Ten cold fighting juices for the immune system

Boosting your immunity can be done through a variety of dietary methods. However, vegetable and fruit juices may just be the most delicious of all. These juices help boost your immunity while at the same time providing your body with much-required nutrients for the day to day body requirements.

1.      Spinach lettuce and kale Juice

This is basically a vegetable-only juice which means it also has the added benefits of less sugar and fewer calories. The ingredients include 1 lettuce leaf, ¾ cup kales, 1 cup spinach, 1 stalk of celery, 1 medium cucumber, 1 carrot and 1 beet. For the cold fighting juices, we will use a juicer to make the juice. However, feel free to use a blender if you do not have a juicer, you will reap additional fiber content benefits.

  • Washing and drying all the ingredients
  • Cutting the vegetables and fruits into quarter inch pieces
  • Mixing all the ingredients prior to putting in the juicer
  • Adding all the ingredients into the juicer and processing into juice (this should be done in line with the product usage instructions)

2.      Pumpkin seed milk

Pumpkin seeds have a nice nutty flavor and have excellent anti-inflammatory qualities. The recipe requires 1.5 cups raw pumpkin seeds (soaked), 3 cups of water, salt, natural vanilla extract and maple syrup. This juice is best made with a blender to reap the full benefit of the small pumpkin seeds. Juicers will probably not give the best results. Pumpkin seed milk will also come with the added benefits of healthier bones, urinary health, and better hair and skin.

3.      Strawberry Kiwi Juice

Another one for the blender, this is a strawberry, kiwi fruit, and strawberry smoothie. You will require 3 mint sprigs, 2 kiwi fruits, 6 ounces of strawberries, 5 ounces Greek yogurt and orange juice. Blend all the ingredients together for a tasty smoothie. The smoothie is full of vitamin-C, magnesium and zinc goodness.

4.      Watermelon Juice

Watermelon greatly boosts immunity but also does a great job in relieving sore muscles that’s quite common with the flu. Watermelons have very high water content and can, therefore, be juiced easily. For this juice, one will require a medium-sized watermelon, a mint leaf, salt and ice cubes. Blend these together or juice the melon and add the other ingredients.

5.      Strawberry and Mango Juice

This recipe makes use of frozen fruits. Feel free to use fresh ones if you so desire. Mangoes add the much-required vitamin E to boost the body’s immune system. The recipe requires 1 peeled mango, ¾ cup orange juice, 1 tablespoon honey, 10 strawberries, lime juice and ice cubes. Again, feel free to blend or juice the ingredients.

6.      Beet, Turmeric, Ginger and Carrot

This juice reduces inflammation in the body, a common symptom of the flu. Those with rheumatoid arthritis will also benefit greatly from drinking this juice. To make this, you will need ground pepper, 1 medium beet, 3 carrots, 1 blood orange, ½ lemon, turmeric root and a fresh ginger. Pass all the ingredients through a juicer.

7.      Kale, Tomato, and Celery juice

The horseradish in the recipe provides anti-inflammatory benefits. You will require 1 teaspoon horseradish, soy sauce, ¼ cup kale juice, 0.5-pound kale, fresh celery juice and 2 tablespoons lemon juice. Garnish with a rib of celery. This can be prepared by stirring all the ingredients together.

8.      Tomato Juice

This is perhaps the simplest cold-fighting juice you can make. You will only require tomatoes, salt, pepper and spices of your choice. Simmer the ingredients for thirty minutes then pass through a strainer and bring to a boil. Place the contents in a canner and let cool overnight.

9.      Orange and grapefruit Juice

This juice is very high in vitamin C content and thus facilitates enhanced wound healing, the ability to fight infections and a robust immune response. You will require two oranges (navel), 1 grapefruit, 5 oranges (Clementine) and ½ a lemon. Simply peel all the fruits and juice them.

10.  Apple, Carrot and Orange Juice

As you have probably guessed, this one is really sweet and full of nutrients such as antioxidants and vitamins. Carrots are usually bursting with beta carotene goodness and potassium, very beneficial to the body. You will require a large apple, pineapple chunks (10 ounces), carrots (2) and ginger. Follow the above-mentioned preparation method.

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