5 Best Immune Boosters for Kids

Boost their immune system and avoid the back to school bugs.

I can’t believe the Summer is almost gone! We had a blast visiting Hershey Park in PA and Scarborough Beach here in RI. The time flew by and now the kids are back to school. And all I can think about is how much the schools are a breeding ground for colds and other sicknesses. Time to start boosting their immune systems before they bring that crap home!

Best Immune Boosters for Kids

Wanna prevent or lessen the duration of sicknesses? Then check out this list of my favorite immune boosters for people of all ages.

Vitamin C from Real Food

Picture of Catie's Vitamin C Plus and Pure Radiance C supplements on a background of fresh berries.Vitamin C has been touted as a great immune booster and antioxidant for decades. But, not all vitamin C is created equal. Created is the key word there because lab synthesized vitamin C lacks the cofactors that help our bodies absorb and use it. Much of it just goes right through us without being absorbed. Yes, it is cheaper, but you literally might as well throw your money right into the toilet. You might ask “What about  Emergen C? That is supposed to be like a billion mg per serving. Won’t that help?” It has to have so much because so much just goes right through you. Yes, it does help some people, but it may also be doing harm. A friend of mine ended up with kidney stones because her body was taxed with flushing all the excess synthetic C from her system. Her very young children had colds and she was trying to be proactive and started taking 5000mg of synthetic vitamin C daily (Emergen-C) to stave it off. After a couple weeks of this, she was in terrible pain from trying to pass the stones. Her PCP said it was from her body eliminating all the unabsorbed synthetic C. The cold would have been preferable!

So, here at Nourishing World, we sell only vitamin C supplements from whole food and real food sources – the kind your body can absorb properly and effectively. My personal favorite is the Catie’s Vitamin C Plus. This is a powdered supplement that can be added to drinks or smoothies, yogurt, apple sauce or any super moist food. It cannot be cooked, so don’t add it to hot foods or drinks. It tastes like fruit punch, so you can mix it into your kids water bottles for school to keep their immunity high all day. If they don’t like the taste of this one, my next favorite is Pure Synergy Vitamin C. This is a super concentrated real food vitamin C supplement. The serving size is just 1/4 tsp or one capsule. Again the powder can be added to many foods. I take vitamin C every day not just for it’s immune boosting effects, but also because it is vital to helping our body absorb proteins. And, our bodies cannot produce vitamin C, no matter what we eat. We have to get it from outside sources, so if you don’t think you eat much vitamin C in a day, then a high quality vitamin C supplement is very important for you.

Medicinal Grade Manuka Honey

A picture of 100% Raw Wedderspoon Manuka Honey on a background of bees in honeycomb.While regular honey has some immune boosting properties, medicinal grade Manuka honey kicks it up a few notches. This is super easy to get children to take because it is sweet and tasty. It can be mixed into warm liquids (under 96° F), spread on crackers or bread, or mixed with your favorite nut butter. Again, avoid mixing it with hot foods or drinks. It is a fantastic supplement to have on hand for immune boosting and so much more. It is also great for the digestive tract and is a fantastic natural anti-inflammatory. And, Manuka honey is antibacterial and antimicrobial, so it is great to use on wounds and burns. I used a combination of this and emu oil on my stitches and resulting wounds after my ACL/MCL knee surgery. Both my doctor and physical therapist were amazed at how well I healed. And two years later I have only very faint scars.

Our favorite brand is Wedderspoon Manuka Honey because it is raw. Therefore it contains all the beneficial enzymes that many other brands cook out. You can read more about this fantastic supplement here. When my daughter has a mild cold, I send her to school with a couple of the Honey On The Go packets to take while at school to help keep her body fighting that cold all day

Superfood Antioxidant Acai

A picture of Perfect Acai powder on a background of acai berries in baskets.Size doesn’t always matter. Acai berries, while small, are the world’s most concentrated antioxidant source! And our favorite brand, Perfect Acai has an astounding ORAC value of 50,000 per 100 g – on average 50 higher than the competition. This is because Perfect Acai is organic and super pure with no fillers of flow agents. Aside from being a great immune booster, acai also has anti-inflammatory properties and has been shown to help regulate cholesterol levels and reverse free radical damage.

