Immune Booster

Our family has been fighting a chest cold this week. It SUCKS!  I haven’t done a real cardio workout since Friday, but I’ve done some light weight/more reps for strength and restorative yoga to keep my sanity.

*Here’s an immune booster juice you will want to drink so you guys don’t get it.  It tastes like a healthy version of an orange julius…

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Immune Booster

  • 1 large organic orange
  • 1/2 organic lemon (Meyer is a sweeter variety)
  • 1 inch knob organic ginger

Juice and enjoy. If you don’t have a juicer, you can squeeze citrus and mince ginger.  You could use a blender to keep even more nutrients in (like fiber) – especially if you are starting to feel yourself coming down with something.  Fight it!

IMG_1942Health Benefits:

  • Oranges, lemons, and other citrus fruits are considered an excellent source of vitamin C. Vitamin C is important for keeping a healthy immune system by protecting cells from free radical damage. Free radicals can also damage many systems in the body which can cause chronic conditions such as cancer.
  • Ginger has strong anti-inflammatory effects. It can promote healthy sweating (helpful for colds and flu), help fight infection, relieve nausea and also arthritis symptoms.

*Studies have shown that getting your vitamin C from real foods such as oranges and lemons is more beneficial than taking a supplement, but, like everything else, check with your doctor to see if it is right for you.

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