School is round the corner and although, as parents, we look forward to settling into our quite routines those endless sick days loom large. As children spend the day in close proximity with so many other children, getting sick seems inevitable. This need not be the case and here are a few tricks you can adopt early on to ensure your child is less likely to catch a nasty illness.
- An early bedtime: we all know an early bedtime is a good idea in order to have well-rested adults and children alike but did you know that lack of sleep actually compromises a child’s immunity? Sleeping early and consistently every night is imperative to building a child’s immunity and having a healthy happy child. Need a bigger incentive to setting an early bedtime for your child? Doing so will ensure a less cranky child next day and an easier morning routine.
- Healthy eating: eating a balanced diet full of fresh fruits and vegetables and unprocessed food is important all year round but especially so during school days. Offering children foods rich in Vitamin C, Vitamin B6 and Vitamin E has been linked to a strong immunity. Foods rich in these vitamins include: broccoli, cauliflower, fish, eggs, carrots and pumpkin.
- Plenty of active time: a sedentary lifestyle and long afternoons spent in front of the TV or an Ipad has been linked to everything from increased child obesity to a compromised immune system because of the lack of physical exercise. Get those kids active by planning afternoon family activities outdoors and try limiting screen time to no more than 2 hours per day.
- Get more fresh air: the importance of outdoor play and getting fresh air by taking the children to less polluted areas like up in the mountains has very important to give their body that clean oxygen needed to build its defenses. But the air inside the home is just important, if not more so, than the air we breathe outside. Try to invest in air-purifying house plants like Areca Palm or Aloe Vera or else in an air purifier or essential oils like Eucalyptus that work to clean the air.
Sana Toukan is a Nutrition Health Coach and a mother of 1 who made Lebanon her home 3 years ago after living in London and Dubai. She is a passionate cook and prepares almost all meals at home which is what prompted her interest in learning more about healthy food and how to make balanced meals for the whole family. Sana is a strong advocate of lifestyle changes including shifting to whole foods and fitness to change one’s overall well-being, having achieved this over the years for herself.