When the weather gets chilly and we all head inside, germs spread quickly. I can’t even count how many colds my daughter picked up from school last year—it seemed like as soon as she had recovered from one, she’d come down with another. And then I’d end up catching them too!
12 Recipes to Boost Your Immune System
This year, I’m prepared. Immune-boosting ingredients like ginger, turmeric, probiotics, plus plenty of vitamins, and these immunity-boosting recipes will help fight off the crud and keep your immune system strong. Ready to give them a try? Scroll down to find out more.
To keep your immune system humming, whip up this sweet, tart smoothie with grapefruit as well as ginger, beets, chia seeds, and yogurt for probiotics.
The trio of carrots, ginger, and orange, combined with probiotics to boost gut health, make this tangy drink a cold-fighting powerhouse.
Nourish your body and your soul with this warming, creamy soup. A drizzle of olive oil helps your body absorb its nutrients.
We’ll show you how to make an oxymel at home—it’s a combination of apple cider vinegar and honey infused with immunity-boosting herbs.
For a warming spice, try adding cinnamon sticks to infused water. Cinnamon is a powerful antimicrobial, helps to stabilize blood sugar, and is an efficient metabolism booster [source]. Pomegranate seeds and oranges add a dose of vitamin C plus some skin-loving antioxidants.
Combining chamomile-infused apple cider vinegar with ginger, turmeric, and raw honey results in an immune-boosting elixir to help you fight colds.
Native Americans once held the secret to the healing properties of Echinacea (also known as purple coneflower) [source], but it’s now used by millions of consumers worldwide to support a healthy immune system.
If switchel sounds like an old-timey drink, that’s because it is! It’s made with lemon, apple cider vinegar, and raw honey, and its use dates back to Colonial times [source].
Use elderberry syrup preventatively once a day during the cold season. Rich in vitamin C and anti-inflammatory properties, elderberries have been used for flu and sinus infections for a very long time [source].
Try these juice recipes to boost the immune system and maintain good hydration while you’re sick.
12. Camu Camu Pumpkin Spice Balls
These Camu Camu Pumpkin Spice Balls are a delicious way to boost your immunity—thanks to vitamin C-rich camu camu powder [source].
Pumpkin Spice Superfood Balls
- Baking sheet or plate
- Food processor
- Airtight storage container
- Soak the dates for 10 minutes in warm water before draining and patting dry.
- Place dates in a food processor with the vanilla extract and pulse until crumbled.
- Add the walnuts, coconut, maca, camu camu and pumpkin spice, ginger and salt and pulse.
- Add the pumpkin puree a little at a time while pulsing. It should form a sticky ball of dough.
- Place the dough in the fridge for 20 minutes to firm up.
- Roll into balls and dust with shredded coconut.
- Store in an airtight container in the fridge.
This article was medically reviewed by Dr. Gina Jansheski, a licensed, board-certified physician with over 20 years of experience in practice. Learn more about Hello Glow’s medical reviewers here. As always, this is not personal medical advice, and we recommend that you talk with your doctor before using this recipe to determine what’s best for you.7