this season.
Popular questions from parents include what they can do to boost their child’s immune system, but we also have to consider what we might be doing that is depleting their immune system as well. As parents, we can be providing our children with all the right nutrients to increase their immunity, but if they’re still exposed to things that are weakening their immune system at the same time, it might not work in your favour.
In this podcast episode, I go over the 3 things that weaken your child’s immune system, including:
1: Sugar: Studies show that a high sugar intake can suppress the immune system by up to 45% for up to 5 hours after consuming it. If your child is having big doses of sugar regularly, their immune system will keep getting suppressed. In this episode, I share the best ways to reduce sugar intake in your children’s diet.
2: Stress: When we are stressed, there is a boost in cortisol, a stress hormone. Cortisol prepares the body for fight or flight. But the body only has limited resources and will prioritise where those go. So when stress hits, it will pull nutrients from the immune system and digestion. Find out the common causes of stress in children and what we can do to reduce our child’s stress.
3: Too much time spent indoors: Kids are spending more time indoors than ever before, and it is having a negative impact on overall wellbeing. There are two major concerns with so much indoor time including reduced vitamin D exposure, and the lack of microbes generated from nature. In this episode, I give you some ideas and inspiration for getting your children outside during winter.
These three factors might just be the missing piece as to why your children can’t fight off the winter illness.
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