Winter is a joyous time filled with family traditions, time off from school, and warm sweaters. However, winter is also the season for colds, cases of flu, and other respiratory illnesses. Keep yourself and your children healthy and happy this winter with a few simple actions.
Supercharge Your Diet
There are many natural foods on the market that can strengthen your immune system and prepare your body to defend itself from unwanted bacteria. Each of these foods does different things to protect your body, so try to incorporate as many as possible into your diet.
Green Tea. A hot cup of tea does more than warm you up in the cold winter months! Green tea contains a flavonoid called epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), which acts as an indirect antioxidant and interferes with disease-causing bacteria.
Honey. People have used honey for hundreds of years for its antibacterial and antimicrobial properties. Manuka honey, in particular, decreases the number of the bacteria that cause strep throat. Add some honey to your cup of green tea to sweeten the deal!
Greek Yogurt. Greek yogurt with live cultures contains probiotics that boost your immune system. According to a study published in 2001, children who consumed foods containing the Lactobacillus probiotic (which is present in greek yogurt) were less likely to develop a respiratory infection or have less severe symptoms than children who did not consume any Lactobacillus.
Wash Your Digits
Washing your hands before eating or touching your face can help prevent the spread of bacteria. Learn the proper way to wash your hands, and teach your child to do a thorough job every time they head to the sink. There are bacteria on everything you touch, so washing frequently is a necessity.