Stay healthy and boost your kids and family's immunity with these wellness tips.
Remember when we were all in covid lockdowns? During the circuit breaker, we completed 30-day challenges and have become baking and homeschooling experts. But while we’re back to living life as usual, it’s imperative to make sure that we’re still vigilant (anyone else have kids constantly unwell with colds and flus now their immunity is down?) and we’re always looking for was to ensure we are keeping the family healthy. Thankfully, we’ve got some tips that’ll help you boost the kids’ immunity and keep those germs at bay. Read on…
Tips on boosting your family’s immunity
1. Blend this immune booster juice
A glass of juice is an easy-peasy way to get your kids to eat their veggies and fruits – it’s chock full of ingredients and tastes great, too. We love this easy immune-booster recipe by The Wanderlust Kitchen. It’s tangy and sweet with grapefruit, mango and carrots and includes a little ginger, cayenne pepper and turmeric for their anti-inflammatory properties.
2. Sweat it out
Exercise is another great way to boost your kids’ immunity. Working out has never been more important, especially during this pandemic! In fact, the latest findings in science have proven that a daily dose of exercise can fight off germs… under social distancing measures and good hygiene practices, of course.
3. Don’t forget to take your vitamins
It’s super important for the little ones to get their daily dose of essential vitamins and minerals, not just to boost their immune system but to help with their overall development as well. You may be wondering if your kid is getting enough of these in their daily meals, especially if you’ve got a picky eater at home. Tip: consider supplementing their diet with gummy vitamins. There are various options available, depending on what your little one needs.
If you’re not sure which ones to get, we love MadeFrom™, a supplements company which is headquartered in New Zealand and now available in Singapore! Their vision is to create high quality supplements which focus on using real food instead of synthetic vitamins in a format that is simpler, healthier and more fun for families. We are big fans of the MadeFrom™ All Natural Vitamin C Gummy for Kids. The Vitamin C is sourced entirely from acerola cherries and the product is 100% natural, unlike all other Vitamin C gummy supplements on the market. Most importantly, the feedback from kids and parents is that they taste great (woohoo!) and it helps to build children’s immunity.
You can also check out Canteen9’s range of vitamins and supplements. The brand prides itself on using only premium ingredients sourced from Germany, the UK, the Netherlands, and the US. There’s the Hey, All! package, a 12-in-one set of chewable vitamins to boost your child’s eye, bone, and immune system health. If you’re looking for a protein supplement, try the Hey, Tein! protein powder which is made using colostrum and goat’s milk. Want to boost your family’s gut health? Hey, Jang! contains probiotics derived from breastmilk and kimchi. We love the fact that Canteen9’s products come in a variety of delicious flavours (blueberry, orange, prune, you name it!), but are low in calories and sugar. Oh, and did we mention they offer single serving packets as well? This reduces the chances of germs and oxidation affecting your kid’s vitamins. We love!
4. Snack healthy
It’s easy to reach for a small bag of chips or some baked treats for a mid-day snack when the kids are hungry. To that, we say opt for healthy, smart snacks instead to help boost their immunity. Try putting some yoghurt in the freezer for a cool sweet treat to have on a hot day – it’s just like a frozen popsicle or ice cream, but has probiotics that are great for the little one’s gut. Just remember to pick the low-sugar or no-added sugar option, because we all know what happens when kids eat a ton of sugar…
Other healthy snacks include walnuts, almonds and a dizzying array of fruits and veggies. Need more recommendations? Super Healthy Kids has a list of other immunity-boosting foods and recipes that are worth checking out.
5. And most importantly, get some sleep
It’s easy to forgo sleep when we’re surrounded by the blue light from our technology around us… especially when we’re all so dependent on our phones, laptops and tablets to educate and entertain during these crazy times. Science has shown time and time again that lack of sleep affects our body’s ability to fight off germs. So, in order to boost your littlies’ immunity, it’s important to get quality sleep at night. And thankfully, there are apps and devices to help us monitor our kiddos’ screen time, too.
One sure-fire way to get the young ‘uns down for a nap or for bed is with a good storybook! Need to up your storytelling game? We’ve got pro storytelling tips from an expert! Or, if you’re busy with other tasks at hand or have an older kid, podcasts and soothing, calming music are also a great way to lull them to bed.
Stay healthy, folks!
Top image: The Wanderlust Kitchen