For several months now, one of the highest searched queries on search engines is how to boost the immune system.
And we all know why.
There’s a virus out there taking lives, and we all have to be safe from it.
While drinks may not help you stay safe and avoid contracting the coronavirus, you need something to help you battle the virus if you end up getting it.
That’s your immune system.
But, your immune system may not be strong enough to get you out of the situation if you don’t build it.
You know, so many things we do daily, like eating unhealthy foods, going months without exercising, and performing stressful tasks without getting adequate rest weakens our immune system.
Now is the time to find as many ways as possible to get your immune system back on track, and I’m here to help you.
One of the widely used methods to boost immunity is by taking healthy drinks. Sounds like fun, right?
Just sip some delicious juice that will power up your immune system.
The 10 drinks we’re about to give you are not only super tasty but are also quickly absorbed by the body. So, you’ll get the benefits quickly.
1. Orange and Tomato Juice
This one is a pretty uncommon juice. Not many people wake up in the morning to mix oranges and tomatoes in the blender.
However, this is one healthy drink you don’t want to miss out on.
Both oranges and tomatoes are very rich in vitamin C.
Vitamin C is not only best for healthy glowing skin and great joints. One of the most important benefits of vitamin C is its immune-boosting properties.
It has antioxidant properties that help defend your body against the actions of free radicals, therefore avoiding cell damage and diseases like cancer.
Vitamin C is also widely used to treat cold and flu symptoms. So, it is something you need in this fight against coronavirus.
Apart from the immune benefits, vitamin C also improves your iron absorption. Remember, iron is a major nutrient you need to stay strong.
The best thing to do when you want to make your orange and tomato juice is to head right to the shop where they are sold and purchase the raw fruit. Don’t get the already-made juices and mix them in a cup.
No, you wouldn’t be getting the best benefits.
Get a bag of oranges and tomatoes and squeeze out their liquid into a cup. If you want, you can use a blender to mix the fruits themselves.
2. Carrot Juice
Carrot is a nutritious vegetable people eat raw or use as an ingredient in various recipes. You shouldn’t only consume fruits to boost your immunity. You also need a lot of vegetables.
Why is carrot an important vegetable?
Carrot is a great choice for an immune-boosting juice because it contains beta-carotene in high quantities.
Beta-carotene is an antioxidant that is converted to vitamin A when it gets into your body. As we mentioned above, antioxidants prevent the action of free radicals which can damage your cells and lead to various health problems with your skin and other organs in your body.
Carrot antioxidants are even more special. They provide extra support to your immune system, helping you fight against allergies and viruses.
What type of carrot juice should you get? How do you make your carrot juice?
If you want to get an already processed juice, go for non-concentrated natural varieties. Make sure that they are 100% organic and have no added sugars or any additives. You only need the benefits the carrots provide. Nothing extra.
3. Watermelon, mint, and lime juice.
Sounds like a tasty cool drink already, right?
Watermelon is the ingredient we went for because it is not only tasty, but it also contains a very important naturally-occurring chemical known as lycopene.
We didn’t mention earlier that lycopene was in tomatoes, but it is there.
Lycopene gives both watermelon and tomatoes that bright red color.
However, it is not only a colorant. It is also an antioxidant that helps your immune system by fighting illnesses and preventing damages to your organs and cells.
Lime here is a citrus fruit that provides your body with the vitamin C that it needs. You need vitamin C to fight viruses that give cold and flu-like symptoms like coronavirus.
The entire combination – watermelon, vitamin C, and mint, all make for an incredibly delicious and refreshing drink.
You can get all the ingredients from your grocery store. Just like with the orange and tomato juice, don’t get a random mint and lime drink to mix with watermelon drink. Processed drinks have either lost some of their value or have some additives that are not good for your health, or both.
So, get about 2 watermelons, a basket of lime, and some mint, and make your delicious juice at home.
4. Berry smoothie.
Raspberries, blackberries, and blueberries are tasty and nutritious foods that you need more of.
You can easily suck on berries all day because they are that tasty. So, you may not see the need to take it as a smoothie.
But, let me tell you something:
Different berries have different health benefits for you. So, except you plan to take all the varieties of berries in one day; except you plan to have a basket containing a variety of berries with you everywhere you go, you should make a smoothie.
A smoothie allows you to mix up varieties of berries and get a uniquely-tasting highly nutritious drink that boosts your immune system.
All berries are rich in vitamin C and antioxidants, so you can use this to replace the orange and tomato juice, or better still, take them both. Aha!
There are so many berries smoothie recipes to choose from, and you can make yours up. One you can try is raspberry with blueberry and coconut milk.
That’s one delicious combination.
