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What Vitamins Should You Give Your Children Now to Reduce the Upcoming Cold/Flu Season?

Posted on September 6, 2023

Keeping your kids healthy during the fall, especially when the weather starts to change and flu season approaches, requires a combination of good hygiene practices, a balanced diet, physical activity, and preventive measures.

In general, it’s best to obtain essential vitamins and minerals through a well-balanced diet rather than relying on supplements. However, if you’re concerned about your children’s immune health or if they have specific dietary restrictions or deficiencies, you can consider supplementing certain vitamins and minerals after consulting with a healthcare provider. Here are some key vitamins and minerals that are important for immune health:

  1. Vitamin C: Vitamin C is known for its immune-boosting properties. It can be found in citrus fruits (e.g., oranges, lemons), strawberries, kiwi, and bell peppers.
  2. Vitamin D: Vitamin D plays a crucial role in immune function. It can be obtained from sunlight exposure and is found in foods like fortified dairy products, fatty fish (e.g., salmon, mackerel), and egg yolks. If your child has limited sun exposure or a deficiency, your healthcare provider may recommend a supplement.
  3. Vitamin A: Vitamin A is essential for maintaining the health of the skin and mucous membranes, which serve as barriers against pathogens. Good sources include sweet potatoes, carrots, and leafy greens.
  4. Zinc: Zinc is important for immune system function. It can be found in foods like meat, dairy, nuts, and legumes. Zinc supplements may be recommended for individuals with zinc deficiencies.
  5. Iron: Iron is important for overall health and energy production. While it’s not directly related to immune function, iron deficiency can weaken the body’s defenses. Iron-rich foods include lean meats, poultry, beans, and fortified cereals.
  6. Probiotics: Probiotics are beneficial bacteria that can support gut health, which is closely linked to the immune system. Probiotic-rich foods include yogurt and fermented foods. Some children may benefit from probiotic supplements, especially if they have digestive issues.
  7. Omega-3 Fatty Acids: Omega-3 fatty acids, found in fatty fish (e.g., salmon, trout) and flaxseeds, have anti-inflammatory properties that can support overall health, including immune function.

It’s important to note that children generally do not require supplementation of these vitamins and minerals if they have a balanced diet and no underlying deficiencies. In fact, excessive intake of certain vitamins and minerals can be harmful. Always consult with a healthcare provider before giving your children any supplements to determine whether they are necessary and to ensure proper dosing.

Additionally, a balanced diet that includes a variety of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and dairy or dairy alternatives can provide most of the essential nutrients your children need for a healthy immune system. Encourage your children to eat a diverse range of foods to support their overall health and immune function.

Does Your Child Eat a Well Balanced Diet and Still Get Sick?

Parents have been taking their children to pediatric chiropractors to boost their immune system for decades. In our office, many parents use chiropractic care as a first line of defense during cold and flu season. Learn How it Works HERE

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