7 Foods to Boost Immunity in Kids

The best gift you can ever give to your child is a healthy body and strong immunity to fight infections. Immunity plays a major role and it can be achieved by feeding some foods for immunity boost.

For the world, 2020 was all about immunity. We had never dreamt about going through such trying medical and emotional conditions. It taught us that in some situations science and medicine fail to help us as spontaneously as our own immunity can. Now the question arises: How to increase immunity in children?

How to boost immunity?

Immunity boosting is a comprehensive process which starts right from the early age. As babies grow and start preschool, they are more likely to be attacked by viruses and bacteria causing cold, cough and other infections. Building immunity becomes key at this early stage.

The food we eat plays a key role in determining the overall health and immunity. It gives the body a condition of being able to resist a particular disease.

Foods to boost immunity
Giloy:

It is a shrub and an essential herb in ayurvedic medicines. Giloy is used to treat a wide range of health conditions. It contains important plant compounds like terpenoids, alkaloids, lignans, and steroids. Research shows that these compounds have antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and antidiabetic properties, among other benefits which help to boost immunity.

Tulsi:

Tulsi leaves have been scientifically proven to have medicinal properties. It also has antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal effects, rich in vitamin c and zinc and thus keeps the infection at a bay and naturally boosts the immunity.

Amla:

Amla is a storehouse of antioxidants. It is one of the richest sources of vitamin C, which is known to boost immunity. It has antibacterial and astringent properties that boosts immunity.

Ashwagandha:

As an anti-oxidant, boosting immunity is one of the most popular benefits of Ashwagandha for kids. The root activates and increases the levels of enzymes and macrophages, a type of white blood cell that kills bad viruses and bacterias. It also promotes the development of antibodies, which is a major factor in improving the body’s response to a health-threatening infection.

TURMERIC:

A compound found in turmeric, Curcumin, offers therapeutic relief and is a perfect immunity booster for kids. It has a a very high antioxidant value to protect body from invading infections. It is also rich in vitamin A, Thiamine (B1), Riboflavin (B2) and vitamin C.

Nuts:

The vitamin E found in nuts like almonds, cashews, peanuts and hazelnut help the immune system to fight against invading bacteria. They are a great source of antioxidants that keep the body healthy and disease free by neutralizing free radicals and reducing inflammation.

Seeds:

Seeds are an incredible source of nutrients. Sunflower seeds are rich in magnesium, vitamin E, antioxidants and good fats. Together they help to boost immunity. Pumpkin seeds are rich in Vitamin E which is necessary for immunity building and also packed with other bone-building nutrients like potassium, magnesium and vitamin K. Melon seeds are a good source of zinc. It helps to boost our immunity, helps in digestion, cell growth, and keeps your nervous system healthy.

Antioxidants:

Cocoa contains flavonoid, a naturally occurring compound found in plants which act as antioxidant and help in counteracting free radicals in the body. Also rich in zinc, iron, copper, and vitamins like A, B12 and K. Vitamin E is a potent antioxidant and has an ability to modulate host immune functions. Vitamin E is key for strong immunity and healthy skin and eyes. In recent years, vitamin E supplements have become popular as antioxidants.

Foods to avoid

Refined sugar: Sugar causes inflammation in the body which results in weaker immunity. Sugar damages the protein in our body, resulting in ageing of organs, which further compromises immunity, growth and functioning. Greatest source of sugar in the average kid’s diet are sugary snacks and beverages like cookies, cakes, candies, fruit juice, soda, and sports drinks. Everything that the child picks up to eat today has strains of added sugar in some form or the other.

Preservatives: most of the packaged food companies are adding artificial preservatives to delay spoilage and contamination in foods.  artificial preservatives such as nitrates, benzoates, sulfites, sorbates, parabens, formaldehyde, BHT, BHA and several others can cause serious health hazards such as hypersensitivity, allergy, asthma, hyperactivity, neurological damage.

Refined oil: The high temperature involved in the refining process removes all the natural and beneficial substances from the oil, which is not good for the digestive as well as respiratory health and ultimately affects your immunity.

How to feed all these foods to kids?

Now the question arises how to include all these bitter Ayurvedic herbs, nuts, seeds and antioxidants in your child’s diet?

