Cold & flu season is upon us!
We can take pills to boost our immunity (and we do have a great suggestion) BUT we can also use everyday ingredients to smash colds & flus to the curb!
The first ingredient is water. We're made up of 50-65% water. The more beautiful, fresh & life-giving water we can pump into our bodies on a daily basis the better we operate. It helps our liver & kidneys to function well and clears our body of toxins and keeps everything moving smoothly.
Aim for 8 glasses a day.
Black tea, white tea, lemon water, green tea and herbal tea all count towards your water count. A plain glass of water is awesome. A glass of water with a dash or cordial counts. As long as the bulk of fluid is H20 we're drinking water!
The 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th ingredients are the BEST immunity boosting ingredients we can add to water!
Lemons:- Lemons are good because they make things taste, smell & look better. Lemons are high in Vitamin C. They make our bodies more alkaline (which is better than acidic). Drink 2-3 glasses of warm lemon water every morning to stimulate liver & kidney function. But do it before you brush your teeth. (Little tip...Don't drink citrus flavoured water through the day because you'll strip your teeth of their enamel). Click here for more about lemons.
Turmeric (Curcumin) & Black Pepper:- Turmeric has been used for thousands of years in Indian cooking because of its medicinal properties. Curcumin is the main active ingredient in turmeric. It has powerful anti-inflammatory effects and is a very strong antioxidant. But we can't get enough of it through straight turmeric powder. We actually need to buy a curcumin extract. (Go to Flannerys Organic & Wholefood Markets...Cronulla, Gymea & Engadine for this!) By combining the extract and black pepper we supercharge our resutls. In fact the combination of curcumin extract and black pepper matches the effectiveness of some anti-inflammatory drugs. Click here for more about turmeric.
Ginger:- Ginger belongs to the Zingiberaceae family, and is closely related to turmeric, cardomon and galangal. Ginger has a very long history of use in traditional/alternative medicine. It has been used to help digestion, reduce nausea and help fight the flu and common cold. In essence it's pretty bloody good when we feel awful. And it can make us feel even better even when we're feeling awesome! Click here for more about ginger
Honey:- Honey is in so m.any healthy recipes because it's the sweetener & soother of everything. Now the realiity check. Honey is bee vomit. When we eat honey we eat bee vomit. It's delicious and sweet. But it's vomit. Of a bee. And honey is sugar. Sweet delicious and varying flavours of sugar. And it makes awful, average and disgusting things taste delicious. The jury is out on health benefits. But it does contain some antioxidants. At the end of the day honey is delicious and it makes food taste better. So use it sparingly, enjoy it and value the bee that worked so hard to create such an awesome product. Click here for more about honey.
Here's FOUR ways to boost our immunity without having to chew!
All these recipes are from my favourite vegetarian website Green Kitchen Stories.
Hope you enjoy them. Please don't hesitate to provide feedback.
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