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Immune System Development

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Probiotic bacteria and prebiotic fibre to the fore

Your child's immune defense is an intricate system that includes certain cells, tissues, and organs. With about 70% residing in the intestinal tract, your immune system works like a door to protect the body from bacteria, viruses and other foreign ‘invaders’ that can cause illness.

Certain nutrients can support your child's immune system by helping maintain a healthy intestinal tract and promoting development of the cells and antibodies that fight illness. A well-balanced diet is essential for a healthy immune defense system.

Know Your Nutrients

The first step to a healthy immune system

Scientists have closely studied many nutrients that have been known to support brain and eye development. Providing a diet rich in the nutrients your child needs will help to ensure healthy growth. See how the following nutrients affect vision, cell growth, memory and more.

  • Nucleotides – Essential for normal cell function and replication
  • Prebiotics – Fructooligosaccharides (FOS) & Galacto-oligosaccharides (GOS) is food to support the growth of probiotics
  • Probiotics – Micro-organisms that improve intestinal function, maintain the integrity of the lining, help protect against diarrhoea and sustain a strong immune system
  • Zinc and Vitamin A, C and E – Help to protect cells from free radicals that may have escaped the natural processes of the child's body system

Immune-boosting tips

  • Give it a shot – Check with your child’s Healthcare Professional to make sure all vaccinations are up-to-date.
  • Nourish their diet – While missing certain vitamins and minerals may weaken immune response, diets rich in nucleotides (lean meat and mushrooms), prebiotics (nuts, beans, and whole grains), and probiotics (yoghurt) can help strengthen it.
  • Breathe easy – Avoid exposure to immune weakening cigarette smoke and toxic substances (household cleaners, fertilisers, and pesticides).
  • Get physical – Exercise isn’t just good for physical and mental development, it will get your child’s immunity in shape too.
  • De-stress – Stress affects your body’s ability to respond to infection, so create a calm environment to boost your child’s immune system and plenty of rest to help the immune system stay at its peak.