When I made the switch to raw foods, my immunity went through the roof! I totally breezed through my first winter on raw foods (in Rhode Island, surrounded by sick people all season) without a single illness–the first time in my entire life.
This was one of the main reasons that inspired me to really stick with this lifestyle–feeling so powerful against what we’ve come to call “the common cold”. It’s certainly no longer common to me. This is not to say I’m invincible, so whenever I’m experiencing higher levels of stress, travel or less than adequate sleep, I have a few tricks up my sleeve to make sure I don’t catch anything. I love taking a daily, high quality multivitamin along with a dose of probiotics.
Our immunity actually begins in our gut, so it’s really important to keep a good balance of healthy flora. For those very rare moments when I feel the slightest tickle in my throat, I created this drink to nip it in the bud. I’ve had a lot of success with this as I feel it is the perfect blend of simple and accessible cold kickin’ foods.
Ginger, garlic and raw honey are all antibacterial and antiviral. Honey soothes the throat–if you can get powerful Manuka honey, even better. Cayenne increases circulation and will give you an instant internal warmth if you’re starting to feel a bit of a chill. And of course the abundance of citrus will flood your body with with an immune boost of vitamin C. Give this a try if you’re feeling under the weather.
Your body is a powerful self-healer when you give it the love it deserves!
- 4 small oranges
- 1 lemon
- 1 grapefruit
- 1-2 tablespoons raw honey
- 1” cube ginger
- 2 cloves garlic
- pinch of cayenne