Cuisine: Immune System Boost
Immune System Boost Menu
If it’s cold and flu season where you are, this immune booster juice is perfect to keep it at bay, besides, it tastes deliciously, nutritiously fresh! This recipe offers a plethora of nutrients and antioxidants your body needs to heal and in juiced form, it allows your body to easily absorb the nutrients to keep your immune system strong and ticking! Think Popeye!
Ginger and turmeric both contain magical medicinal uses. Ginger is a great anti-nausea spice. Turmeric is a wonderful natural anti-inflammatory spice. And everyone knows that chicken (noodle) rice soup is good for everyone’s soul. This soup is the culinary form of a warm hug that we all need when we’re sick with a cold or flu!
If you haven’t heard of the amazing benefits of bone broth, one question? Have you been under a rock? Kidding!! Bone broth is said to be a fantastic food source of anti-aging collagen (bonus), is also healing, cleansing and nourishing all at the same time. It’s rich in minerals that need replenishing when you have a cold or flu. Making bone broth is super simple — if you have a pot, then you can make bone broth! Giddy-up to feeling better!
Cordial, in the European meaning of the word, is a sweet concentrated syrup that is diluted and then mixed either with still or carbonated water. Elderflower cordial is simply that - an elderflower syrup that can be added to the drink of your choice for a sweet, fragrant beverage. This has a zing to it from the lime, but the aroma is all elderflower. It is a delicate scent, slightly floral, very sweet and just a bit spicy. Elderflower is said to help boost your immune system, aid with swollen sinuses (sinusitis), colds, influenza (flu), bronchitis, diabetes, constipation, as well as a diuretic (increase urine volume).
This is one of the most delicious syrups I’ve ever tasted. Yes, I created it and yes, I’m a bit biased, BUT it tastes amazing and it works from personal experience! It's a thick, rich delicious berry-flavoured syrup rich in vitamin C and a wealth of other critical vitamins, minerals, antioxidants! Elderberries are said to be one of the most effective remedies for viral and bacterial infections, colds and flu and can even shorten their duration!! Have a cough, no worries, elderberries are even said to be beneficial for bronchial and respiratory issues and can help loosen and expel congestion in the lungs. Elderberries contain special proteins and bioflavonoids that may have the ability to destroy viruses on contact that infect cells in the body. Elderberries are also said to have the ability to significantly enhance immune function by boosting the production of cytokines in the body.
Elderberry is a natural diuretic that helps to eliminate toxins at the cellular level and astragalus is a fantastic herb that can help build defenses in your body too! This soothing tea tonic has a nice tart berry flavour combined with rich spices! By building up your immune system, you are stimulating your body and maintaining your natural defenses strong against the many threats around you such as germs, bacteria and viruses. By producing antibodies and revitalizing your white blood cells, this also means you will be able to recover faster from illness and prevent premature aging and even diseases. Your skin mirrors your internal health, so when you are healthy and strong, you look younger and fresher (and who doesn’t want that)! Cheers!
Turmeric spice is definitely a winner!! Not only touted as a star in Indian cuisine, used in bright yellow ‘ballpark’ mustard, it’s also a protector against inflammation!! Turmeric, ginger and lemon combined boost your immune system and can be sipped on all day when you have a cold or flu or anytime for that matter. This is a delicious, perfect, warming tea for chilly sweater weather.
Ginger will be your best friend if you have a cold or flu! Fresh ginger targets ‘rhinoviruses,’ which are one of the most common causes of a cold! I know, who knew?! Use fresh ginger for your tea and then supercharge by adding honey (another immune booster)! It you reduce your tea tonic to almost half, you’ll find it nicely spicy!
Here are a few other ‘Healing Ginger Tips’:
Ginger Steam Inhalation: If you’re congested, for a fresh steam inhalation, add 1 tablespoon of freshly grated ginger to a pot of boiling water, boil for a few minutes then remove from heat and inhale deeply with a big towel draped over you head (it works, believe me)! Or just steam with your tea tonic before you add honey!
Ginger Bath: Mix one tablespoon ground ginger with 1-2 cups of Epsom Salts under hot running water and run yourself a warm cold-easing, muscle-soothing bath. Ahhh, heaven.
If you’re under the weather, this delicious Cold Buster Vitamin C Smoothie will come to your rescue!! Adding loads of antioxidants like Vitamin C helps to boost your immunity and this smoothie is jam-packed with delicious sources of Vitamin C! Hemp hearts are a great zinc source and also provide protein, which is also critical for immune function! And to top all that off, it tastes amazing, too.
Refreshing and full of great immune system boosting benefits! This simple, easy to make refreshing ‘foam’ is chock full of vitamin C from the oranges, plus electrolytes and rehydration from the coconut water, an ‘all in one’ delicious glass of foamed coconut water!!
Drink this infused water ASAP if you feel like you’re coming down with a cold or flu or if you’re already sick! Here’s why! Lemon water by itself, is excellent for helping to boost your immune system, rehydrating and detoxifying your liver and body! If you add fresh ginger to your water, it can possibly help with preventing colds/flus, alleviate sore throats, plus is an excellent source of vitamin C! Now for triple protection, if you add raw honey that’s another immune booster, assisting your body in keeping a strong first line of defense to fight off pathogens or to help you recover. Here’s a sweet tip, if you feel like you’re coming down with the cold or flu, take a teaspoon of raw honey before bedtime!