Immune System Development: Probiotic Bacteria and Prebiotic Fiber to the Fore

Your child immune defense is like a door that protects the body from bacteria, viruses and other antigens that have the potential to cause illness. With the help of certain nutrients, your child can maintain a healthy intestinal tract and promote development of the cells and antibodies that fight antigens. A well-balanced diet is essential for a healthy immune defense system. 1

The first step to a healthy immune system is:          

Knowing Your Nutrients!

The first step to a healthy immune system

  • Nucleotides– Essential for normal cell function and replication
  • Prebiotics– Fructooligosaccharides (FOS) & Galacto-oligosaccharides (GOS) is food to support the growth of probiotics
  • Zinc and Vitamin A, C and E– Help to protect cells from free radicals that may have escaped the natural processes of the child body system


Immune-boosting tips

  • Give it a shot– Check with your child’s doctor to make sure all vaccinations are up-to-date
  • Nourish his diet– While missing certain vitamins and minerals may weaken immune response, diets rich in nucleotides (lean meat and mushrooms), prebiotics (nuts, beans, and whole grains), and probiotics (yogurt) can help strengthen it
  • Breathe easy– Avoid exposure to immune weakening cigarette smoke and toxic substances (household cleaners, fertilizers, and pesticides)
  • Get physical– Exercise isn’t just good for physical and mental development, it will get his immunity in shape, too