As the cold weather starts to roll around again, people’s thoughts inevitably turn to the cold and flu season and, more importantly, how they can avoid coming down with one of these viral infections. Good hand-washing practices and avoiding people who are known to be ill are always safe practices, as is getting the flu vaccine every year. However, vaccination is not a hundred percent effective and people who have had the shot can still succumb to the flu. However, there are some natural ways to help greatly reduce your chances of contracting this illness.
The single best way to ward off the flu is to practice a healthy lifestyle and keep your immune system strong so that you can prevent the illness in the first place. Getting plenty of rest and hydrating adequately are two of the most important ways to do this. So is a healthy diet which is based on plenty of anti-oxidant rich fruits and vegetables that keep your body’s natural defenses up and alert, so to speak. However, sometimes even with the best of preventative care, you can still come down with something, in which case, having a recipe like the one below can really help get you over the infection as fast as possible.
The Recipe for Nature’s Flu Shot
- 8 fresh lemons
- 2 fresh oranges
- 2 cups pineapple juice
- 2 Tbsp ground ginger
- 1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
- ½ tsp ground turmeric
- ½ tsp cayenne pepper
- 2 Tbsp raw honey
- 1 bulb garlic
To make, simply blend all the ingredients together and store in a glass jar. This recipe works very well if you begin to take it as soon as the first flu symptoms appear and be sure to take 1-3 cups daily until these symptoms resolve.
How this Recipe Works
Lemons, oranges and pineapple juice are all high in Vitamin C, which has been well-known to help strengthen the immune system and make it easier for it to fend off infections of any sort. Ginger and cayenne pepper are both carminative, warming spices and also do their part in strengthening immunity. Turmeric, of course, is well known for its anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Garlic, apple cider vinegar and honey all have anti-viral (as well as anti-bacterial and anti-fungal) compounds which can act like a natural medication to get you over the flu as fast as possible.
So if you are worried about catching the flu and getting ill this season, whip up a batch of “nature’s flu shot” and have it on hand if you feel like you are starting to come down with something. This recipe is a great way to use natural ingredients that will buck up your immunity and which have antiviral properties of their own to help kill off the flu virus and get back on your feet.
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