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They say, “an apple a day keep the doctor away” and there may have been some truth to it.

Vitamin-rich food is one of the primary sources of energy combats to fight illnesses. We’re surrounded by bugs and germs in our everyday lives and this exposure can actually strengthen our child’s immune system. There are however, other key points that we can implement to give our kids the boost they need to fight infections. While vitamins and supplements can help fill in the gaps in your diet, the best way to load up on essential nutrients is to get them straight from food. Your body absorbs and uses vitamins and nutrients better when they come from a dietary source. Astra contains Vitamin A, D, which are fat soluble vitamins. Vitamin A & D are added to Astra as per the Sri Lankan kids dietary requirements and 20g of Astra gives 33% of the daily vitamin A and D requirement.

  • Vitamin A: Its recommended to consume vitamin A through foods including milk, dairy products and eggs, as well as orange and yellow fruits.
  • Vitamin D: Most often we get our vitamin D through the sun. Studies have shown that low levels of vitamin D have been associated with a greater risk of developing respiratory conditions in adults and children. Additionally, you can boost your intake of vitamin D by eating fish and other foods fortified with the vitamin.

It’s also important to know that in order to build a strong immune system parents need to inculcate healthy eating habits over time. You can’t eat four oranges at breakfast and expect to be protected that day against catching a cold. There is no specific food that will prevent your kids from getting colds or flu, however you can still make sure their diet is optimised and full of goodness, which is essential to developing an immune system that is healthy and remains strong.