An article posted by WebMD with commentary from A. Heitlinger MD, chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics section on gastroenterology, hepatology, and nutrition, explores 5 healthy snacks and 5 healthy habits parents can begin instilling in their children.
While some suggestions such as Keifer and Green Vegetables may not be exciting treats for your little ones, fruits and lean meats can be easy adds that bring benefits like vitamin c, zinc, and protein, all which aid in preventing minor illnesses like cold and flu.
Jennifer McDaniel, MS, RD, a spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, recommends a varied diet for improvement of immunities. “Don’t get hung up on this month’s hottest superfood, like a berry or grain that supposedly works miracles, McDaniel says. It may be healthy, but it’s not going to be a cure-all. Instead, offer kids a range of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and lean proteins.”
Overall, unsurprisingly the article points out that a balanced diet is what makes the difference in health.
Original article: http://www.webmd.com/parenting/features/immune-system