Science-Backed Secrets To Help Boost Your Child's ImmunityThis round-up consists of expert advice.CREATED WITH NANKID®
Boosting your child’s immune system is essential now more than ever. Kids remain vulnerable to various kinds of illnesses. Yet, with so many childcare references, websites, and forums to navigate through, it can be a challenge to know which tips or information can genuinely benefit your child’s health.
If you’re not sure where to start looking, try the NANKID® Parentology Expert Forum. The milk brand has partnered with experts and pediatricians to provide information and research to help parents manage their children’s nutrition and growth.
Featured on the website are articles with tips to help parents make sure their child can defend himself against viruses and bacteria. Below are some of the helpful pieces of information found in the forum:
1. Allergies might mean a weaker immune system.
Allergies are an “overactive inflammatory reaction” triggered by environmental factors such as food, pollen, and the weather. Allergies cannot be cured—only managed, and someone who has allergies needs to avoid their allergens so that an inflammatory response isn’t triggered.
People with allergies also have a weaker immune system, which makes them more prone to diseases. And even though kids with allergies have an overactive immune system, the cells in their bodies that defend against disease and infection often function poorly.
2. It’s possible to balance the immune system through ‘immunomodulation.’
Though it sounds intimidating, “immunomodulation” just means providing the following for your child:
- Balanced diet
- Proper sleep at night
- Physical activity
- Sun exposure
- Avoiding allergens
- Balanced gut microbiome
Nutrition plays a vital role when it comes to a child having a healthy immune response. To help boost his immune system, make sure your child gets a healthy dose of carbohydrates, iron, zinc, folic acid, and vitamins.
3. Probiotics can help prevent allergies.
The microbiome is the community of microorganisms that live in your body. While you might think bacteria are dangerous, there’s actually a lot of good microbes—and they’re essential to your child’s health.
These are called probiotics, and they can influence the gut’s microbiome, which affects the immune system. This means that taking probiotics can help manage and prevent allergies, prevent harmful bacteria from reproducing in the stomach, and regulate the body’s inflammatory response. Look for probiotics that contain Bifidobacterium lactis if you want to help curb your child’s allergies and, at the same time, help boost your child’s immune system.
4. You can promote good bacteria with HM-Os.
Human milk oligosaccharides are complex carbohydrates that can be found in breast milk. HM-Os are prebiotics that reaches the colon intact—not entirely metabolized by digestion—giving them the ability to promote the reproduction of good bacteria in the gut.
These carbohydrates can enhance the growth of Bifidobacteria in the gut, creating a healthy microbiome that can support your child’s immune system.
If you’re curious to learn more about your child’s nutrition, check out the NANKID® Parentology Expert Forum. Not only is NANKID® here for you as it provides resources about your child’s nutrition; it’s also with you in providing him with proper sustenance through the NANKID® OPTIPRO® Powdered Milk Drink range.
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