‘Tis the season of the dreaded head cold: snotty noses, sore throats, and that awful feeling where even trying to take a deep breath can feel like a workout in itself! BLAH!
The trick, my loves, is prevention over cure and that begins with a little extra TLC for your precious gut, and loading up on all those immune boosting superfoods that our Nana’s Nanas have sworn by since forever – and with good reason too!
Helps to encourage the production of bile, which acts like a natural laxative and increases stomach acid allowing you to break down your food more effectively.
On top of its digestive magic, lemon is loaded with immune boosting Vitamin C and will also help to create an alkaline environment where your body can thrive!
Ginger is a powerful anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory, which also helps with the stimulation saliva, bile, and gastric juice production for improved digestion.
This guy also helps to eliminate congestion – perfect if you’re starting to feel a little blocked up!
Curcumin is the main active ingredient in turmeric. It has powerful anti inflammatory effects and is a very strong antioxidant supporting detoxification inside the body, helping to keep you healthy all year round.
➕ APPLE CIDER VINEGAR:
This guy contains protein enzymes, which give the vinegar it’s cloudy appearance. These live cultures help to alkalize the body and – like probiotics – replenish beneficial bacteria in the gut. ACV also acts as a great digestive cleanser!
Not only does it make just about any meal or drink about 1000 times more delicious, but it’s well known for its metabolic properties, including its ability to imitate the activity of insulin in the body.
What’s not so well known is that cinnamon is an anti-fungal, anti-viral, and anti-bacterial machine that not only boosts the immune system, but also helps to fight the pathogens that cause illness. What’s not to love?!
➕ CAYENNE PEPPER:
A well-known digestive aid; cayenne pepper stimulates the digestive tract, increasing the flow of enzyme production and gastric juices, in turn improving the body’s ability to metabolise food and toxins.
➕ COCONUT OIL:
There isn’t much that this guy can’t do, but aside from its super anti-bacterial properties, the main reason for its appearance here is to help improve the absorption of the turmeric.
Not a bad little concoction, huh?! Now let’s pull it all together:
You will need:
➕ 1 cup filtered water
➕ Juice of 1 whole lemon, or use the whole lemon (peeled) if blending.
➕ 1 inch ginger, grated or crushed
➕ 1 inch turmeric, grated or crushed
➕ 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
➕ Good dash of ground cinnamon
➕ Big dash of cayenne pepper – optional
➕ 1 tsp coconut oil
➕ 1 or 2 tsp of raw honey – optional for taste
Now to create! Three options:
1 . Add all the ingredients into a shaker cup with a lid, and shake to combine.
2 . Alternatively, add all the ingredients to warm water, and mix well with a spoon.
3 . (My fave!) Blend altogether with 5-6 ice cubes & enjoy cold. I add the whole lemon (peeled of course) and leave out the honey.
NOTE: as much as I actually enjoy sipping on this bad boy, it must be said that the taste can be pretty full on for some! I suggest going light on the spices – especially the pepper – to start with and adjusting the amounts when you’re up for it.
Cheers to a snot-free winter, beautifuls!