A per­son­’s immune sys­tem is their best friend when it comes to dis­ease pre­ven­tion. In order for it to be strong and con­fi­dent­ly repel the attacks of virus­es and bac­te­ria, you need to lead a healthy lifestyle that excludes bad habits. And to help the immune sys­tem cope with harm­ful pathogens in the sea­son of colds, deli­cious for­ti­fied drinks can help. Their great advan­tage is that they can be pre­pared just at home!

1. Apple, carrot and orange

A drink made from these fruits is rich in antiox­i­dants and vit­a­mins, which have great poten­tial in the fight against virus­es. Antiox­i­dants make this drink a great help in main­tain­ing youth­ful and beau­ti­ful skin. But you should drink it once a day, since car­rots in excess can cause carotene jaun­dice (dark­en­ing of the skin due to the accu­mu­la­tion of carotene).

How to cook? Pre­pare the ingre­di­ents: Peel and quar­ter 1 apple, 1 orange and 2 large car­rots. Pass the fruits through the juicer. Keep the drink in the refrig­er­a­tor, but do not store it for more than two days.

2. Sea buckthorn and honey

2. Sea buckthorn and honey

Clin­i­cal tri­als have con­firmed that sea buck­thorn is effec­tive in pre­vent­ing influen­za, which means that fruit drinks pre­pared on its basis can increase the body’s defense func­tions and improve the well-being of those who are already sick. Sea buck­thorn con­tains vit­a­mins C and F, as well as group B, which sup­port the pro­tec­tive func­tions of the body.

How to cook? Crush 1 cup fresh or frozen sea buck­thorn berries with a food proces­sor until you get a paste. Pour the result­ing mix­ture with one liter of water, add hon­ey to taste. Insist 15 min­utes. Drink chilled.

3. Beets, carrots, ginger and turmeric

A four-ingre­di­ent drink is good for calm­ing inflam­ma­tion in the body and boost­ing the immune sys­tem. It is also use­ful for reliev­ing sore throats, as well as for diges­tive dis­or­ders. And for those peo­ple who wake up tired ear­ly in the morn­ing, the drink will pro­vide a long-term boost of ener­gy.

How to cook? Pre­pare the ingre­di­ents: Peel a small beet­root and three medi­um-sized car­rots and cut them in half. Divide a large orange into quar­ters. Peel the root of fresh gin­ger and turmer­ic and sep­a­rate 3 cm from the root. Pass all the fruits through a juicer. If desired, add a pinch of cayenne pep­per to the fin­ished drink.

Did you know?

There is a direct rela­tion­ship between the work of immu­ni­ty and night rest and nutri­tion. If a per­son eats poor­ly and sleeps lit­tle at night, mal­func­tions of the immune sys­tem occur, which leads to more fre­quent and severe infec­tious dis­eases.

4. Turmeric, ginger, lemon

4. Turmeric, ginger, lemon

If you don’t like cock­tails made from fruits and veg­eta­bles, pre­pare fra­grant hot tea based on them. It will warm in bad weath­er, will help get rid of tox­ins and increase immu­ni­ty.

This drink will also help to add strength when a per­son feels unwell. Its indis­putable advan­tage is that tea can be pre­pared in advance and stored in the refrig­er­a­tor. And if you want to enjoy it — just warm it up.

How to cook? Com­bine in a saucepan six cups of water with one fresh gin­ger root, peeled and fine­ly chopped. Put the saucepan on the fire and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to a min­i­mum and sweat the future tea for anoth­er 10 min­utes. Add three cin­na­mon sticks, one tea­spoon of ground turmer­ic and a pinch of cayenne pep­per and cook over low heat for anoth­er 10 min­utes. In a hot drink, add the juice of 3 lemons. Use the result­ing tea leaves to make hot tea. Store the tea leaves in the refrig­er­a­tor in a closed con­tain­er.

5. Apple, cucumber and spinach

This drink is the healthy ver­sion of green smooth­ies. But it is sweet­er and con­tains more vit­a­mins, min­er­als and antiox­i­dants need­ed to strength­en the immune sys­tem.

How to cook? Blend one cup of chopped fresh spinach, one green apple, quar­tered, and half a chopped cucum­ber in a blender. Add to the result­ing mix­ture the juice of one lemon and one cup of water, half of 1 tea­spoon. table­spoons of grat­ed gin­ger. Drink imme­di­ate­ly after prepa­ra­tion.

6. Milk, ginger and turmeric

A pop­u­lar name for this drink is gold­en milk with turmer­ic. Sci­en­tif­ic stud­ies show that the cur­cum­in found in turmer­ic is an effec­tive antibac­te­r­i­al, antivi­ral, and anti­fun­gal agent, mak­ing it a good addi­tion to meals dur­ing the cold sea­son. The effec­tive­ness of turmer­ic is sup­port­ed by antiox­i­dants from gin­ger, and vit­a­mins and fat­ty acids from milk. Gold­en milk is very use­ful both for the pre­ven­tion of colds and in its treat­ment.

How to cook? Boil 1 cup milk, add ¼ tsp. table­spoons turmer­ic pow­der, ½ tsp. table­spoons of gin­ger pow­der, 1 crushed cin­na­mon stick and a small pinch of black pep­per. If desired, you can sweet­en the drink with fresh hon­ey. Drink warm.

