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Immunity

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Immunity

  1. 1. © 2006 Peter Pan PotentialAll rights reserved.Boostingyour child’sImmunity
  2. 2. © 2006 Peter Pan PotentialAll rights reserved.From Halloween until Christmas your child’s immunesystem is being bombarded with poor nutritionalchoices, increased sugar intake and decreased sleep.
  3. 3. © 2006 Peter Pan PotentialAll rights reserved.Each of these outside factors conspires together to robyour child’s body of its innate ability to heal itself.
  4. 4. © 2006 Peter Pan PotentialAll rights reserved.The type and quantity offood your child consumesis very important for theiroverall health.There are several vitaminsand minerals that are afundamental part of astrong immunity.The Diet Factor
  5. 5. © 2006 Peter Pan PotentialAll rights reserved.Vitamins A, C, E, Seleniumand Beta-Carotene areantioxidants, which arepart of our body’s naturaldefense mechanism, andare consumed in fruitsand vegetables.The Diet Factor
  6. 6. © 2006 Peter Pan PotentialAll rights reserved.The mineral Zinc isimportant because of therole it plays in increasingyour child’s resistance toinfection and is found inred meats, eggs andmost dairy products.The Diet Factor
  7. 7. © 2006 Peter Pan PotentialAll rights reserved.Magnesium is anotherimportant mineralessential for boostingyour child’s immunesystem and is available inlegumes and milk.The Diet Factor
  8. 8. © 2006 Peter Pan PotentialAll rights reserved.This is the most crucial time of theyear to consider this important partof your child’s diet:The Sugar Factor© 2006 Peter Pan PotentialAll rights reserved.• Sugar consumption has increased30% in the last ten years.• Most children are consuming 50% oftheir calories from processed sugar.
  9. 9. © 2006 Peter Pan PotentialAll rights reserved.The Sugar FactorSugar contains absolutely nonutrients and studies haveproven that excessive sugarintake can deplete your bodyof several vitamins andminerals.
  10. 10. © 2006 Peter Pan PotentialAll rights reserved.The Sugar FactorA high intake of processedsugar adversely affects theimmune system since itimpairs the ability of whiteblood cells to sweep up andkill bacteria.
  11. 11. © 2006 Peter Pan PotentialAll rights reserved.The Sugar FactorIt also robs the body of keynutrients such as zinc, whichwe know is an important partof your child’s natural abilityto fight off infections.
  12. 12. © 2006 Peter Pan PotentialAll rights reserved.The Sugar FactorWith the holidays and theincreased intake of sweetsthat goes with this time ofyear, your child’s immunesystem is under attack.
  13. 13. © 2006 Peter Pan PotentialAll rights reserved.Having long been considereda restorative process that is afundamental part of a healthybody, recent clinical studieshave found that sleep is alsoa crucial part of a properlyfunctioning immune system.The Sleep Factor© 2006 Peter Pan PotentialAll rights reserved.
  14. 14. © 2006 Peter Pan PotentialAll rights reserved.Did you know that a sleep-deprived individual’s immunesystem includes patterns ofalteration similar to thosefound in depressed andalcoholic patients?The Sleep Factor© 2006 Peter Pan PotentialAll rights reserved.
  15. 15. © 2006 Peter Pan PotentialAll rights reserved.Yes, a lack of proper restcan potentially cause a child’simmune system to suffer thesame changes as thosecaused by depression andalcoholism.The Sleep Factor© 2006 Peter Pan PotentialAll rights reserved.
  16. 16. © 2006 Peter Pan PotentialAll rights reserved.It may be that your child justwon’t sleep this long, but,while this chart is certainlynot a requirement, it is mostdefinitely a healthy guideline.The Sleep Factor© 2006 Peter Pan PotentialAll rights reserved.Age Total HoursSleepNaps inHours6 Months 14-15 3-41-2 Years 13-14 1-33 Years 12-13 14 Years 11-12 no longernaps5-9 Years 10-11 no longernaps10-15Years9-10 no longernaps16+ Years approx. 8hoursno longernaps
  17. 17. © 2006 Peter Pan PotentialAll rights reserved.The most important thing toremember is that good rest isa prerequisite for a healthyimmune system, so begin toestablish a simple routineSunday through Thursdaythat encourages your child toget their much-needed sleep.The Sleep Factor© 2006 Peter Pan PotentialAll rights reserved.
  18. 18. © 2006 Peter Pan PotentialAll rights reserved.• No TV, VCR, DVD, computer orvideo games in the child’s room• No homework right before bed• No over-stimulation the hour beforebedtime, avoid TV, computer games:instead play soothing music or have“Story Time” with the little onesSuggested Sleep-Time Routines
  19. 19. © 2006 Peter Pan PotentialAll rights reserved.The Health FactorIt boils down to this: youdon’t want your child sickduring the holidays anymorethan your child wants to besick; so teach your childhealthy habits.
  20. 20. © 2006 Peter Pan PotentialAll rights reserved.The Health FactorRecently documentedevidence shows thatfrequently washing yourhands with soap andwarm water can avoidthe spreading of mostchildhood illness.
  21. 21. © 2006 Peter Pan PotentialAll rights reserved.The Health FactorMake sure that your childdoesn’t share drinks orfood with other children
  22. 22. © 2006 Peter Pan PotentialAll rights reserved.The Health FactorIf your child has recentlybeen sick replace theirtoothbrush or take amoment to clean it invinegar and water.
  23. 23. © 2006 Peter Pan PotentialAll rights reserved.FiveStepstoBoostingYour Child’sImmune System
  24. 24. © 2006 Peter Pan PotentialAll rights reserved.Step #5Eat three meals and twosnacks a day: makingsure that four out of thefive are healthy andremembering thedaily recommendationof five servings of fruitsand vegetables.
  25. 25. © 2006 Peter Pan PotentialAll rights reserved.Step #4Purge the kitchen of alljunk food and sugarysnacks or place them inan airtight storagecontainer out of thereach of children.
  26. 26. © 2006 Peter Pan PotentialAll rights reserved.Step #3Keep fruits, nuts andboxed raisins on thecounter; celery withalmond butter andsimilar items in thefridge for easy access.
  27. 27. © 2006 Peter Pan PotentialAll rights reserved.Step #2Take the time once everytwo months to writedown what your familyeats for a week and thenask your Family WellnessChiropractor to suggestimprovements.
  28. 28. © 2006 Peter Pan PotentialAll rights reserved.Step #1Make a point of keepingup with your regularChiropractic adjustmentssince they increase yourchild’s immunity whiledecreasing stress ontheir body.
  29. 29. © 2006 Peter Pan PotentialAll rights reserved.Your Doctor of Chiropractic is dedicated to yourfamily’s overall health and wellness. Take amoment today to discuss with yourFamily Wellness Chiropractor any concerns youmay have about your child’s immune system.
  30. 30. © 2006 Peter Pan PotentialAll rights reserved.
  31. 31. © 2006 Peter Pan PotentialAll rights reserved.
  32. 32. © 2006 Peter Pan PotentialAll rights reserved.How to Contact Us…Gregson Health Chiropractic425 Winter StreetMadawaska, ME 04756P: (207) 436-1256www.GregsonHealth.comDrGregson@GregsonHealth.com

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