Perfect Acai comes in capsule or powder form. The capsules are great for older kids and busy adults who want to get their antioxidants quickly. The powder is perfect for adding to food and smoothies for young children or quick easy breakfasts. I put this in my morning smoothie to keep my immunity up all year round.

Improve Gut Health with Probiotics

Eat Dirt? Absolutely.Did you know that your gut houses 70% of the cells that make up our immune system? That’s right, so a healthy gut is crucial to a healthy immune system. One of the best and easiest things everyone can do for their guts is to take a really good probiotic. Probiotics can help our bodies maintain a good ratio of bacteria in our entire digestive system. All sorts of problems can occur when the ratio gets out of whack. I really can’t go into all the benefits of adding probiotics to your regimen, so to learn more about the benefits of probiotics, check out this article.

My all time favorite probiotic is Prescript Assist. This is a soil-based probiotic that is safe for people of all ages. If children cannot swallow the capsules, then they can be opened and poured into food or thick drinks. The powder won’t dissolve, so if you pour it into water or juice, it will float on top and stick to the sides of the glass. This is the probiotic I have been taking for years.

Boost Brain Power & Immunity with Coconut Oil

Picture of Perfect Coconut Oil on a background of coconuts.Coconut oil is a fantastic immune booster because of all the unique medium chain fatty acids in it, lauric acid, capric acid and caprylic acid. During digestion, these are broken down into monoglycerides and free fatty acids. The monoglycerides deter microbes from attacking our immune system. Monolaurin, from lauric acid, is believed to have the best antiviral, anti-fungal and antibacterial effect. Good coconut oil contains more naturally occurring  lauric acid than any other food besides breast milk. And it is great for brain power at school and work.

But, not all coconut oils are as good. Make sure you get a high quality, unrefined coconut oil if you want to get all the immune and brain boosting goodness from it. We sell two excellent quality coconut oils, Perfect Coconut Oil and Blue Breeze Coconut Oil from Green Pastures. Both are organic and cold pressed. Perfect Coconut Oil comes in capsules, too for those who like the ease of swallowing capsules.

Coconut oil can be added to oatmeal or any hot cereal, smoothies, or you can even make salad dressing out of it. You can stir-fry veggies with it or use it in baking. Adding one or two tablespoons a day to your children’s diet can help boost their immune system and their brain power.

Final Thoughts on Immune Boosting for Kids

This is a list of real food supplements that can be taken daily to help boost and keep our immune systems healthy. I know from experience that taking Perfect Acai and Vitamin C daily has helped me go from getting six or more colds a year to once or fewer. I also take more if I feel a tiny bit under the weather to help stave off colds before they take root. We have other great immune boosters, like cod liver oil, but that is much harder to get kids to take. The immune boosters on this list can be taken daily by people of all ages. So, what are you waiting for? Grab some and get it in yourself and your kids before they bring home something besides their latest art project.

 

Winterize Your Immune System

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Winter is right around the corner and cold and flu season is already beginning. Don’t wind up in bed for days surrounded by tissues and heat packs! Get your immune system in tip-top shape with these whole food immune boosting supplements. Now is the time to start taking several of these if you aren’t already. While you can always increase the doses of most of your supplements at the first sniffle or sneeze, prevention goes much further in helping your body fight off germs and stay healthy.

Vitamin D

As cold, dark days force us to bundle up or stay inside, our sun exposure drops — and so do our vitamin D levels. Those living above 40°N latitude are particularly at risk for vitamin D deficiency from November to March. Research has shown those with low vitamin D levels are more likely to contract influenza, while those with high vitamin D levels who do come down with the flu suffer for a shorter duration. People with low vitamin D levels are also more likely to experience upper respiratory infections, excessive daytime sleepiness, diabetes, autoimmune diseases, and certain types of cancer.

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Zinc

Zinc has been shown to reduce the duration of colds by several days. This mineral increases the amount of white blood cells that your body produces, so that you have a stronger “army” to fight illness and infection. Zinc also lowers the incidence of diarrhea by more than 25% and lower respiratory infections by 45%.

