Feeling under the weather and looking for natural alternatives to reboot your immune system? Look no further than these six amazing ingredients. We toss them into our green smoothies all the time— helping us fight off stubborn colds and flus.
This all-natural superfood is the ultimate in immune boosting and detoxifying properties. Adding just a ¼-½ inch chunk of fresh ginger to your green smoothies has amazing health benefits. A little goes a long way so if you’re not used to using fresh ginger, start off small and add more. If you’re feeling a sniffle or cold coming on, then ginger will help kick that cold to the curb just a bit faster.
Extremely high in vitamin C, consuming citrus fruits during the winter months–when they are inexpensive and widely available–will help boost your immune system and help clear out any cold/flu viruses quickly. An easy way to do this is by using freshly squeeze orange juice as your green smoothie base, or squeeze the juice from half a lemon/lime to get a punch of vitamin C.
Berries contain tons of immune-boosting nutrients: vitamin C, fiber and natural energy for the whole day. They taste fabulous, are available mostly year round (sometimes in the freezer section during the winter months), and add a burst of fresh flavor.
Leafy greens are the powerhouse nutrition for vitamins A and C, as well as protein, fiber and calcium. They help clear out any toxins, leaving your body able to push past a cold and flu fast without relying on unnatural cough and cold syrups.
Loaded with vitamin C and fiber, kiwis are available during the winter months. If you can’t find berries or oranges, reach for the kiwi. Did you know one kiwi has more Vitamin C than an orange and the skin is completely edible? Yep. Just scrub it with a veggie brush to get it nice and clean, and eat away (if you can handle it!). Or toss it into your blender for an extra boost of fiber and nutrition.
These crunchy beauties are loaded with fiber and vitamin C to boost your immune system and give you natural energy for the whole day. An apple a day does keep the doctor (and your cold) away.
Keeping a few of these fruits and veggies on hand in your kitchen, especially during the winter months, will help you push past that troublesome cold and flu season. Try them all and see which ones work best for you. Report back by commenting below with your favorites!