So it's getting darker earlier, the scarves and michelin man coats have made an appearance and the cold paranoia has begun...you know, when you hear someone coughing repeatedly when you're out in public and you just want to hold your breath until you're no longer in their presence? lol yeah, those are the signs winter is approaching. It's during this season we're more prone to catching a cold so it's wise to strengthen our immune system to prevent this from happening. We all lead busy lives so we want something that can be made in preferably under ten minutes, right? cool, i've got you. Below are 5 simple juice combinations packed with all the vitamins and minerals your body needs to keep the common cold at bay.
Add the following to the blender with half a cup of water
1 cup of strawberries, half a cucumber, and 2 mint leaves - The real champ in this recipe is mint, for it contains antiviral and antibacterial properties while the strawberries and cucumber both contain vitamin c as well as other vitamins and minerals that will leave you feeling more energised while glowing from the inside out. Cheers to health and beauty!
1 whole orange, 1 cup of pineapple cubes, and 1 inch of fresh ginger- It's a well-known fact that oranges are packed with vitamin c, a natural antioxidant that is important to strengthening the immune system. If you've been plagued with stress lately you'll want to increase your intake as it can reduce the likelihood of you coming down with a cold by half. Like oranges, pineapples, too contain vitamin c but significantly more and that's not all this tropical fruit has to offer, bromelain, an enzyme naturally found in the fruit has antiviral and antibacterial properties. If anything is worthy of the title superfood it would have to be good ol' ginger for it powerful medicinal properties. The anti-inflammatory gingerols and shaogals will prevent any viruses from invading your body.
1 medium beetroot, 1 medium carrot, and 1 apple- Beets aka the purple powerhouse should definitely be one of your five a day during these winter months as they contain folate, manganese, phytochemical, iron and vitamin c. While the other two ingredients are high in vitamin A, B1, and polyphenols.
1 cup of watermelon cubes, 1 whole kiwi, and half of a cucumber- Kiwi's are loaded with antioxidants vitamin E and C. Vitamin E is needed in the production of immunoglobulins. These act as a bodyguard destroying all the pathogens that try to do us harm. Watermelons contain the anti-inflammatory antioxidant lycopene (vitamin c) as well magnesium, vitamin A, potassium and vitamin B6. Be sure to keep hold of the rind as it totally edible, in fact, it contains more amino acid citrulline than the flesh and blood-building chlorophyll.
1 cup of blueberries, 1 whole orange, and 1 stick of lemongrass- Lemongrass is another superfood that isn't talked about as much as it should be. This plant has anti fungal and antibacterial properties as well as being packed with vitamin c along with the orange and blueberries making the common cold impenetrable.
Tip: As soon as you buy fresh produce, peel it, chop it, bag it up and place in the freezer to make it easier for you to juice when you're running short of time (if that isn't your thing then you can purchase the pre-peeled/ pre-chopped fruit/veg from the store)