5 tips to build a strong immune system


Guts microbes is the microbes that holds the key to your child immunity. The saying “you are what you eat” holds a lot of truth. However, there’s a limit of how much we can eat as well. Here, 5 main tips to build a strong immune system for your child.

Tip 1: Let them play

Kids playing football on muddy water

As much as we think there’s a lot of bacteria in playing with dirt, touching animals, playing with the muddy water after rain, playing with your broom and helping you to “mop” the floor with your floor mat, these are the bacterias that would help strengthen their immune system. Back off with the anti-bacteria wipes after each time they play, but a simple handwash after their play is all they need.

Tip 2: Stay away from anti-bacteria

Anti-bacterial is formulated with Triclosan, which helps to kill all the good and bad bacteria. That “Proven to kill 99.999% bacteria” also the main cause of the breed of antibiotic resistance bacteria. So stop over sanitising everything.

Tip 3: Replenish good bacteria

Overnight soak oats with yogurt and milk kefir with a dash of fruits is a good options for good bacteria

Like it or not, antibiotics is almost part of life nowadays. While your child is on antibiotics replenish them with good bacteria such as fermented food like kombucha, kefir, sauerkraut, yogurt or even off the shelves probiotics. The most effective strains of probiotics, are Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG (LGG) and Saccharomyces boulardii.

Tip 4: Up the prebiotics food

Now you’ve the good bacteria from probiotics – it’s time to feed these good bacteria with prebiotics food so that they grow and colonised. High-fibre foods are known for their prebiotic power—they act as food for microbes, helping probiotics grow and multiply in our digestive systems.

Tip 5: Increase anti-inflammatory food

Inflammation is common and increasing anti-inflammatory food helps to fight off diseases. Food rich with Omega-3 such as salmon, avocado, tomatoes, dark green leafy vegetables and nuts are anti-inflammatory food. An anti-inflammatory diet also contains increased amounts of antioxidants, which are reactive molecules in food that reduce the number of free radicals. Free radicals are molecules in the body that may damage cells and increase the risk of certain diseases.

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