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
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
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
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
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.
Alexander Vdovin, plastic surgeon
I 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.