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Vitamin C

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Vitamin C has long been one of the most popular immune supplements — and for good reason! Vitamin C is anti-inflammatory, antioxidant rich, and has antibiotic properties as well. Vitamin C is needed for iron absorption, collagen formation, wound healing, and combating free radicals. This vitamin is particularly important to take (or increase) at the first sign of a cold; it can often completely knock the illness right out of your system, but at the very least can usually lessen the severity and duration of colds. Studies have found it may even reduce the risk of complications such as pneumonia or bronchitis.

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Probiotics

Good health starts in the gut, which is why probiotics are so important in supporting the immune system. More than 70% of your body’s immune cells reside in the gastrointestinal tract. Probiotics keep the digestive system functioning optimally and aid in preventing infection and reducing inflammation. A study in the Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport found that taking a probiotic reduced the incidence of colds and stomach bugs by 40%!

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Adaptogens

perfect_acai_reviveAs their name implies, adaptogens help your body adapt to stress, both physical and mental. Many of these herbs grow at high altitudes or in cold, desolate climates like Siberia, and have been used for centuries in these regions to help inhabitants survive the harsh conditions. Adaptogens help regulate body systems including blood pressure, heart rate, metabolism, cortisol, energy levels, and more. Supporting the body in adapting to stress leaves it less susceptible to colds, flus, bronchitis, pneumonia, and other illnesses.

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Silver

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Silver has amazing potential in warding off all kinds of germs and bacteria. It is an excellent defense against bacterial, fungal, and viral infections, yet doesn’t attack healthy cells, making silver an ideal immune support supplement. In fact, silver has been used for its immune boosting and disease treating properties since ancient times.

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By Ali Wetherbee

Natural Immune Boosters

Don't let a cold keep you from having fun. Boost Your Immune System . . . & Keep It Healthy!By Ali Wetherbee

No one enjoys being sick! A stuffy nose, inflamed sinuses, and all-over aches and pains stop you in your tracks and leave you feeling miserable. But what if there were ways to boost your immune system — naturally! — to improve your body’s resistance to viruses and bacteria? Fortunately, there are many options when it comes to natural immune boosters. Each of these whole-food supplements is an amazing natural immune booster for preventing mild and acute illnesses as well as more severe and chronic illnesses. A compromised immune system can leave you susceptible to every passing germ, but with a healthy diet and a natural immune booster (or several), you can be back on the track to good health!

Natural Immune Booster #1: Vitamin C

Vitamin C is an antioxidant vitamin naturally present in many fruits and vegetables, and is perhaps the most popular and widely-researched natural immune booster. According to Mark Moyad, MD, MPH, who has studied vitamin C extensively, “Higher blood levels of vitamin C may be the ideal nutrition marker for overall health.” He recommends consuming much more than the RDA — at least 500mg of vitamin C a day —  in supplement form, in addition to a diet rich in fruits and vegetables. Since any excess vitamin C is water-soluble and excreted from the body rather than stored, overdose is not a concern, but at very high doses (2000mg or more) it can irritate the stomach, loosen bowels, and stress the liver and kidneys. Whole food vitamin C contains all the co-factors needed to obtain optimal benefits from this vitamin. Studies suggest that vitamin C can strengthen an immune system weakened by stress, reduce the duration of illness, prevent complications (such as pneumonia) from the common cold, combat inflammation, and prevent more serious illnesses stemming from a compromised immune system, such as cancer, arthritis, diabetes, and heart disease. For those that are anemic, taking vitamin C along with your iron supplement can boost your body’s absorption of iron. Vitamin C is also able to increase the production and function of white blood cells, particularly neutrophils, those cells which are responsible for fighting off invading bacteria and viruses, as well as boost interferons, which trigger the body’s antiviral response — all key components of a healthy immune system. Vitamin C is a particularly important natural immune booster in preventing colds and other illnesses in children and in those who are under hard physical stress, such as marathon runners, soldiers in harsh climates, and skiers.

