Minneapolis, MN, February 27, 2013 --(PR.com
)-- It’s that time of year again when everyone is getting sick. Tutor Doctor of Minneapolis is working with tutors and parents on how to keep your children from getting sick and missing school. "Last year I got a lot of calls from parents not able to keep with the tutoring appointment for their student," said Nancy owner of Tutor Doctor. Flu outbreaks in schools are common as students gather in close proximity. Of course parents can teach their students to wash their hands regularly and to shield their mouths when coughing and sneezing, but this may not be enough to protect them from seasonal flu. Another way to prevent them from getting sick is to bolster their immune systems.
Tutor Doctor’s tutors are reminding parents with other ways to fight the flu. A common theme is to make certain children take a regular vitamin supplement and they also eat lots of the immune system-friendly foods.
Probiotics reinforce the strength of intestinal walls and boost immune systems. They are good bacteria that aid in digestion and with the absorption of nutrients in the body. Probiotics are available in fermented foods like natural yogurts and probiotic drinks as well as supplements.
Ginger has anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties and also helps to settle upset stomachs and prevent nausea. Further, ginger has the same pain-relieving properties as over-the-counter pain medications. Add ginger to fruit salads, soups and stir-fries or slice it thinly and steep in warm water to make a tea. Add honey for added anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties.
Nancy can personally attest to the efficacies of this soup especially when cooked by mom! Studies have shown that chicken soup has other benefits beyond rehydration and nutrition. Not only does chicken soup have mild anti-inflammatory properties, it is also thought to improve the ability of cilia, the tiny hair-like parts of the nasal passages, to protect the body from bacteria and viruses. Add garlic to your chicken soup to improve its healing powers as garlic stimulates your immune system and has anti-microbial properties.
Leafy Dark Green Vegetables
Spinach, kale, collards, Swiss chard and other leafy greens are excellent flu-preventers. They are packed with vitamins A, C, D, K, B1, B2, B6, and minerals such as zinc, iron, selenium, magnesium and copper.
These tasty tubers are packed with beta carotene which can also be found in carrots. When absorbed into the body, beta carotene is converted to vitamin A which helps neutralize toxins and combat respiratory infections. Sweet potatoes also combat free-radicals and this helps to boost the immune system.
Enjoy an orange or a grapefruit, or sip juice if you are not up for eating. The vitamin C in citrus fruit helps boost the immune system and cell integrity. To improve your immune system, avoid sugary or processed foods and always include seven fruits and vegetables in your daily diet. Drink fruit juices and green tea to boost your system and combat free radicals.