Keeping your child’s immune system strong is essential for protecting them against illnesses. Your child’s diet has a big role in maintaining a healthy immune system. Nourishing your child with foods containing nutrients like vitamins A, B6 and C, iron, zinc, antioxidants, and folic acid can greatly boost their immunity. But sometimes, it may be difficult to track which immunity-boosting nutrients your child is getting from the meals you prepare. Also, you may have to prepare complex meals with many ingredients to ensure your child is getting adequate amounts of these nutrients. This can be quite challenging, especially if you are a busy parent. Home remedies can be handy in such situations. With simple ingredients you already have in your kitchen, you can whip up easy home remedies that will keep your child’s immune systems healthy. Below are a few examples:
1. Honey and lemon juice
You may have heard about the effect of this combination for soothing coughs and congestion. Lemon juice is rich in vitamin C, which helps in fighting against many kinds of infections. Honey has anti-inflammatory properties, which again help in combating infections. All you need to do is mix 1 tablespoon of each, and then microwave the mixture until it’s warm. Your child can then swallow the mixture one teaspoon at a time. As honey is sweet, your child will not be fussy about having the mixture.
2. Haldi milk
Haldi, or turmeric, has antioxidants which help in fighting cell damage and lowering the risk of infections. This yellow spice also has anti-inflammatory properties, which can further contribute to fighting infections. Adding honey, a small amount of grated ginger, and a pinch of cinnamon can also enhance the immunity-boosting properties of haldi milk. A cup of haldi milk a few times a week can help in strengthening your child’s immune system, and will also be a good break from their regular cup of milk.
3. Garlic soup
Garlic has antimicrobial, antifungal, and antibacterial properties, making it a strong and effective immunity booster. Normally, we tend to use only a few garlic cloves while preparing dishes. But garlic soup makes garlic the hero of the dish and maximizes garlic’s immunity-boosting effects. For a simple garlic soup, all you need is 5-6 garlic cloves, olive oil to roast the garlic, sliced onions, chicken or vegetable broth, any type of milk, thyme and oregano for flavour, and salt and pepper to taste. Garlic soup is a delicious way for your child to benefit from garlic’s immunity-boosting properties.
4. Lemon ginger tea
Despite the name, this drink does not have any caffeine in it. It features well-known, infection-fighting ingredients like lemon, ginger, and honey. Lemon is rich in immunity-boosting vitamin C. Honey has anti-inflammatory properties, and ginger has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects. All these ingredients can strengthen the immune system and help in fighting infections. To make this soothing drink, all you need is fresh lemon juice, honey, fresh grated ginger, and water. You can easily adjust the sweetness to suit your child’s taste.
It is natural for your child to get exposed to germs, but these home remedies can help prevent these germs from causing serious infections. Preparing these home remedies for your child at times can strengthen your child’s immune system and help them combat infections and diseases.