We've got 7 immunity building blocks for kids that are way cooler than Lego!

Pssst, it involves a lot of eating and sleeping

Children can be fussy when it comes to food, often resulting in low nutrition levels. Unless food is jazzy enough for their eyes, they refuse to touch it. Not that there is a guarantee that they will still like it! And with the changing environment, immunity takes a hit.

I have this vague memory of Dina Pathak dishing out dadima ke nuskhe—household remedies for preventing from commonplace illnesses—on a popular entertainment channel.

Come winters and we always have jars of honey filled with almonds, 5-6 of which should be consumed as soon as we wake up.

There is no denying the profound truth that these remedies work well even today and are the foundation you need to build your child’s immunity.


Let’s build the Tower of Immunity


Let’s take a look at some ‘bricks’ that will help build your child’s Tower of Immunity.



1
Ghee
Ghee is the gut’s best friend and works phenomenally well for your child’s gut health. Its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties work wonders in making your child’s body immune to disease. This source of good fat also helps in brain development.

2

Colloidal silver
Colloidal silver is antibacterial and antimicrobial. This enables it to fight bugs that are resistant to antibiotics. It is anti-inflammatory and also helps fight diseases like bronchitis and pneumonia.

3
Vegetables and fruits
Do I even need to expound on the virtues of these? You will find 100s and 1000s of recipes online for no-fuss smoothies and innovative ways of serving veggies. 
4
Elderberry juice
Elderberries are known to help in brain and immunity development. The anthocyanins (flavonoids with antioxidant properties) in elderberries help the body fight illness and disease. They are also rich in Vitamin C and really effective against flu. Make some elderberry gummies and watch your kids gobble them up in minutes! (The internet’s got a lot many recipes for elderberry gummies and other foods you can make using elderberries.)
5
Immunity boosting spices
Culinary spices like garlic, ginger, turmeric, black pepper and cinnamon are superpowers that help strengthen digestion and thereby boost immunity. What works is that these will add to the flavor of the food and yet stay hidden. So, win-win!
6
Yoga mudras
Expounding on the virtues of practicing yoga is like telling you how important it is to drink water. Yoga mudras are hand gestures that, combined with a guided breathing pattern, help to improve the energy flow in the body. A popular yoga mudra known to boost immunity is the Prana Mudra (the Mudra of Life).

For the prana mudra:
1. Sit in the padmasana.
2. Bend the ring finger and the little finger towards the thumb.
3. Touch the thumb to the tips of the ring finger and the little finger.
7
Alternative therapies
The following alternative therapies are also very effective in boosting immunity:
1. Homeopathy
2. Bach Flower remedies
3. Energy Healing (Pranic/Reiki can be administered at home by the parent because it requires only basic chakra cleansing knowledge)

Now, let’s smash some myths that can weaken the Tower of Immunity:


· A child of normal weight and height does not need immunity boosters. 
I was at home all day yesterday so I don’t need to bathe today. Did you laugh at this? Then you know why you need to laugh at the first sentence too. True that underweight children are less immune but height and weight aren’t the only barometers of immunity.

· Those colorful vitamin drinks are perfect immunity boosters. 
The only thing good about these drinks: they are pleasing to the eye. The food we eat—a natural source—gives all the nutrients that these drinks promise to give. Also, remember, excess of anything isn’t really   great.

· Meditation is only for adults.

It isn’t. Children, these days more so, are as stressed as adults, if not more. And we all know that mental stress can manifest into a physical illness alright. Introduce children to meditation to help them inculcate a healthy mind and a healthy body.

· Hail antibiotics!  

Ummm…not really. Antibiotics are not the only way to cure illnesses. Besides, they are also known to weaken the body’s immune system’s capacity to fight diseases on its own.

· Immunity depends only on nutrition.

While eating the right type and quantity of food is important, fresh air, sunshine, and adequate sleep are as important. Inculcating in kids the habit of waking up early and building a healthy routine will go a long way in making sure the foundation of immunity always stays strong.

Constant bouts of cough and flu in kids may sound common, but it doesn’t have to be. Consistent alternative practices can build long-lasting immunity for growing kids. Let Thriive help filter out the myths and boil it down to what works and how. Learn more: http://gfss.thriive.in/

Nikita Jhanglani is a technical and creative content writer, editor and book blogger. Currently, she is into world domination, one checklist at a time.

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