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Monday, November 18, 2013

Let's build a stronger India, shall we?



This morning I saw a mother wrapping her child in a blanket while boarding the bus. She was tucking the blanket from all corners. She was surely protecting him from cold weather but what about the dust, germs present on the bus seat and cold flu virus many passengers leave behind on bus handles? Wrapping your bundle of joy in a cosy blanket is not enough, we have to make them stronger from within. Their bodies should have a shield of their own and it should be prepared to counter-attack all the germs, viruses and infections.

Healthy food is the first and foremost key to make kids stronger. Dark leafy green vegetables, lentils, nuts, carrots, kiwi, cauliflower, garlic helps in building immunity. These days most of the kids refuse to eat such food, so we should make eating interesting for them. Instead of serving a bowl of salad, we should make a sandwich of whole wheat and stuff fresh vegetables in it. Don’t forget to cut it into interesting shapes, may be, of their favorite animal or cartoon character. We should aim at inculcating healthy food habits in our kids which will ensure that they stay healthy forever. Don’t pamper them with fast food or colas. Remember, a well nourished body has a stronger immune system.


We love chubby kids but keeping children lean and slim is better. Obesity depresses the immune system by interfering with the ability of white blood cells to produce antibodies. Always have a routine for your child. Keep him active. It’s better to start your child’s routine very early in life. Being active not only keeps his muscles lean but also induces happiness in your child's life. Take kids out for activities, widen their social circle and let them create hobbies for themselves. An active child’s body produces more antibodies and hence his ability to defend himself increases naturally.

Sleep deprivation not only makes a child cranky and tough to handle but more susceptible to illness by reducing natural killer cells. For a healthy child, sound and required hours of sleep is a must. A newborn should sleep for 18 hours and hours should reduce gradually. For a toddler 12 hours are enough and for a pre-schooler 10 hours are sufficient. If your child doesn’t have enough time for a nap due to activities, try putting him to bed early. Also, quality of sleep is also very important. Following ‘Early to bed and early to rise’ principle has many positive effects on one's health and immune system. 

As they say, ‘A family that eats together, stays together,’ and the modern day dimension is - ‘A family that exercises together, stays healthy and younger for a longer time.’ Earlier, there were a lot of physical activities in our lives. Children used to walk or cycle to school but now with faster lifestyle and modern gadgets, physical workout has dropped down tremendously. This has led to many lifestyle diseases. To make our future generation healthy, we must exercise and include fun activities in our routine. Rather than lazing around in front of our smart gadgets, families should play cricket in their backyard or if you don’t have enough time, plan an outdoor activity every alternate weekend. Exercise increases the number of natural killer cells in the body. Thus, boosting the immune system.

It goes without saying that our surroundings should be clean. Though cleaning entire neighborhood is not easy, we must start by maintaining clean habits. Teach your child to wash hands properly. Apply soap, clean palms and more importantly, rub the area between fingers. Though it doesn’t build immunity but maintaining hygiene will ensure that chance of falling sick is halved. You know, prevention is better than cure!

In addition to all these, we should specifically include things that boost child’s immunity in our daily routine and protect body from external dangers. Have Probiotics, Echinacea, Zinc, Omega-3 Fatty Acids, Vitamin D3, C and E and Beta Carotene OR use traditional products to boost immunity, like Giloy, Amla, Pippali, Bala, Mustak, Bedarikand, Karkatshringi, Bhumiamkai. If this sounds quite complex, give 1-2 spoons of Dabur Chyawanprash to your child daily.


Breast feeding, vaccination at proper time, avoiding passive smoking also helps in building stronger immunity. When every child of our country is healthy and strong from within, only then we can aim for an immune India. In simpler words, for Nation’s progress, health is the key and it starts with building children stronger from within. Start by imbibing good eating habits, cleaner surrounding, hygiene, understanding body’s requirement and nurturing healthy lifestyle and a tiny routine of having Dabur Chyawanprash daily will go a long way in building and boosting the immunity of entire family. With its 40 natural ingredients and right mix of herbs and anti-oxidants, Dabur Chyawanprash is tried and trusted product which even our Grandparents vouch for.

