October 23, 2019 5 min read
By: Hillary Bennetts
Temperatures are dropping and the leaves are changing. It’s the season for sweaters and scarves, and unfortunately, germs. While exposure is inevitable, there are certain things you can do to help your little one have a better chance at fending off all of those unpleasant bugs.
Before we get into it, it’s helpful to have a general understanding of how the immune system works. Our immune systems have two types of defense mechanisms: innate and adaptive.
Within these defense mechanisms are three lines of defense. The first and second lines of defense are innate and the third line is adaptive.
So now that we have some context we can better grasp how to help support the immune system with the following tips. Of course, be sure to check with your doctor on dosing and supplements for your little one.
Ultimately, illness will happen and it is no fun to see your little one sick. Take the steps you can to help prevent sickness and minimize duration and discomfort, and give your bodies a good start by eating well and getting good sleep.
Hillary Bennetts is the founder and owner of Purposeful Plate Nutrition. A member of the National Association of Nutrition Professionals, she provides nutrition consulting services to individuals and businesses. Hillary holds a BA in Economics from Washington and Jefferson College, an MBA from Emory University, and an NC from Bauman College. A marathoner, mountain climber, and mama, she lives in Colorado with her husband, son, and golden retriever.
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