With the Christmas season upon us and with the practically inescapable cold and flu season running along side, it is imperative we do all we can to prevent and reduce symptoms. The extra party life and party fare can wreak havoc on our immune system and liver health. How would you like some easy and practical ways to boost your health and vitality during this time? What more could you ask for if it could be yummy foods and drinks? Look at the following resources and incorporate them at the first signs of a cold or flu!
CELERY JUICE destroys pathogens including flu viruses. Its special form of Vitamin C does not have to be converted by the liver to be used in the body, which means it goes directly to the immune system to buoy it up. Drinking 16 ounces or more daily on an empty stomach, preferably in the morning, delivers the optimum benefits.
How to make celery juice:
Take one large bunch of celery, preferably organic, rinse and run through a juicer. Drink immediately for maximum benefit. No additions. May be kept refrigerated for 24 hours.
CUCUMBER JUICE has specific compounds that reduce fevers. It also rejuvenates and hydrates deeply. It is high in Vitamin A, C, K, magnesium, silica, and potassium. It is a diuretic and a detox agent. Again, drink 16 ounces or more of PLAIN cucumber juice on an empty stomach, or anytime you have a fever.
How to make cucumber juice:
Take 2 large cucumbers, rinse/scrub, and run through a juicer. Do not peel. Drink immediately.
LEMON WATER is a great support for the immune system, detoxifies the liver and body, rehydrates the tissues, and is a nausea reliever. It is full of Vitamin C and B, calcium and magnesium. Lemon water aids digestion, helps control high blood pressure, and alkalizes the body.
How to make lemon water:
Squeeze half a lemon into 16 ounces of water every morning, first thing. Make more to drink throughout the day.
GINGER WATER is widely acclaimed to help with digestion, prevent colds and flu, and aid with nausea and sore throats. It also contains powerful anti-inflammatory compounds and pain killers. It has its own type of Vitamin C and helps the body come out of a reactive state when you are sick.
How to make ginger water:
1-2 inches fresh ginger root
2-3 cups water
juice of 1/2 lemon
Grate the piece of ginger root. Add the water and lemon juice. Sweeten with honey as desired. Strain, and enjoy hot or cold. Sip throughout the day to maintain immune protection.
THYME TEA, besides being anti-viral, helps soothe sore throats, relieves coughs and fevers, plus helps with headaches, sleep, and memory. This powerhouse herb is full of antioxidants and bioflavonoids.
How to make thyme tea:
Pour 10-16 ounces of hot water over 2 sprigs of fresh thyme. Allow to steep 15 minutes. Strain, and add lemon juice and/or raw honey to taste.
TUMERIC GINGER SHOTS are a super potent immune booster, combining the anti-inflammatory properties of turmeric with ginger's digestive aid and immune-boosting abilities. Then, if you decide to add oranges and garlic too...WOW! You've called all the troops to help with the cold or flu with this fiery shot.
How to make turmeric ginger shots:
4 inches turmeric
4 inches ginger root
4 clove garlic
Run each ingredient through a juicer and keep the juice separate. Then combine 1 teaspoon turmeric, 1 teaspoon ginger, 1/2 cup orange juice, and 1/4 teaspoon garlic in a small glass. Stir well to combine and drink immediately. May be repeated throughout the day at the first sign of cold or flu.
FRESH FRUITS, LEAFY GREENS, AND VEGETABLE JUICES offer a menagerie of nutrients and antioxidants for healing from the cold or flu. And juicing allows the body to assimilate their goodness easily and quickly. Try apples, oranges, cucumbers, asparagus, melons, pears, celery, cilantro, dandelion, spinach and kale.
HEALING BROTHS bring in rich minerals for healing, cleansing and nourishing anytime, more so during a bout with a cold or flu. The herbs and spices in addition to the vegetables are easy to digest and utilize by the body, bringing nourishment to body and soul.
How to make vegetable broths:
4 carrots, chopped
2 stalks of celery, roughly chopped
2 onions sliced
1 cup parsley, finely chopped
1 cup shitake mushrooms, fresh or dried
2 tomatoes, chopped (optional)
6-8 clove garlic, minced
1 inch fresh ginger root
1 inch fresh turmeric root
8 cups water
Chili peppers or red pepper flakes (optional)
Place all ingredients in a pot and bring to a gentle boil. Reduce heat and simmer for about an hour. Strain and sip on the broth or leave the vegetables in for a healing soup.
RAW GARLIC is antiviral and antibacterial. One clove contains the equivalent of 100,000 units of Penicillin. Garlic is also antifungal and anti-cancer. It contains Vitamin C and Vitamin B-6 along with minerals, such as selenium, calcium and iron. Garlic aids in digestion and heavy metal detox.
At the first sign of a cold or flu, mince one clove and mash into half an avocado, banana, or cooked potato. Repeat 3 times daily until feeling better.
RAW HONEY supports specific members of your white blood cells as the first line of defense against invading pathogens. Along with aiding the immune system, it is anti-inflammatory and a very potent brain food, containing high mineral levels of calcium, potassium, zinc, selenium, phosphorus, chromium, molybdenum, and manganese. If you feel yourself coming down with something, take a teaspoon of raw honey before bed, and add raw honey to lemon water during the day for additional immune boosting power.
So aren't these yummy ideas to help through this season? Now that you know, incorporate some or all of these into your regime when you are stressed or exposed to the cold or flu. Take matters into your own hands early on to rise above and BE WELL.
Again, MERRY CHRISTMAS!
Information adapted from the Medical Medium, Anthony William