It’s that time of year when sniffles and bugs seem to be on the rise at nurseries and soft plays. Parenting through the germ season is no easy feat! But did you know that what your little one eats can be a powerful ally in the battle against those pesky bugs? Here’s a peek at some immune-boosting foods and why they’re superheroes for your toddler’s health.
Immune-Boosting Foods For Your Little One’s Health:
1. Pumpkin and Butternut Squash: Packed with beta-carotene, these veggies help your child’s body produce vitamin A – a key player in building a strong immune system and improving your toddlers health.
2. Green Vegetables (Kale, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Spinach): Nature’s multivitamins! Loaded with vitamin C, vitamin E, beta-carotene, and various B vitamins, they act as powerful antioxidants to fortify your child’s defenses.
3. Onions, Leeks, Garlic: Rich in ‘prebiotics,’ they fuel the good ‘probiotics’ in your child’s digestive system. A healthy gut is the cornerstone of a strong immune system.
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So, toss out the idea of relying solely on multivitamins. A diverse and health-rich diet, with a rainbow of colors, is your child’s best defense for germs. And remember, for under 5’s, a portion is about half of an adult’s – roughly what they can hold in the palm of their hand.
Variety truly is the spice of life. Keep that rainbow on their plate, and you’ll be giving your child a fighting chance against the season’s bugs!