Jul 02

Boosting your child’s immunity during the coronavirus pandemic

    The global Coronavirus pandemic has caused widespread angst and worry for all. You would be hard-pressed to find an area of the world which hasn’t been affected. In these difficult times, it is necessary that we equip ourselves with the best natural defences- especially our children. Thus, in this article we recommend two specific nutrients, and mention their roles in strengthening immunity.

    Vitamin A is highly regarded for its contribution to strong immunity, helping with multiple functions of the immune system. This includes the mucous barriers in the eyes, lungs and gut which protect against different bacteria. Additionally, they are involved in the production of white blood cells- vital to the immune system. Foods which contain vitamin A include fish, cheese, shrimp, milk, eggs, carrots, sweet potatoes, broccoli, kale, and other fresh vegetables.

    Vitamin D is often acclaimed only for its benefits to the bones and teeth; however, many studies have highlighted its vital role in the immune system as well. The system itself is quite complex and must constantly be kept in balance. If not, a person can suffer from autoimmune diseases or frequent infections. Based on the research in the Journal of Pharmacology & Pharmacotherapeutic, almost 50 percent of people globally are unfortunately deficient in vitamin D. Besides getting vitamin D from the sun, you can get it from eggs, fish, common mushrooms, and cereals.

    The most important thing however, alongside this nutritional aid, is that children must also be protected from outside exposure in general. Hence, maintaining social distancing and regular handwashing are the best measures we can take.

    Be safe, stay aware, and take care.