Did you know?

There are spe­cial drugs that stim­u­late the immune sys­tem. But they are pre­scribed only for very seri­ous indi­ca­tions and require a pre­scrip­tion from a doc­tor. Over-the-counter immunomod­u­la­tors, like dietary sup­ple­ments, are most like­ly a sham.

7. Matcha and coconut milk

7. Matcha and coconut milk

This is a recipe for a deli­cious and incred­i­bly healthy lat­te with Matcha tea. It is rich in antiox­i­dants. Accord­ing to approx­i­mate esti­mates of sci­en­tists, their con­tent in one cup of the drink exceeds the con­cen­tra­tion in 10 cups of ordi­nary green tea.

Matcha com­bined with coconut milk strength­ens the immune sys­tem, increas­es the sup­ply of antiox­i­dants and boosts ener­gy.

How to cook? 1 tea­spoon pour a spoon­ful of matcha tea in half a glass of hot water. Using a bam­boo whisk, beat the result­ing mix­ture until a green fluffy foam is obtained. Enter hot coconut milk and sweet­en with sug­ar or hon­ey if desired. Drink hot.

8. Cranberries and sweetener

Cran­ber­ries have long been val­ued for their high antiox­i­dant prop­er­ties. It effec­tive­ly resists virus­es and bac­te­ria, which is suc­cess­ful­ly con­firmed by the stud­ies. And its sour taste will be appre­ci­at­ed by peo­ple who are strug­gling with morn­ing sick­ness.

By the way, just half a cup of fresh cran­ber­ries replen­ish­es 25% of the dai­ly require­ment of the body in vit­a­min C.

How to cook? Grind one cup of cran­ber­ries with 4 tbsp. table­spoons of sug­ar, enter 1 liter of water. Shake the drink before drink­ing.

9. Lemon, coffee and cardamom

Pop­u­lar­ly, this drink is known as ice cof­fee with lemon. Its use is asso­ci­at­ed with an increase in immu­ni­ty, a decrease in the lev­el of inflam­ma­tion in the body and the risk of a num­ber of chron­ic dis­eases. You can drink it in the amount of 3–4 cups a day.

How to cook? Pre­pare half a liter of fil­tered cof­fee, add 4 car­damom seeds and sug­ar to taste. Pour the cooled cof­fee into a carafe, add sliced ​​half lemon wedges and top with ice cubes. Store in refrig­er­a­tor.

10. Rosehip and black tea

10. Rosehip and black tea

Rose hips are a store­house of vit­a­min C. They also abound in B vit­a­mins, which strength­en the ner­vous sys­tem and main­tain a good emo­tion­al state of a per­son. Hav­ing pre­pared hot tea on their basis, you can quick­ly warm up and increase the pro­tec­tive func­tions of the body.

How to cook? Break one hand­ful of rose hips with a ham­mer and trans­fer to a ther­mos. Pour 3 liters of boil­ing water, add 3–4 tsp. spoons of black tea leaves and sweet­en with sug­ar. The next morn­ing the drink will be ready. It should be drunk hot.

Expert com­ment

Alexan­der Vdovin, plas­tic sur­geon

Vdovin.jpgI have a few favorite drinks for the autumn-win­ter peri­od. First of all, it is, of course, cran­ber­ry juice. Cran­ber­ries con­tain an increased amount of vit­a­min C, cran­ber­ry juice even low­ers the tem­per­a­ture.

I like when the drink has the most intense taste. There­fore, I take at least 500 grams of fresh (or frozen) cran­ber­ries for a 2.5–3 liter saucepan. While the water boils, wipe the berries with sug­ar (sug­ar to taste based on 1 liter of water 0.5 cups of sug­ar). As soon as the water boils, spread the mix­ture of sug­ar and cran­ber­ries, bring to a boil, turn off the pan and leave to infuse and cool. After that, we fil­ter the result­ing broth from the rem­nants of the berries and get a fra­grant and rich fruit drink.

The sec­ond drink is tea with gin­ger. Gin­ger is just a store­house for immu­ni­ty, it con­tains essen­tial oils, a spicy taste, many use­ful vit­a­mins, and also a nat­ur­al antiox­i­dant gin­gerol, which has anti-inflam­ma­to­ry and antivi­ral effects. On a grater we rub fresh gin­ger root, which first needs to be peeled and washed. Pour tea leaves into the teapot (the amount depends on how strong tea you like), put gin­ger, pour boil­ing water and let it brew. In tea, you can add at your dis­cre­tion a slice of lemon, hon­ey, sbiten. The most con­ve­nient way for such tea, of course, is to use a glass or porce­lain teapot with a sep­a­rate strain­er.

The third drink is rose­hip decoc­tion. Rose­hip also con­tains large amounts of vit­a­min C, has an anti-inflam­ma­to­ry effect, helps with coughs (thinns phlegm) and hyper­ten­sion (reduces blood pres­sure). It is eas­i­est to cook it: a hand­ful of wild rose (about 100 grams), rinse under run­ning water and pour boil­ing water for a while (for 30 min­utes). After that, put the berries in a small ther­mos (500 ml), pour boil­ing water, close the lid and let it brew. The drink can be added to tea or tak­en sep­a­rate­ly — half a cup (100–150 grams) three times a day to boost immu­ni­ty.

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