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  • Fiber: supports digestion
  • Vitamin A, E: protects eyes and builds immunity
  • Vitamin B: supports energy formation in the body
  • Selenium, Vitamin C and Zinc: builds immunity
  • Iron and Copper: provides energy and supports brain development
  • Calcium, Phosphorus, Magnesium, Manganese, Vitamin K: supports bone development

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Black Halwa made with Carrot

Recipe of Black HALWA made with carrot, herbs and nuts

Kids love to eat halwa. Preparing a black halwa made with carrot helps to add nutrition to their favorite foods in a convenient way. Kid’s Nutrition is very important nowadays and preparing healthy food recipes for a child is not an easy task. Iyurved is happy to share lots of children’s food recipe ideas which are not only innovative but also very tasty. The recipes shared here are Kids approved!

Let’s try to make every healthy food recipe for a child more tasty and nutritious with (hidden) veggies, herbs and nuts. Try this recipe of black halwa made with carrot for babies, toddlers and kids.

Black carrot is rich in Anthocyanin (a powerful antioxidant) which helps fight many diseases and aids towards cell regeneration in the body. They have long been used to fight viral infection and high blood pressure.

Halwa made with black carrot
Ingredients
  • 6 Black carrots
  • 4 tbsp Iyurved’s 7 nuts and 5 herbs spread (order here)
  • Jaggery (as per sweetness)
  • 1 tsp Cardamom powder freshly grounded
  • Few chopped almond (optional)
  • 300ml Milk or nut milk
  • 4 tbsp ghee
  • 6 Dates
  • Few saffron threads
Procedure

Grate carrot. Put it in the cooking pan with thick base. Add Nut Milk/ milk to cover the carrot mixture. Add Iyurved’s 7 nuts and 5 herbs spread (order here), ghee to the mixture and put it on low flame. Soak dates in little milk for 5 min and puree it. Add it to the carrot mixture. Add saffron threads. Let the mixture boil and reduce to a thick paste. Add jaggery as per desired sweetness level. Add cardamom powder. Continue to cook the mixture on low flame, stirring frequently since the mixture might stick to the bottom now. Once the moisture has evaporated and the mixture has become solid, switch off the gas and serve (hot or cold) garnished with sliced almonds and little cardamom powder.


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How to increase child’s immunity?: Foods for Immunity Booster

The best gift you can ever gift to your child is a healthy body and strong immunity to fight infections. Life is more difficult now days. Ill health is the biggest hurdle in a child’s life journey. From food, climate, eating habits, and lifestyle, to almost everything is constantly changing (not all for good as at seems).  In this evolving scenario, immunity plays a major role and it can be achieved by feeding some foods for immunity booster.

Immune system

Immune system is a complex network of cells, tissues and organs that not only protects your body from harmful disease-causing viruses and bacteria but also aids in tissue repair and wound healing. In the context of corona pandemic, we can only rely on our immunity to safeguard us from the nerve-wrecking battlefield. While, to some extent, our immune system depends on genetics and it is also majorly influenced by our everyday choices- food and lifestyle.

How to increases child’s immunity? Immunity boosting is a comprehensive process which starts right from the early age. As babies grow and start preschool, they are more likely to be attacked by viruses and bacteria causing cold cough and other infections. Building immunity becomes key at this early stage.

Tips to Strengthen Immunity
  • Breastfeed your baby (studies suggest that it is a natural immune booster for kids)
  • Follow kid’s vaccination schedule
  • Encourage kids to eat nutritious and healthy diet
  • Proper rest and sleep (studies indicate that sleep and immunity are positively related)
  • Develop hygienic habits (washing hands)
  • Access to fresh air and sunlight (outdoor activities and vitamin D both help build immunity)
  • Avoid Antibiotics (unless necessary because they reduce good bacteria in the body which build immunity)

There are certain nutrients required for the growth and functions of immune cells such as Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Zinc, Selenium, Iron and Protein. Focusing on nutrient rich food and a well-balanced diet is the best way to boost your kid’s immunity. Below are some best foods for immunity booster

Foods for immunity booster
Vegetables:

Study shows that vegetables provide nutrients like beta- carotene (Vitamin A), Vitamin C and Vitamin E that can act as a natural immune booster for kids. Many vegetables are also rich in other antioxidants that help reduce free radicals in the body (what are free radicals?). Vegetables are often good source of prebiotic fiber that supports a healthy gut and immune system by becoming the food of the good bacteria living in the gut. Encouraging your child to eat variety of vegetables in all colors like Broccoli, Spinach, bell paper, tomato, carrot, and beet root in a day will take care of multiple vitamins and minerals required to keep the immunity high. (How to give complete nutrition for kids?)

