Flu season is around the corner, so what better time to ensure that everyone in your family has a strong immune system. While I have my personal opinion on the flu shot itself, I am going to throw that aside for this post and share 6 at-home “flu shots” that will boost your immune system naturally.
These six shots are made up of real food ingredients that boost your body’s immune system to naturally ward off colds and flus. Some of the below are made with a juicer, although if you want to boost your immune system and do not have a juicer or do not wish to invest in one, you can increase the amount of the particular food you consume in your diet.
1) “Apple Cider Slammer”
Raw Apple cider vinegar is just that, a type of vinegar made from apple cider. This ‘Slammer’ contains beta-carotene, which possesses antioxidant properties that counteract the damage done by free radicals and in return helps boost your immune system. Find organic, raw unfiltered apple cider vinegar for maximum health benefits.
Shot Recipe: Shoot back a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar mixed with a tablespoon of filtered water. Can’t stomach it? I personally suggest mixing a tablespoon or two with a tall glass of cold water to dilute it and maybe a touch of raw honey. Suggested dose is a glass of this every morning and every evening.
2) “Green Machine”
Green leafy vegetables such as kale, spinach, Collard greens and parsley provide a significant amount of nutrients including but not limited to, magnesium, folate, and vitamin B6. These crucial nutrients play an important role in optimal immune health.
Shot Recipe: Toss together a selection of leafy greens in your juicer and enjoy. If you can’t swallow the taste of only vegetables in your juice, throw an apple through the juicer for some natural sweetness.
3) “Cod Liver Kiss”
Fermented Cod Liver Oil is a raw, traditionally fermented food. It contains more Vitamin A per unit weight than any other common food and is a great source of the ever important Omega-3 Fatty Acids. This powerhouse real food helps regulate and improve overall function of your immune system.
Shot Recipe: Fermented Cod Liver Oil comes in two forms. You can source it in its liquid form and take it daily as a shot, or you can choose to purchase it in capsule form. Personally, I prefer capsules. The flavor of Cod Liver Oil is not one of my favorites.
4) “Blueberry Blast”Blueberries are very high in antioxidants compared to other fruits and vegetables and contain powerful phytochemicals which give the fruit their deep blue color. A recent study done by the University of Oregon shared that the pterostilbene found in blueberries, when combined with vitamin D, boosts the body’s ability to fend off illness.
Shot Recipe: Juice a handful of blueberries and enjoy this sweet and sour drink. You can also simply increase your intake of blueberries if you do not own a juicer or wish to juice them.
5) “Carrot Kicker”
Carrots are a great source of beta carotene. One of beta carotene’s main roles is to support the body’s mucus membrane, which lines the respiratory and intestinal tracts. A strong lining makes it more difficult for bacteria to enter the bloodstream and cause you trouble.
Shot Recipe: Juice a handful of carrots and enjoy. Don’t have a juicer? Do your best to incorporate carrots into the upcoming weeks menus!
6) “Lemon & Ginger Drop”
Lemon and Ginger are a powerhouse duo. This
couple not only supports a strong immune system by the lemon’s Vitamin C content, but together they help fight off an oncoming illness. Lemon juice’s anti-inflammatory qualities soothe sore throats and irritated membranes while the ginger helps cleanse your system.
Shot Recipe: Add a tablespoon of freshly squeezed lemon juice to 3 tablespoons of water. Grate or juice a pinch of ginger and enjoy. Instead of taking this as a shooter, I prefer to take it as a hot tea with half a lemon and a teaspoon of grated ginger.
** As the shots are made up of real food, you should be able to take them any time you would like! If you find that you are feeling digestive distress, keep in mind that it is probably a matter of cleansing and that junk needs to come out. Don't put your body under a lot of stress here. Continue taking the shots but you might need to back off a bit or do one every other day so as not to be in too much discomfort.
**Please remember that these are just some ways to boost your natural immunity and are not recommended as the only way to stay healthy this winter season.