Children are the future of our country. Let’s prepare their bodies to combat all the deadly viruses and germs. Whether kids play in dust or travel in public transport, their parents must be confident that they have prepared their children for all adversities. The immune system must act like a shield and guard the body. And with healthier children, let's build a stronger India.

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*This post is written for ‘An Immune India’ contest organized by www.daburchyawanprash.com
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34 comments:

  1. loved the scene where the mom wraps her baby in blanket. images are cute . loved the baby sleeping pic.

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  2. Such posts tend to get long and monotonous but you managed to keep it interesting. Good luck :)

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  3. I have been a child whose immunity was always faltering. Cold, fever used to be my constant companion. But, once my mom started including natural remedies into my food, I have been much better. I follow natural remedies even now and they are a blessing and I adore Chaywanprash.

    Well researched Saru.:-)

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  4. Lovely is the word! Following these steps will truly lead towards a more healthy and immune India! All the best dear :)

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  5. I love the way you weave words into beautiful prose. It's a gift! Great article for the contest. All the best.

    My entry for the contest is at http://www.indiblogger.in/indipost.php?post=299732. Hope you like it.

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  6. Lovely points Saru! All the best for the contest :-)

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  7. Informative points, all the luck for the contest!

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  8. Nice Post as usual, Saru! Has all the relevant points!
    Love your pics and the notes below! :)
    Best wishes!

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  9. Very creative post...your visuals have made it very appealing... All the best for the contest...

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  10. excellent tips and such valuable information. thanks for writing

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  11. A nicely composed post sarusinghal, rich on information and facts rather than fiction.

    Would appreciate your candid comments on mine at http://www.indiblogger.in/indipost.php?post=299726

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  12. You are going at great guns Saru :) A wonderful read again. Keep writing :)

    Someone is Special

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  13. m sure u will win .. winning is a part of yr writing :) :)

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  14. Now isn't it concise and well written? Well laid out plans, and everything in control. If someone followed them, I am sure half of the troubles would be gone!

    Cheers,
    Blasphemous Aesthete

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  15. Very Nicely presented Saru...Good Luck for the Contest.. :D

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  16. Very informative and well written post...!!!
    All the very best for the Contest !!!
    Happy week end

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  17. Very interesting and informative post!
    Hey Hey!! Dabur Chyawanprash is ok!!
    But what about Kottakkal Aryavaidya Shalaa's Chyawanprash!!!
    Would like to know!
    Or this piece is to promote only Dabur Chyawanprash!!
    Thanks for Sharing
    Best Regards

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  18. Very informative with nice pictures.
    Best of luck for contest

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  19. Very well written.
    All the best Saru!

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  20. More than anything building immunity in the formative years is very important and I am glad that your post talks about so many ways to do exactly that!

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  21. Very well written Saru. All the best :)

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  22. Very interesting way to start the post Saru.. You have highlighted the need to have healthy food perfectly! And nice pics to go with the post too!

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  23. loved the post. Loved the illustrations :) Very interactive post Saru :) All the very best for the contest :)

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  24. loved the way you compiled it all :)
    neat ..

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  25. Great pictures and great message. Nice post Dear.

    Cheers,
    Janika

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  26. I think majority of us know this... the question is are we following these healthy habits? Our children learn from us so it is very important for us to follow a healthy life style.. so let's make few changes in us and give our children a healthy and energetic future.
    Best of luck Saru.. I am pretty sure you must have won the competition by now it is so well written and explained... :-) keep going,,,

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  27. @Everyone - Thanks for your motivating feedback. It was fun writing on this contest's prompt.

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  28. Nice blog. My mother always conscious about my health. She order most of the time organic food products from http://www.healthyworld.in/lifestyle-issue-alternatives/-immunity-builders.

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    1. Organic food is a great choice, provided one can afford it.

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