Our bodies have their very own, natural ways of fighting off colds, and you can help your body’s defenses by feeding it the right nutrients. Juicing is an easy to way to get your body tons of vitamins, antioxidants and minerals, without burdening it with the work of digestion. These three fresh juice recipes for colds have the nutrients your body needs to stimulate the immune system and help you stay well.
There’s no special formula for getting the right juicing combination. There are some basic principles to apply, and after that, it’s all a matter of taste. You will need a base (veggies and fruits that produce a lot of liquid – cucumbers, celery, carrots, apples), a vitamin booster (beets, leafy greens, fruits), a super food to enrich with vitamins and minerals (this one is optional), a flavorful ingredient (aromatic herbs, spices).
Here are some of the main juicing ingredients for fighting the cold:
Beets, carrots, cucumbers, celery, kale, spinach are all powerful antioxidants with liver detox effects, helping to strengthen your immune system
Apples, citrus fruits (lemons, grapefruits, lime), and berries are loaded with vitamin C, which your body cells consume in high amounts when your immune system is in flu-alert.
Turmeric, spirulina and bee pollen bring a plus of vitamins, mineral and essential fatty acids to help your cells activity and sustain the immunity system
The right proportions vary on what type of nutrient you wish to feed your body with – you can add an apple or a lemon to trick the earthy taste of the beet root juice if you want to nourish your body with minerals and detox antioxidants, or you can make a citrus-only juice for a vitamin C kick.
3 Cold-Buster Juices
These recipes are perfectly adapted to the season, as they’re packed with fresh veggies that you can find in autumn at any farmers’ market (beet, butternut squash, cucumbers) and also fresh fruits and superfoods.
1. Beet Detox Juice
Beets contain a unique phytonutrient called betanin, with powerful antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and detox effects. Combine them with the vitamin C from apples and spinach, and you’ve got yourself a fantastic juice to help you fight cold and flu attacks.
- 1 large beet root
- 1 green apple
- 1 handful fresh spinach leaves
- 2 cucumbers
2. Pink Power Pomegranate Citrus Energy Juice
Grapefruits and lemons are packed with vitamin C, which is known to reduce cold symptoms, while the glucose in pomegranate will give your brain a boost of energy first thing in the morning. Add kale for antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects.
- The seeds from one large pomegranate
- 2 grapefruits
- 1 lemon
- 1 bunch of fresh kale
3. Sun Salutation Yellow Juice
A delicious cocktail of cold-fighting ingredients. Butternut squash nourishes with beta carotene and essential fatty acids, both with great anti-inflammatory action. Ginger promotes healthy sweating, helpful during colds, and lemon adds valuable vitamin C. A dose of turmeric provides super anti-inflammatory benefits.
- 1 medium butternut squash, peeled and seeds removed
- 2 lemons
- 2-inch piece of ginger, peeled
- 2 teaspoons turmeric powder