According to the World Health Organization (WHO), a chronic disease is a long-term condition that changes over time. Asthma, seasonal allergies, food allergies and intolerances, diabetes, juvenile arthritis, obesity, epilepsy, cancer, celiac disease, Lyme disease, eczema and other skin diseases, dyspepsia and other gastrointestinal diseases, not to mention autism, ADHD, OCD, childhood depression, neurological disorders (Tourette’s syndrome, dyspraxia, etc.).
Yes, we live in a more toxic world! Yes, the causes are multifactorial! And from generation to generation, we transfer some of this toxicity onto our mother's womb and through breast milk!
That being said, what should we do on a daily basis to support children's immune systems and help them get "healthy"?
Children’s immune systems are still developing until they reach the age of 7 to 9 years old. It is expected that their bodies react to external aggressions with a cold or a fever, "without complications". For each attacker they meet, their immune system sets up a kind of MSDS: an antibody. They thus become immune to the different germs that exist in their environment and it is to their benefit that they build a strong immunity that will serve them for the rest of their lives.
What children eat is crucial. They need fruits and vegetables EVERY day and at ALL MEALS. Choose ORGANIC food! Avoid sweets and food colouring. Include a diversity of cereals to their diet. This reduces the amount of gluten they eat: quinoa, buckwheat, millet, rice, oats, etc. Choose a variety of calcium-rich beverages: plant-based milk like almond, rice, soya or hazelnut are excellent for replacing dairy products, often over-consumed by children. And ... do not neglect their protein intake. If your child doesn’t like protein, hide some whey protein or vegan protein in their smoothies!
Add some supplements:
# 1 - PROBIOTICS, because they:
- protect against pathogenic bacteria and yeasts
- maintain the integrity of the intestinal mucosa, thus limiting food allergies and intolerances
- increase absorption at the intestinal level by maintaining an adequate pH
- regulate intestinal motility
- modulate immune function
- balance the mood - "intestine / brain axis"
You can start giving probiotics to your infant right at birth to protect your baby from the risk of atopic diseases, such as asthma, eczema, allergies and ENT infections. Choose formulas specifically formulated for infants and then for children, up until the age of 5 to 7 years old, because until that age there are more bifidobacteria in the intestinal microbiota. After that age, children can take the same probiotics as the rest of the family.
# 2 - Vitamin D or the "sun" vitamin because it plays a major role in activating the immune system and here, in Quebec, it is missing for 8 months of the year - OR - give them a complete multivitamin with minerals.
# 3 – Omega 3s are necessary! And unfortunately they are almost absent from children’s diets! Omega 3s have a long-term positive effect on learning and memory. Interestingly enough, Omega 3s would be useful in reducing the frequency and intensity of asthma attacks.
# 4 - Make sure they drink water!
# 5 - Encourage them to engage in sport activities!
# 6 - Make sure they have enough sleep.
# 7 - If necessary, to support and stimulate their immune system: use an antiviral formula made with an extract of fresh Echinacea plant.
Childhood and adolescence are periods of active growth that require an increased supply of "good building materials". If you need personalized advice, do not hesitate to contact your naturopath.- Back to previous page -