Citrus fruits:

Citrus fruits are considered as one of the best foods for immunity booster for children. Vitamin C is a key ingredient in all the citrus fruits. Vitamin C helps building up your immune system by increasing the production of white blood cells, which fights infections. Fruits like orange, guava, grape fruit, lemon and kiwi are high in Vitamin C.(Best fruits for kids and teens?)

Ginger:

Known for its amazing medicinal properties, ginger has been used as an active ingredient in many Ayurvedic medicines. Loaded with Vitamin B6 and magnesium, ginger also has gingerol (photochemical compound in ginger that activates spice receptors on the tongue) which helps in enhancing immunity. It also has anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory property, which helps in fighting infections. (Home remedy to treat cold in kids that actually works?)

Nuts:

The vitamin E found in nuts like pistachio, almonds, cashews, walnuts and others help immune system to fight against invading bacteria. They are a great source of antioxidants that keep body healthy and disease free by neutralizing free radicals and reduce inflammation. Study shows that some roasted nuts appear to have an increased antioxidant level as compared with raw one. (What are some high protein nuts and seeds?)

Cinnamon:

This aromatic spice is the richest source of antioxidants among all the spices that give a boost to immune system. Loaded with antiviral, antifungal and antibacterial properties which fight against viruses causing infections like cold and flu., Cinnamon is one of the best foods for immunity booster.

Moringa:

Moringa is a magical tree with lots of health benefits attached. Every part of this tree such as roots, barks, fruits, flowers and leaves are rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. The leaves are good source of vitamin A, B, C minerals like calcium and Iron, which makes it a natural immune booster for kids. Apart from immunity it also helps in bones development, fight iron deficiency and aids in muscle building. (What’s an easy food for fixing healthy eyesight?)

Seeds:

Seeds are incredible source of nutrients. Subja seeds are rich in omega3 (alpha- linolenic acid) and also packed with flavonoids both of which help to keep the immune system strong. Sunflower seeds are rich in magnesium, vitamin E, antioxidants and good fats. Together they help to boost immunity. Sesame seeds is rich in zinc which aids in healthy immunity by protecting the body cells from invading bacteria and viruses. Pumpkin seeds are rich in Vitamin E which is necessary for immunity building and also packed with other bone-building nutrients like potassium, magnesium and vitamin K. (What are some seeds good for brain?)

Curcumin:

A compound found in turmeric, offers therapeutic relief. Turmeric is also rich in vitamin A, Thiamine(B1), Riboflavin (B2) and vitamin C and works as a perfect immunity booster food for kids as well as adults. It is a rich antioxidant which supports against body cell damage. It has been found to delay or reverse diseases or age related decrease in body functions. Read more about the scientific study on immunity here.

Check this Haldi (curcumin) kadha recipe:
Haldi Kadha
Foods for immunity booster
Ashwagandha & Brahmi

It improves the body’s defense against disease by improving the body cell immunity. It also possesses antioxidant properties that help protect against cellular damage caused by free radicals. Bacosides, the active ingredient in Brahmi can neutralise free radicals and prevent fat molecules from reacting with the free radicals, thereby maintaining high immunity in the body. Read more about the scientific study on immunity here.

Licorice:

It contains more than 20 triterpenoids and nearly 300 flavonoids and hence works as a great anti-bacterial remedy. It is a common herb which has been used in traditional Indian and Chinese medicine for centuries. Read more about its immunity benefits here.

Check the method of using Immunity powder here


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We know that preparing and feeding healthy foods everyday is a huge task. Even more tough when kids are picky eaters. Kids prefer certain foods and formats. It is not easy to feed kids bitter Ayurvedic herbs, variety of vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds everyday.
Mixed with Ayurvedic herbs, this unique product is an easy solution to feed daily nutrition for Immunity, Brain development, Bone strength and overall-growth to kids without any fuss.

Let’s try to make every food a child wants to eat more tasty and nutritious with (hidden) veggies, herbs and nuts.


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Best food for Immunity Booster of Kids

As if the flu season was not enough to worry about, this coronavirus is threatening our heads. In the present scenario it has become important to take care of our health, as well as the health of our family members. We have to put extra efforts with children, as most of them are picky eaters and it is also difficult for them to follow health advisories that have been issued. So, it has become necessary to take care of their health and to feed them best food for immunity booster through a proper balanced diet.

