The gut plays a central role when it comes to an immune system working at peak performance. This is because 80 percent of the immune system resides within the gut wall. Also living deep within the gut, along side the immune system, is a collection of different types of bacteria, collectively called the gut microbiome. These play a very important role in your child's health and are a key component to a robust immune system. Good Bacteria - The Back Bone of A Healthy Immune System Bacteria is mostly associated with germs, however, they are extremely important for immune...

The food your child eats plays a key role in keeping their brain healthy and working in peak condition. This helps to improve their mental development including memory, focus and concentration. Optimal brain function also helps your child in the happiness department too, lowering their risk of depression, anxiety, behavioural problems. You can help support your child's brain health and boost their alertness, memory and mood by including these foods in their diet. Eggs Eggs have had a bad rap for many years but thankfully they are making a come-back, as befits their function as a nutritional powerhouse.  Eggs are a good...

Lentils are often overlooked, even though they're an inexpensive way of getting a wide range of nutrients into your child's diet. They are packed with B vitamins, magnesium, zinc and potassium. Lentils are also high in fibre to support gut health by promoting the growth of friendly bacteria. They are also high in protein making them an excellent alternative to meat.  INGREDIENTS 250gm dried yellow or red lentils1 litre vegetable stock or bone broth for additional goodness400ml can coconut milk1 1/2 tablespoons curry powder or paste (or to taste)**1 lemon, zest and juice METHOD 🥥Add the lentils, stock and curry powder to a large pot...

Try this super healthy delicious recipes - your kids will love it! INGREDIENTS 1/2 cup popping corn1/2 cup crunchy peanut butter1/4 cup maple syrup or honey1 tablespoon olive oil1/4 teaspoon sea salt METHOD ✅Preheat oven to 180 degrees celius and line baking try with baking paper. ✅Heat a oil in medium sized saucepan, add the popcorn and cover the saucepan for a few minutes giving the saucepan a shake around to prevent the corn from burning until you hear the corn begin to pop.   ✅Add the peanut butter, maple syrup and sea salt to a bowl, mixing until well combined.  ✅Once the corn has all popped...

There are many different immune-boosting vitamin, mineral and herbal remedies available.  The nutrients listed below play a key role to assist your child’s recovery from infection, or will help to support their immunity to stop them getting sick in the first place.  Next time your child feels unwell, this is our list of recommended supplements to have on hand and ready to use in your natural medicine toolkit. Natural Medicine to the Rescue Zinc When your child has a zinc deficiency the immune system cannot work at its optimal best, making it difficult to fight off common bacterial and viral infections.   Children with low levels of...

You may have heard the terms probiotic and prebiotic, a dynamic duo critically important when it comes to caring for your child’s friendly bacteria living deep inside their gut. These friendly bacteria are the bed-rock for a robust immune system and optimal brain functions. Probiotic Probiotics are the actual live friendly bacteria organisms that reside inside the gut wall.  Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium are the most common groups and these comprise of different species and each species has many strains.  Probiotics are also found naturally in fermented foods such as fermented vegetables, yoghurt with live cultures, apple cider vinegar, kombucha, miso and kefir. They are...

If you want to boost your child's immune system to help their body fight off illnesses. Follow these lifestyle and dietary changes to strengthen their immunity naturally. Plenty of sleep Not getting enough sleep is linked to a higher susceptibility of catching bacterial and viral infections. Adequate rest helps to strengthen the immune system naturally and if your child is sick they may need extra. If your child is having trouble sleeping ensure they have a regular nighttime routine such as warm bath, reading a book and are away from screens for 2 hours before bedtime. Eat more...

If you love the feeling of soft clothes and cuddly towels, using fabric softeners in your wash is one way to get your laundry fluffy and fragrant. Fabric softeners are traditionally applied to laundry during the rinse cycle and are designed to stay on your clothing, towels and sheets. This helps to explain why towels are less-absorbent, it's because of the chemical residue. When these fabrics come into contact with your child's skin, the chemicals are slowly absorbed into the layers of the skin where they not only can cause skin irritation but also enter Into the...

Gut healing bone broth is to enjoy from the age of 6+ months. It's super easy to make by simmering the bones and connective tissue of animals. This highly nutritious stock is commonly used in soups, sauces and gravies, but can also be added to veggie purees, smoothies, popsicles, scrambled eggs, or add a sneaky mouth full to their bottle. Bone broth can be made from all sorts of animal bones including pork, beef, lamb, chicken or fish. How to Store bone Broth Prepare bone broth regularly and always have it on hand in the...

The more often your child takes a course of antibiotics the more often they are likely to get sick, even one prescription can weakened the immune system.  Gut health and immunity are intimately interlinked. One of the main reasons for this connection is the friendly bacteria living deep within the gut. The bacteria and the immune system work together to fight infections and stop the merry-go-round of recurring infections. Antibiotics kill all bacteria - good and bad, and re-seeding your child's gut with friendly bacteria will help to restore the numbers of microbes to strengthen their immune system. Read our previous...

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