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Little kids can be prone to ear aches growing up.  They are not uncommon because eustachian tubes are smaller and more level in children. Often doctors treat the infections with antibiotics but what if we could avoid giving them too many rounds of antibiotics?  Did you know that antibiotics can destroy the healthy flora and fauna of the gut.

The basis for a strong immune system is to support our children’s guts in as many healthy ways as possible.

5 ways to strengthen your child’s immune system

  • Feed kids all kinds of vegetables (especially green) from a very early age so they get used to eating them
  • Make their food with bone broth which builds good immunity
  • Focus on plenty of fresh veggies, whole fruits, nuts, seeds, legumes, eggs, and meat-organic if possible
  • Reduce or eliminate sugar. Natural sugar found in fruit is ok, but most kids are bombarded with sugar which destroys the immune system
  • Start children on a probiotic containing lactobacillus and bifido bacteria strains early on – between 5 and 20 billion colony-forming units (CFUs) per day depending on age. You can also feed them plain yogurt sweetened with fruit (not sugar) and give them fermented foods.  Believe it or not, babies like sauerkraut!

About the Author – Nina Beucler-Rebstock: As a certified health and nutrition counselor as well as certified yoga instructor Nina‘s purpose is to help people thrive in all areas of their lives. She combines her expertise in holistic nutrition with a passion for positive aging to facilitate the achievement of optimal health. Nina believes that by unlocking each person’s potential for wellness, everyone is capable of healthy, active aging.

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Hi, I’m Kelsey and I’m writing to tell you a bit about healthy homemade foods for your infant. As a former HealthStart Intern, I learned excellent tips and information on how to raise a healthy child. Many people don’t realize that healthy eating habits are forming from birth to three years old, and possibly even in the womb as new research suggests! My daughter will be six months next week and we have already incorporated some of HealthStart’s favorite foods into her daily feeding routine. At first it seemed a daunting task to make her meals, but I was surprised by how much more affordable it is, how quick and easy it is (especially when making large quantities and storing), but even more than that how much more she prefers the taste. While we have fed her some of Earth’s Best products and she enjoys them, nothing gets her quite as excited as homemade sweet potatoes. Here are some delicious and nutritious baby food recipes:

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Sweet Potatoes (Four months+)
1) Peel and chop sweet potato into one-inch cubes.
2) Boil water, add sweet potato, and cook until potato is soft (about 10 minutes).
3) Pour excess water and potatoes into blender or food processor, blend until completely smooth/free of lumps.
4) Add ½ tsp Rosemary & ½ tsp garlic powder, blend until mixed through.
5) Let cool and serve (or triple the recipe and store!)

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Avocado (Four months+)
1) Peel avocado and remove seed. 2) Add ¼ tsp lemon zest* & ½ tsp ginger. 3) Blend until completely smooth/free of lumps. 4) Serve or store. *Note citrus juices can be an irritant for babies under 1 and are not recommended for consumption, however the lemon zest generally does not produce the same effect as a juice.

 

Screen Shot 2014-07-29 at 5.30.09 PM Chickpea Curry (Nine months+)
1) Boil water, add chickpeas, and cook until chickpeas are soft.
2) Pour chickpeas into blender or food processor and blend to your babies preference (large lumps would not be great, but it does not need to be as smooth as their first foods).
3) Add ½ tsp cumin & ½ tsp paprika, blend until mixed through.
4) Let cool and serve or store.

 Remember: Always consult with your babies pediatrician before introducing a new food, and take your individual child into consideration (i.e.: babies with eczema are sometimes more sensitive to certain foods).

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