5 tips to improve your kids’ health (and your bank balance)

5 Ways to Improve the Health of your Kids


    No parent enjoys seeing their child ill. Unfortunately, however, the combination of an immune system that’s still in development and their delightful propensity to wipe snot on cuffs and forget to wash hands can lead to a variety of coughs, colds, upset tummies and viruses in the littlest members of the family.

    Whilst coming down with the latest viral illness to sweep the classroom is sometimes unavoidable, there are some steps parents can take to make sure their little cherubs stay fighting fit.

     

    1. Running free

    Instead of splurging on expensive trips to the cinema or yet another new game for the Xbox, encourage your children to get active. A game of football in the garden, a bicycle ride in your local park or a race along the beach; all are fun, free and have all sorts of advantages for children. Not least, regular physical activity has been shown to increase the number of natural killer cells, which will help your little ones ward off those nasty germs.

     

    2. Go with the H2O flow

    Ditch the expensive sugary cartons of juice and stick with water. Why not let your kids choose a funky bottle (you’ll find cheap and cheerful water bottles for sale in most supermarkets) and fill it with water for them to take to school or on trips out? You’ll not only be helping to protect your child from Type 2 Diabetes and keep the dentist’s drill at bay, you’ll also save a fortune.

     

    3. Ditch the cigarettes

    If you are a smoker, having your first child is the ideal opportunity to call it quits. Never mind the consequences for your own health, second hand smoke has been shown to be extremely detrimental to children’s health. By quitting your whole family will be healthier and you’ll have more cash in your pocket. Talk to your GP about the many free resources that are available to help you give up smoking.

     

    4. Encourage them to grow!

    Why not encourage your children to grow their own vegetables. If you have limited space, vegetables such as lettuce, beetroot and shallots require very little room to grow; as well, there are all sorts of tools out there to help you make the most of your space, such as vertical planters. Getting to grips with soil and dirt has been shown to boost kids’ immunity and you’ll save cash by not having to buy those healthy vegetables!

     

    5. Soak up some sunlight

    Exposure to sunlight is one of the main sources of Vitamin D, a nutrient that is essential for a healthy mind and immune system. Heading outside is free and kids only need between 10 and 20 minutes of sunshine per day to get their recommended daily allowance of Vitamin D. Instead of heading out to a restaurant for lunch, why not put a picnic blanket in the garden and dine al fresco – the kids will love it!

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    Jayleon Cruz

    Who doesn't enjoy saving money? Jayleon enjoys it probably more than most people, and shares his trials & tribulations to anyone who will read them.

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