To keep kids healthy, powerful antioxidants like Vitamin A, C, E are needed. Having nuts and seeds daily, eating immunity food for kids like green leafy vegetables, and staying hydrated are some of the preventive measures.

best FOOD FOR immunity booster  
Vegetables:
  • Colorful veggies like carrots, tomatoes, beetroot, broccoli, peas have to be introduced to brighten up your child’s meal. These veggies are a great source of vitamin A, C, E, fiber and antioxidants (why are they important?) that help your child fight infections and are the best immunity food for kids.
Probiotics:
  • They are live bacteria that help in digestion and build immunity. Also called good bacteria, they help to keep the gut of a child healthy. Healthy digestive system is vital for childhood immunity and eventually complete body development. Kefir is one of the best food for immunity booster. It’s a healthy probiotic, similar to drinkable yogurt, that can boost the immune system of a child. Being rich in calcium also improves bone health (what does sugar do to our bones?).
Root vegetables:
  •  Turnips, potatoes, carrots, beetroots and sweet potatoes are some of their examples. Root vegetables absorb lots of nutrients from the soil like phosphorus, sulfur, magnesium (how does this mineral help with stress?), calcium along with being rich in fibre, vitamins, and antioxidants that together protect against diseases and illness and make them best immunity food for kids.
Honey:
  • Honey is the food to increase immunity in child naturally. It has been used as a medicine for thousands for years. Some studies support this claim that Manuka honey has antibacterial potential.  It is further researched that the concentration of honey and the bacteria it possesses ultimately impacts the anti-bacterial claim it can make. Nevertheless, frequent runny nose, cold, cough and wheezing can compromise the growth and learning of a child. 2 teaspoon of honey, therefore, may safely relieve coughing and make the child sleep calmly (what else helps in sleep?). Honey is also a good replacement to refined sugars for dessert or drinks.
Legume:
  • It is a type of dry fruit usually produced by plants. An important nutritional aspect of legume foods is that they are rich in protein, because plants are generally well nourished with nitrogen, which is essential for making protein in the body. Beans, peas and peanuts are legumes that we use commonly. Soybeans are exceptionally nutritious (like tofu, soy milk). Legumes contain antioxidants that help prevent damage of cells and fight illness. The fibre and other nutrients benefit the digestive system by supporting a stronger gut and hence proved to be an immunity food for kids. (what else helps in digestion?).
Fats:
  • They not only supply energy to kids, but also help other fat soluble nutrients like Vitamin A, D, E to do their job properly. They have antioxidant properties which help to fight infections and keep immunity high. For toddlers and young children, giving nut butter is also a source of good fats (Recipe: easy peanut butter balls)
Sprouts:
  • Some research indicates that sprouting increases the level of antioxidants and vitamin C in the legume. Consuming this boosts the immune system of the child. Once soaked, a seed gears up all the necessary superpowers (nutrients) to germinate and grow into a plant. Some studies suggest that sprouting also helps increase protein content of seeds which is also easily digestible. The nutrition in sprouts is also 30 times higher than the cooked food, which makes it an essential immunity food for kids. (How does soaking food help?)
Turmeric:
  • There is a enough scientific evidence that curcumin compound of turmeric aids in boosting immunity. They also prevents body from any pain, swelling, fever due to its anti-inflammatory property. Medicines derived from this plant have played an important role over years and the plant has been traditionally used for medical purposes over the last 4000 years for both preventing and healing purposes. As temperature changes from cold to warm, intake of turmeric can help keep the kids safe from common cold or flu. Mixing roasted powder with milk or honey to make a syrup can do the trick. Turmeric is one of the best food for immunity booster.
Vitamin D:
  • Every single cell in the body requires this Vitamin. There is tons of scientific research backing up that a deficiency in vitamin D increases chances of infections and it is an important ingredient in immunity food for kids. Our body can also produce this vitamin through exposure to sunlight (cholesterol produces vitamin D). However, deficiency of Vitamin D is extremely common in kids and results in weaker body, including reduced immunity. Food products including ghee, cheese, milk and yogurt are considered to be the most important sources for vegetarians. If the child is allergic to these, then food fortified with vitamin D e.g. cereals, milk etc should be preferred (Do healthy kids need supplements?)
Product

We are happy to introduce our range of nutritious & tasty products for kids!!

We know that preparing and feeding healthy foods everyday is a huge task. Even more tough when kids are picky eaters. Kids prefer certain foods and formats. It is not easy to feed kids bitter Ayurvedic herbs, variety of vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds everyday.
Mixed with Ayurvedic herbs, this unique product is an easy solution to feed daily nutrition for Immunity, Brain development, Bone strength and overall-growth to kids without any fuss.

Let’s try to make every food a child wants to eat more tasty and nutritious with (hidden) veggies, herbs and nuts.


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