‘Mommy, I don’t feel good.” Quite possibly, one of the most dreaded phrases in all of parenthood. And it usually comes either in the middle of the night or when you have somewhere important to go. When your little one is sick with the flu, you’ll do just about anything to get them back to healthy as quickly as possible. These immune-boosting foods will help your child feel better faster.
I’m a Little Teapot
At some point in your life, you have probably had some Ginger Ale to calm your stomach. In addition to fighting nausea and indigestion, did you know that ginger is also full of virus-fighters? It contains gingerol, which has been researched as a cough suppressant, and has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
Raw ginger is probably not going to appeal to your child, so try making a simple ginger tea, sweetened with honey. Place one teaspoon of finely chopped or grated ginger root in a mug with boiling water. Let steep for 5-10 minutes and strain to remove the ginger. Add honey to taste.
Chicken Soup for the Soul
….and the flu. Nothing beats this classic cold and flu remedy to loosen mucus in your chest, soothe your sore throat, and unclog your nose. Chicken soup takes it one step further with the zinc-loaded chicken and nutrient-filled vegetables. And, it has anti-inflammatory properties by reducing the movement of neutrophils, immune cells that stimulate the release of mucus.
Both homemade and canned offer the same benefits, but if your child feels up to it, you can add macaroni noodles to the soup as the carbohydrates will increase energy levels. For an easy recipe that is ready in less than 35 minutes, try this one from Parents.
Put Them on Pizza and They’ll Never Notice
We had no idea mushrooms made for such great flu-fighters, but the polysaccharide beta glucan activates the immune system and regulates white blood cells. They are also high in vitamins, polyphenols, and zinc. Most kids aren’t in love with mushrooms, but put them on top of a pizza and kids will eat them! You can also chop them up and add them to an omelet for an immune-boosting breakfast.
Did Someone Say Milkshake?
Greek yogurt is known for containing probiotic cultures, which boost the immune system by fighting off bad bacteria. Probiotics also fight illnesses by increasing the number of virus-fighting cells. Plus, yogurt goes down easy on sore, inflamed throats. To get the most benefit to improving your immune system, look for yogurt that has live and active cultures.
If your child is not crazy about eating yogurt by itself, you can try one of these options:
· Mix yogurt with fresh berries and bananas and a dash of almond milk to make a shake.
· Add a few spices and seasonings to make a veggie dip.
· Add frozen blueberries to a cup of Greek yogurt to make frozen yogurt.
Just like you when you feel miserable, your child might not feel up to eating anything for a few days. Young children especially can become dehydrated quickly so make sure they are still getting sufficient fluids. For a sore throat, either warm or very cold liquids will be soothing. Hot chocolate, ice pops, and diluted juice are all good choices. Once they are ready to eat, make sure they get extra nutrients like the ones in these foods to get better faster.
In an ideal world we would raise our kids in a sick-free environment where they can be happy and healthy all of the time. All of us parents understand this fantasy just doesn’t exist and therefore it is important to keep our children’s immune system healthy. Eating right is one key to this lock and adding one tablet of Cold-Fix daily to your child’s routine can keep that cold and flu from even starting. Cold-Fix works with your child’s own immune system and does not have any added sugar or caffeine like some of the cold and flu leading brands. Keep your kids healthy this flu season and pick up Cold-Fix at www.coldfixnow.com.