Child’s Immunity and Growth
The importance of good nutrition in raising healthy children is fundamental. But did you know that to help children grow and develop physically, a strong and developed immune system plays a vital role too?
Nutrition is in fact an important determinant of our “immune responses” which is how the body recognizes and defends itself against bacteria, viruses and substances that are foreign and harmful. Poor nutrition affects one’s immune system which increases the risk of infection, leading to poor appetite and the danger of this becoming a vicious cycle.
More than adults, children need complete and balanced nutrition to develop a strong immune system, reducing sick days that interfere with their growth and development.
A few ways to help children develop their immunity and fuel their growth is by supporting their nutrition. Growing children need Vitamin C to build their immune system and get sufficient antioxidants. Zinc is also necessary to protect against falling ill and to recover sooner from illnesses. Moreover, probiotics and prebiotics help support a healthy digestive system and immune system too.
In conclusion, adequate nutrient supply is necessary to support the growth potential as well as the immune system of children.