Feeling a little worse for wear? With Winter in full throttle, cold and flu season is officially upon us. To help strengthen your immune system and fight off nasty Winter bugs before they take full effect, we thought we’d share with you our favourite immune boosting remedy. Featuring some of nature’s most potent anti-inflammatory and vitamin rich foods, blend up a batch of this immune boosting tonic and you’ll be well on your way to being cold-free and ‘content’ all season long.Immune Boosting Ingredients
Lemon: A total body detoxifier - some enjoy ½ a lemon squeezed in warm water each morning to support liver health and get a daily dose of immunity boosting vitamin C. We like to get it in as many places as we can as this immune strengthening vitamin helps to neutralise free radicals in the body and reduce inflammation associated with sore throats and sinus pain.
Rosemary: Possessing potent phtyo-nutrient compounds, studies have shown that rosemary leaves and stalks possess antibacterial* and anti-fungal** properties. Comprised of major anti-oxidant compound rosmarinic acid, rosemary additionally contains a host of essential oils that possess anti-inflammatory, anti-allergenic, anti-fungal and anti-septic properties.
Turmeric: Reportedly possessing numerous pharmacological properties including anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antiviral, anti-fungal and antioxidants, the active ingredient in tumeric, curcumin is known as an immune modulator capable of improving the ability of specialized immune cells to destroy pathogens.***
Manuka Honey: Recognised for a while now for its immune boosting properties, Manuka Honey provides a source of immune supporting phenolic antioxidants to ward of infections, supports a healthy digestive system and inner balance (which we all know by now is vital for a strong immune system) and is high in antibacterial agents.Recipe
- 4 organic oranges or tangerines
- 2 organic lemons
- 1 thumb size piece of fresh turmeric
- 1 large thumb size stem of ginger (or more if you like it hot!)
- 4 sprigs of rosemary, including the stalks
- 1 tablespoon Manuka Honey UMF 15+
- Juice all ingredients, peeling ginger and turmeric if not organic.
- Take as a shot or blend with warm water for a hot drink.