Well it’s about that time of year again! No, I’m not talking about autumn, Halloween or even Thanksgiving. I’m talking about cold and flu season. While I love the holiday season, I always dread the sickness that seems to constantly be swirling around through the air. I don’t usually get sick very often, but I’m a complete germaphobe so it’s just a stressful time for me haha.
Now, you may be thinking that this post is premature because It’s still technically summer and cold and flu season doesn’t seem to come until the air gets colder and people get run down from school and work. However, this is the time when you should be preparing your body for the upcoming onslaught of germs. In fact, I was out shopping at Target yesterday and there were so many people sniffling and coughing. And Brendan came home from the office the other day saying that one of his coworkers is sick. Ugh, already?!
I‘m not a fan of medicine or the flu vaccine, so if there’s a natural alternative out there that will boost my immune system and prevent sickness rather than just alleviate cold and flu symptoms, then I’m all for that.
Last year I came across a recipe for a natural flu “shot”—a juice concoction that provides immune boosting properties such as vitamin C and antioxidants. The original recipe I came across can be found here. But I recently found a different recipe and decided to give it a try.
The ginger shots I made for Brendan and me the other day simply contains fresh ginger root, apple, lemon and turmeric. It’s got a spicy kick and is so fresh and tasty! Here’s a quick breakdown of the benefits of each ingredient for your immune system.
Ginger root — Fresh ginger is a natural antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial. It’s the perfect little punch to help knock out your cold and flu symptoms, plus it can help with nausea and upset stomachs.
Apple — Apples contain plenty of antioxidants such as polyphenols, vitamin C, beta carotene and B-complex, all of which help strengthen the immune system.
Lemon — Lemons are packed with vitamin C and help to alkalize the body. If you consume more alkaline foods it will help regulate your body’s pH balance, which can help fight of sickness since germs thrive in acidic environments.
Turmeric — With high antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, turmeric is the perfect additive to this “shot”! Curcumin is the active ingredient in turmeric and is anti-viral, anti-fungal and can even help protect against cancer.
I plan on making these “shots” at least once a week during cold and flu season, in addition to my other secret weapons I keep on hand to fight off sickness. I plan on doing another blog post about the foods, supplements and teas I incorporate into my diet during cold and flu season soon. 🙂
Ginger Flu “Shot”
- 1 Apple
- 1 2-inch piece of ginger root
- 2 lemons
- 1-2 teaspoons of turmeric
Simply juice all of the ingredients and you’re good to go! All I had was powdered turmeric on hand, but you can use fresh turmeric instead.
30 Days of Lists Challenge
Day 13: Modes of transportation I want to take
- Helicopter (hopefully I would be brave enough)
- Train (even though I’ve taken the train multiple times now)
- Hogwarts Express (a girl can dream, can’t she?)
Day 14: I want to learn how to …
- Do yoga more fluently
- Cook more tasty vegan meals
- Do sustainable gardening (increase my knowledge really)
- Do apartment composting
- Make latte art
- Make homemade kombucha