5. Green apple, carrot, and orange.
These are a fantastic combination for getting different vitamins and other nutrients that will help boost your immune system and fight off infections like coronavirus.
Let’s take a look at what each ingredient gives you.
Apples and oranges provide vitamin C which is a big immune system booster.
Carrot contains vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) that helps in the rapid multiplication (proliferation) of your immune cells, and also helps your body produce antibodies to attack the antigens that invade your body.
Apart from vitamin B6, carrot also contains vitamin A which is another important vitamin for a better immune system function. It is not present in carrots as vitamin A, but as beta-carotene – an antioxidant that helps you fight infections and prevents damage to your skin and other organs.
To prepare this juice, get some carrots, apples, and oranges from the market. Then, get a juicer to blend each ingredient, before finally blending together again.
You want it as smooth and delicious as possible.
6. Strawberry and Kiwi Smoothie
Sounds like a weird choice for a smoothie, right? Wait till you try it.
Both strawberry and kiwi are great options to include in any drink that is already loaded with various sources of vitamin C.
We would have suggested it as a juice, but we decided to go for a smoothie because it would take you at least 4 cups of strawberry to make 1 cup of juice, and that may be a pretty expensive task.
A recipe by Well Plated showed that you can include skimmed milk in your smoothie to make it even thicker and richer.
Skim milk is a good source of protein that has various health benefits including body repairs and strength. Skim milk is also a great source of vitamin D which supports a healthy and stronger immune system.
Why do we love the recipe with skim milk so much?
Many people lack the adequate amount of vitamin D. They do not step out in the morning to get some good vitamin D from the sunlight, and they do not eat plants like mushrooms that are rich in vitamin D they absorbed from the sunlight.
The only place they get vitamin D from is animal products, and this is not even so great. This vitamin is only present in small quantities. So, making this vegetable juice and mixing it with milk is one efficient way to get nutrients that boost your immune system against coronavirus infection.
One of the benefits of this smoothie is that it reduces your risk of respiratory illnesses.
More research is needed to determine if a high intake of vitamin D reduces the infection rates and severity of the symptoms of COVID-19.
7. Pumpkin Seed Juice.
When you take a look at many pumpkin juice recipes online, you’ll discover that most of them require you to add some sugar (lots of it) while others need you to get some apple juice from the store.
However, these things are not so great for your health.
Why take juice to boost your immune system and harm yourself in the process?
So, we came across a recipe by The Blender Girl, which involved using milk to make your pumpkin seed juice. If you want, you can even use this recipe as a base for a smoothie. It would come out great and highly nutritious.
Apart from giving your immune system a big boost, here are some of the other health benefits of taking pumpkin seed –
- It improves your hair and skin.
- It improves your mental health and prevents depression.
- It improves urinary health.
- Reduces menopause symptoms.
- Gives you stronger bones.
One other ingredient found in pumpkin seed is zinc – a good immune system booster that has been used to treat cold. It also has anti-inflammatory properties, keeping infection at bay.
8. Kale, Tomato, and Celery.
Tomato juice in this mix provides not only vitamin C but also magnesium, vitamin B6, vitamin B9, vitamin A, and vitamin K.
These are nutrients that boost your immune system, help in blood clotting, have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, and will help you fight infections.
Kale is an essential vegetable that provides your body with manganese, vitamin A, and vitamin C.
It is a strong recipe that provides anti-inflammatory action. All you need to do is blend each ingredient with your juicer and drink. Kale Mary is a truly delicious recipe that uses tomato juice instead of sweet fruits for the kale. So, you still get the taste.
9. Herbal Tea
Many families already take herbal tea for other things like weight loss. However, herbal tea has other benefits. Both green tea and chamomile tea contain phytochemicals that can boost your immune system.
They protect your body from infections that cause cold and flu symptoms.
Also, chamomile tea has anti-inflammatory properties, so if you already have an inflammation going on like a blocked nose, sore throat, or even boils, you can take the tea to help you relieve the pains and help you feel great again.
Changing your regular tea or coffee to herbal tea is a very good option you should try.
10. Apple and Spinach Smoothie
What do apple and spinach have in common?
So, when you take a smoothie made of these two ingredients, you will be enjoying a lot of vitamin C for your improving your immune system function.
It also contains antioxidants that help you fight infection.
While these are things you can consume directly as fruit or vegetable in salads and curries, you should try them out together as a smoothie. You’ll get a powerful mixture of ingredients.
It powers you up.
Never Stop Boosting Your Immune System.
You should never get tired of engaging in things that boost your immune system. While taking delicious juices and smoothies like the ones listed above, keep exercising, sleep for 7 to 8 hours daily, eat healthy foods, and use supplements to keep your immune system at the best levels every day.
Also, remember, the best juice is water. Stay hydrated always.