I am going to keep this blog pretty simple and to the point, mostly because I still am sick and have no energy to type up an elaborate blog. Most of you know I have been pretty sick and now that I am feeling a tad better, with enough energy to actually walk to the kitchen, I really wanted to load up on some natural foods to really fight off this flu for once and for all. Whenever your immune system is feeling down or weak here are some of the best fruits and veggies to load up on!
Immune Boosting Fruits, Veggies & Spices-
Ginger- I used to hate ginger but after learning about how good it was for me, I’ve found a new love and appreciation for this spicy little root. Another way to fight inflammation and bacteria, Ginger is a very effective root to add to juices when sick thanks to Gingerol, the bioactive substance in it which helps lower the risk of infection.
Cayenne Pepper– Cayenne Pepper is one of my all-time favorite spices to cook with, but did you know that by adding it to your juices you can ease upset stomachs, ulcers, sore throats, and irritating coughs? Cayenne pepper also aids in breaking up and moving congested mucus which means relief from flu symptoms generally follows making this one of the best detoxifying ingredients ever.
Lemon– Not only are lemons known to fight the free radical formulations known to cause cancer, they’re also great for fighting the flu. Lemons are high in Vitamin C which helps the immune system battle germs that cause a cold or flu. Even sipping on warm water with lemon and cayenne pepper each day is extremely beneficial for preventing these illnesses from happening in the first place.
Raw Manuka Honey– This has been the only way I have been able to naturally soothe my throat so why not toss some into my juice?! Manuka honey is made in New Zealand by bees that pollinate the Manuka bush. This honey is one of the most beneficial forms of honey in the world as it’s known for its ability to heal sore throats, digestive illnesses, Staph infections, and gingivitis. Because it’s one of nature’s richest antimicrobial sources, you definitely want to load up on Organic Raw Manuka Honey.
Kale– Kale is one of the best, if not the best super green to consume and even more nutritious when consumed raw. Kale contains 206% of our daily Vitamin A needs, 684% Vitamin K, 134% Vitamin C, Vitamin B6 and is of course loaded with powerful antioxidants like Quercetin & Kaempferol which are anti-viral and anti-inflammatory.
Now that you know why I wanted to use all of the above, here is how I mixed it all together to create one, delicious Flu Fighting Juice, all ingredients must be Raw, fresh and Organic to get the most nutrients possible.
Flu Fighting Juice Recipe-
To make this without a juicer, simply dump the following ingredients into your blender to make two large green juices. The key to making it juice like is to blend it for about 1-2 minutes or until smooth.
- 2 cups of Organic Honey Crisp Apple Juice from Sprouts
- 1 cup of Filtered Water
- 3-4 large stocks of Kale
- 1-2 large scoops of Raw Manuka Honey
- 1/2 of a Lemon, remove seeds then use both juice and pulp
- 1-inch piece of Ginger, peeled and chopped
- 2-3 shakes of Cayenne Pepper (Depends on how much spice you like)
- Handful of Ice
This juice will have a sweet side thanks to the honey and apples, but a definite kick thanks to the ginger, cayenne, and lemon, however, I thought it was so refreshing and delicious, it really left me feeling almost instantly on a healthier track. I plan on drinking these the rest of the week until I am better, and every so often just to keep my immune system nice and strong.
Have a juice recipe you love? Share it in a comment below, always looking for new ones!