Flu Fighting Juice

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. 

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My Favorite Organic Drinks

When I am not sipping on water I love to have my fridge full of healthy, organic juices and teas, so I figured, why not share some of my favorite go-to beverages? I find that Jimbo’s or Whole Food has the best drink selections, but I can find a few of these at Sprout’s or smaller markets if I’m lucky.

Guayaki Yerba Mate Teas-

Yerba Mate has the strength of coffee, the health benefits of tea and the euphoria of chocolate, all in one delicious beverage. Of the six commonly used stimulants in the world: coffee, tea, kola nut, cocoa and guarana, yerba mate triumphs as the most balanced, delivering both energy and nutrition.

Yerba mate comes from the naturally caffeinated and nourishing leaves of the celebrated South American rainforest Holly Tree, Ilex paraguariensis. For centuries, South America’s Aché Guayakí tribe has sipped yerba mate from a traditional mate gourd for its rejuvenating effects.

I am pretty much addicted to their iced teas, I love drinking these when I need a boost of energy before the gym or a big pile of work that needs extra focus.

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