With flu season and holiday travels quickly approaching, it’s time to double-down on supporting your immune system. The winter months pose a greater threat of sickness as less sunlight and colder temperatures naturally take a toll on your body’s immunity.
Busier schedules with back-to-school, holiday functions, traveling, and shopping increase exposure to illness and basically guarantee a family member being under-the-weather every month. To help prepare, incorporate some of these natural immunity boosters into your diet.
I find it best to juice the ingredients to they maintain all their vitamins and are easier to digest, ensuring that maximum minerals are absorbed. And in juice form, you can chug them back really quick or add in some other fruits to create a yummy-tasting healthy drink.
Citrus fruits such as grapefruit, lemons, limes, and oranges are packed with Vitamin C to keep your immune system strong by increasing the production of white blood cells to fight off infection. They serve as a great base flavor for any juice.
Ginger is an antibacterial that helps fight off bacteria in the gut. It also allows blood vessels to relax so blood can flow more easily, meaning more blood cells can get too infected organ systems.
Turmeric increases the immunomodulation capacity of your body and creates a stronger immune system. It’s like a vitamin specifically designed to strengthen up your body’s defense system.
Leafy greens like spinach, broccoli, and kale are all packed with essential vitamins and minerals to keep your body strong and healthy. While cooking them may the most mainstream way to eat these greens, the process of cooking vegetables cooks out some of the essential minerals. Juicing them, however, begins the process of digestion by already breaking them down for easier absorption.
My go-to juice equation is to try and incorporate on citrus, one spice, and one green. After that, I can add whatever flavor-enhancing fruits or vegetables I like to make the juice a bit tastier.
Flavorful and healthy add-ins include green apples, pineapple, mango, cucumber, and mint. Try out a variety of combinations to find the immune-boosting juice that works best for you.