Vitality

3 Healthy Juices For Improved Immune System

The long, cold winter is about to near its end, and in its place come warm springs and hot summers. Still, that is not an excuse to be complacent about your health, especially with flu still hanging around and more so in the face of the global coronavirus outbreak that has now affected thousands worldwide. 

Fortunately, there is one simple way for you to stay well and healthy during the last leg of winter, and that is by boosting your immune system. One way to do it is by consuming immunity-boosting sources of food, and though they are usually consumed whole, these can also be served in juice form. Without further ado, here are three healthy juices for an improved immune system:

Turmeric, Mandarin Orange And Carrot Tonic 

Originally featured in the "Rose & Ivy Journal," a tonic made of turmeric, mandarin orange and carrots is both a healthy and tasty mix. 

A bitter and bright yellow anti-inflammatory spice that has served as a key ingredient in many curries, turmeric is used for many years in treating both osteoporosis and rheumatoid arthritis, and is shown by research to reduce muscle damage as a result of physical exercises.

Mandarin oranges, like all types of citrus fruits, are packed with immunity-boosting vitamin C -- a lifesaver if you have been caught with a cold. Vitamin C is also thought to increase production of infection-fighting white blood cells. 

Carrots are rich in beta-carotene, which is responsible for their bright orange color. Among many functions, beta-carotene keeps the respiratory and intestinal tracts secure, making it hard for bad bacteria to enter into the bloodstream.

Apple Cider Vinegar, Ginger And Honey Switchel

Also featured in the "Rose & Ivy Journal," switchels are fizzy drinks made of a mix of water, vinegar and ginger. Replace vinegar with apple cider vinegar, and you have a delightfully healthy beverage that you can drink to boost your immunity. This healthy drink can even be sweetened with honey for a naturally sweet taste.

A spice that is used in many desserts, ginger packs substantial heat in the form of gingerol, a relative of capsaicin. Capsaicin itself is found mainly in spicy ingredients. This anti-inflammatory spice reduces sore throat and other inflammatory diseases, and can also help decrease nausea. 

While not directly benefiting the immune system, organic and unfiltered apple cider vinegar is rich in healthy substances (protein, enzymes, friendly gut bacteria) and can kill harmful bacteria in your body. It may also help lower your blood sugar levels, reducing your risk of diabetes, and even aid in weight loss. 

Winter Immunity Juice 

A recipe from renowned breathwork teacher and author Ashley Neese, this juice made from herbs, superfruits and vitamin-C rich citrus fruits such as oranges, lemons and limes will prevent you from getting sick throughout the rest of the year.

vitamin C, citrus fruits Image Keith Williamson/Flickr

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