There’s no worse feeling than that of a cold coming on — you can literally feel the germs invading your body, right? The symptoms are clear: You start to drag, and various parts of your body start hurting. To fend off those nasty germs, we consulted with a variety of experts (doctors, nurses, nutritionists and an acupuncturist) to find out their go-to, immune-boosting home remedies.
- Immune-Boosting Smoothie
Dr. Josh Axe, D.C., DNM, CNS, and author of “The Real Food Diet Cookbook” and”The Secret Detox and Healing Leaky Gut,” says smoothies are a great way to boost your immune system — as long as you include the right ingredients. “This immune-boosting smoothie is super effective: Strawberries are loaded with vitamin C (two cups’ worth has 300 percent of the recommended daily value), while mint has its own antioxidant power, improving the function of the digestive system,” he says. “Finally, ginger is a true superfood with multiple health benefits and has long been used in traditional Ayurvedic medicine to boost immunity and break down toxins within the body.”
6 to 8 mint leaves
1 red grapefruit, peeled
2 cups of strawberries (unfrozen)
1 small piece of fresh ginger
1/2 tablespoon of vanilla extract
1 cup of ice cubes
Just place ingredients in a high-speed blender, blend and serve. Makes a single serving.