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What influences immunity in children?
Unfortunately, this is one of the basic mistakes.
Young parents put on a toddler more layers than a child can "bear". They think that the most important thing is to keep him warm. They are right, but only partially.
Because it is equally important that the child does not sweat. When he is too hot, he sweats and the wind does the rest and the disease is ready.
In addition, too warm dressing makes the child is not resistant to lower temperatures, to a lesser extent his body is able to defend itself against the cold by adjusting the body temperature to the prevailing conditions. Therefore, as with everything: also when dressing children should be common sense and pay attention to this:
- how do we dress ourselves,
- is the child lying down, sitting motionless (then we dress a little warmer than ourselves) or does he move, run, ride a bike (then a little lighter),
- what is the temperature felt, and not just what the thermometer indicates,
- is the wind strong and coolant
- is the sun shining and does this affect the temperature felt?
2. Administration of synthetic vitamins
Synthetic vitamins and ready-made dietary supplements created for children are convenient. There is nothing to hide the obvious fact. It is just so normal. It is easier to give a pill or syrup than to dine on how to prepare salads, vegetables, cereals, fruit so that the child eats them with pleasure for the benefit of health.
Unfortunately, however, calming your conscience by giving vitamins in syrups is really fooling yourself. Especially if the decision on supplementation is made independently, without the doctor's explicit indications and is not preceded by tests.
First of all, synthetic vitamins are not absorbed best, which is why, paradoxically, they can lead to deficiencies than make up for deficiencies, make the child's body lazy (remember that the immune system develops for quite a long time). Thirdly, this practice can be dangerous - an excess of vitamins can also be harmful (vitamins can be overdosed).
3. Eating too much sugar
How does a sugar-rich diet affect immunity?
Studies show that high sugar intake can weaken immunity by up to 50%.
Studies published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition and Dental Survey have shown that consuming 100 grams of carbohydrates such as fructose, glucose, sucrose, pasteurized orange juice inhibits the ability of white blood cells (responsible for the body's defense response) to capture and destroy harmful microorganisms and particles. The more sugar we consume, the worse our immunity.
In addition, excess sugar leads to mycosis of the digestive system, and it is in this system that good bacteria live that affect our health. High sugar intake is also associated with a shortage of many vitamins, for example B, which further weakens the immune system.