Somehow, we as parents always find a way to infuse worry and caution into our every thought. Whether we’re sitting in a meeting or at a family lunch, a shadow of doubt creeps up in a matter of seconds: is it too cold outside for her to be wearing that jacket? He has been outside for an hour already, I hope his feet aren’t wet. Is it allergy season already?
Of course, as a result, we strive to find new, healthy ways to boost their resilience and soothe our worries along the way. While some parents are already masters of this art, we can always learn something new from Mother Nature when it comes to finding the best ways to help them become stronger and their immune systems tougher!
Prevent their exposure to cigarette smoke
Before we skip to introducing new habits, how about we cover the one that should be abandoned for good? This will be an excellent way to set the stage for great role-modeling, but also a crucial change in your kids’ health since secondhand smoke is known to be dangerous even for adults, let alone our youngsters.
It can impair their lung development and cause a range of diseases, all the while making them more prone to respiratory issues. If you‘ve been looking for a perfect way to motivate yourself to quit or to inspire your spouse to do so, your kids’ health should be your top priority in that regard.
Create a sleep schedule
Just like you can barely think straight when you haven’t had a good night’s sleep, imagine how poorly the lack of rest can affect your little ones and their developing brains. Yes, they are active little rascals, but provide them with ample opportunity to be active during the day, limit their screen exposure before bed, and they will soon develop a healthy sleeping schedule.
Getting enough Z’s is crucial for keeping their immune systems up and running optimally since night is the time when our bodies rest and repair, and a consistent sleeping timetable lets your kids’ circadian rhythm become stable and healthy. Lack of sleep, on the other hand, can be harmful to their defense mechanisms since it causes inflammation and poor hormonal function that will make them more prone to getting sick.
Get active as a family
Your kids are growing fast, and in order to have healthy bones, enough muscle mass, and maintain their weight at a normal level, they need to be active very often and avoid a sedentary way of life. Once again, teaching them to find other ways to have fun instead of watching the TV can help them build healthy habits, and why not make those a family tradition?
Regular field trips into nature, cycling to school and in the park, walking your pooch, and hiking can all come in handy for optimizing their energy levels and keeping their cardiovascular endurance high. If they are too young to take up cycling on their own, you can find a child’s bike seat to attach to your own bicycle and take them on rides regularly before the time comes for them to go it alone.
Think plant thoughts
This has become as clichéd as it gets, but it’s still an essential part of your parental efforts to boost your kids’ immune system: teach them to never skip their fruits and veggies! Greens are a pivotal part of their diet that will help them grow properly, ensure they have a balanced gut flora with ample prebiotics, and of course, you’ll give them enough vitamins and minerals through food to satisfy their daily needs.
Sometimes, you can add various natural supplements that will help you strike the right balance in their nutrition in case their diet isn’t enough, but make sure you get advice from your family doctor to avoid any nutritional deficiencies.
Clean your home wisely
Finally, keeping your home clean at all times is always a priority for parents, but perhaps it’s time to re-visit your cleaning approach in case you’re using chemicals that could actually be harming your kids. If you take a look at a typical label on a store-bought product, you’ll see they are packed with toxins that are not just bad for the environment, but also dangerous for your family.
You can remove the germs and potential disease culprits with simple ingredients such as apple cider vinegar, baking soda and water, and there are numerous recipes you can rely on to make your own safe mixtures for all your cleaning efforts!