The insignificant changes in weather put our children at a high probability to fall sick, especially because of their weak immune system.
But guess what, it can be avoided, with simple home-made ingredients combined with a few changes in your little one’s lifestyle.
As a parent, there’s nothing more important to us that our children’s well-being. So, here’s a quick starter pack to protect your child from the changing weather conditions:
Eating Tulsi empty stomach
Almost every Indian household has a Tulsi plant in a pot. However, everyone isn’t aware of the fact that it is not only divine but is also blessed with some extraordinary healing capabilities.
It is immune-modulatory, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, anti-allergic, and anti-inflammatory. Long story short, it gives a boost to your immunity system and helps you fight against various allergies and bacteria.
Tulsi plant uses are miraculous. Ask your child to consume about three to four Tulsi leaves every morning empty stomach. Make it a point that he chews the leaves, otherwise it will not only reduce the impact but can also block the esophageal track of the children.
Citrus fruits for Vitamin C
The idea behind adding citrus fruits in their diet is, to add vitamin C in their diet, which is an essential nutrient to boost immunity and is found in abundance in citrus fruits.
Oranges and lemons are good sources of vitamin C and can help your little one fight the usual probability of cold and flu.
You can make orange juice for your children every afternoon or even lemon water, which is also called nimbu paani in Indian households.
It will not only prove to be a major boost for their immune system but they will also relish the taste of freshness. You can also consider lemon or orange yogurt.
A bowl of hot soup
In windy winter evenings, all of us relish a bowl of hot soup. It not only tastes delicious but is full of nutrients and vitamins.
Apart from keeping you warm, its fluids will reduce inflammation and help fight various infections.
Thus, add a hot bowl of chicken or tomato soup (for vegetarians) in your daily routine. My recommendation is to consume soups atleast an hour before dinner because when combined with dinner, children wouldn’t eat the food in the regular capacity.
Mix ginger juice and honey
If you are looking for an elixir against common cold and flu, this is it! Blessed with antibacterial and antiviral properties, ginger is a must during changing weather conditions.
On the other hand, honey coats the sore throat giving it a soothing feeling.
Mix them in a glass and give it your littlies during bedtime, because ginger works best in dark hours. If your child resists the taste of ginger, there are various recipes that will make it even more delicious for your children.
For instance, a ginger ale which is made using lemon, honey, and ginger, of course, is most kid’s favorite.
Make use of Turmeric
Now, it is well-known that turmeric is magical in terms of medicinal properties as it has strong anti-inflammatory components that ultimately improve immunity power of our system, significantly.
Thus, why not utilize this wonder ingredient so commonly found in your kitchen? Of course, you cannot feed this to them directly or in a powder form, so make it a point to add it in all dals and curds. Also, if your ward doesn’t resist, you can also mix it with milk.
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Don’t forget milk and yogurt
Milk is known to enable children with strong bones and muscles. It is extremely rich in calcium, protein and vitamin A, which in turn also develops the immunity system of our bodies.
Plus, yogurt has helpful bacteria, that prevents the multiplication of harmful virus and fights stomach issues.
However, most often children become really fussy when you ask them to drink milk. So, what you can do is give them milkshakes and flavored yogurts to avoid the usual taste of milk and still retain its benefits.
However, avoid adding lots of sugar by adding natural sweeteners in form fruits, making it even healthier.
That’s it, these easily-found ingredients which are mostly present in our kitchen or daily grocery list can help you fight against weather changes, and protect your child, keeping them healthy.