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Natural Immune Booster #2: Baobab Fruit

Limitless_BaobabGet all the benefits of vitamin C powder, plus antioxidants, fiber, vitamins, minerals, and more, all in one fruit! This amazing supplement from Limitless Good helps naturally boost the immune system. Baobab powder, made from the fruit of the baobab tree from Malawi, Africa, has limitless potential to improve your health! Not only is baobab powder an excellent source of vitamin C, with 6 times the vitamin C of oranges, but it also contains 6 times the antioxidants of blueberries and 6 times the potassium of bananas, leaving you less susceptible to colds and flus. This natural immune booster is also rich in calcium, magnesium, and iron. Baobab’s high ORAC value (a measure of antioxidant content) means this fruit is a powerhouse when it comes to fighting inflammation and scavenging free radicals, reducing the risk of illnesses related to aging or chronic inflammation. Plus, with every spoonful of Limitless Good Baobab powder, you’ll be getting a good serving of digestive enzymes and prebiotics, which boost the growth of beneficial bacteria in the digestive system and strengthen the immune system. Mix baobab powder into your juice, smoothie, yogurt, or even plain water — it adds a delicious citrusy flavor with an immune-boosting punch!

Natural Immune Booster #3: Perfect Revive Acai

PSReviveLabelNewFOLPeople who are run-down, tired, stressed, and burnt-out are more likely to fall ill. Stressed people’s immune cells become less sensitive to cortisol,” says Sheldon Cohen, Ph.D., a Carnegie Mellon University professor of psychology. “They’re unable to regulate the inflammatory response, and therefore, when they’re exposed to a virus, they’re more likely to develop a cold.” The research conducted by Cohen and colleagues found that when exposed to a cold virus, those who were under stress were twice as likely to develop cold symptoms than their non-stressed counterparts. But stress can be hard to avoid, particularly if you work in a demanding field (or have kids!) Perfect Revive Acai can help your body better adapt to stress with two key adaptogenic herbs: cordyceps and rhodiola rosea. Adaptogens help regulate factors like blood pressure, hormone levels, adrenal response, and other physical responses to stress, minimizing the impact all that tension has on your body and keeping the immunes system healthy. But the immune-boosting benefits of Perfect Revive don’t end there! This natural immune booster is also packed with antioxidant-rich acai and grape seed extract, lowering your risk of not only minor illnesses but also many chronic diseases. Acai berries come from the Amazonian “Tree of Life,”  and the powder made from these little berries has an ORAC value 50 times higher than that of most other foods. Leave a behind stress and illness, and welcome the improved mood, energy, endurance, and health you can experience from Perfect Revive Acai!

Natural Immune Booster #4: Wedderspoon Manuka Honey

A picture of 100% Raw Wedderspoon Manuka Honey on a background of bees in honeycomb.Here’s another great natural immune booster for warding off illness : Wedderspoon Manuka Honey. You might be thinking “Honey is an immune booster?”. Well, manuka honey is a special kind of honey only found in New Zealand that is an exceptionally good immune booster. Manuka honey is used for it’s medicinal purposes and has many health benefits, including anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antimicrobial, and anticancer properties. It is a rich source of beneficial enzymes andantioxidants. It has even been shown to combat highly resistant strains of bacteria like E. Coli, MRSA, and Staph. Researchers have yet to find a strain of bacteria that is resistant to this super antibiotic honey. Manuka honey is great for when you’re sick and for helping to prevent sickness.

Natural Immune Booster #5: Sovereign Silver Colliodal Silver

A picture of a bottle of Sovereign Silver Immune Support on a background of an atom with lots of ions.What if you could literally shield yourself from invading viruses and bacteria? Sovereign Silver Colliodal Silver can do just that. Silver has been used for centuries as an antibiotic, and silver ions are teeny tiny particles with germicidal, fungicidal, antiviral, and antiparasitic properties. If you need a tremendous immune booster, then this is it. Lab tests suggest that colloidal silver can kill over 650 disease-causing organisms. People have used colloidal silver for colds and flus, pneumonia, sinus infections, pink eye, ear infections, swimmer’s ear, strep, staph, parasitic invasions, thrush, ringworm, wounds, burns, warts, acne, and many other conditions. If you want to prevent sickness or lessen the duration of infections, then try Sovereign Silver Bio-Active Silver Hydrosol Colloidal Silver.