Currently my office is a war zone. It is hand sanitizer and Airborne verses the flu germs, and people are dropping right and left. Sick time is at a high and I am determined not to use any. Just when we thought the cold and flu season was behind us, it struck hard. Spring? What are you doing?!?!?! Isn’t is all supposed to be flowers and sunny patios from here on out.
I have been hearing lots of stories about how flu season is either lingering around or coming super late this year. So I thought it was high time to share this pleasantly fizzy and tasty immune tonic. I have been drinking it 1) because DELICIOUS (most importantly) and 2) I am trusting it to bump up my immune system and help be escape the season unscathed.
Now, don’t let the fancy pants name fool you. This drink uses everyday ingredients to bolster our immune systems. No need to order camu camu powder or elderberry syrup for this recipe. Those ingredients are super immunity boosters to be sure, but the chances that I have them in my cupboard when the flu bug strikes is slim. So today I am reaching for more common “superfoods”.
So, just how is this pretty little drink going to help us stay healthy?
Oranges are high in vitamin C. Say hello to the prime ingredient of those over the counter fizzy immune system drinks. Whether you prefer it in a tablet or out of a packet, these drinks rely on Vitamin C for their immune bolstering powers. Vitamin C can help to improve immune function as well as improve overall health. Since the orange juice is squeezed fresh by our own hands (or juicers) in this recipe, we can be sure the juice is nutritious as possible. Bottled and frozen juices loose nutrients in pasteurization.
Ginger is an immunity hero. It can activate white blood cells that destroy viruses. Ginger also warms the body and helps to break down and prevent the accumulation of toxins in the body which make us more susceptible to infections.
Turmeric has been climbing the popularity chain recently, and for good reason. I make sure to eat turmeric every single day. It helps the body do about one million different things (okay, slight exaggeration), but specifically relating to immunity, it helps your body fight off bacteria, viruses, and fungi that can make you sick.
Combining these three super immunity ingredients together and topping them with sparkling water makes for one healthy and tasty drink. Drinking this Sparkling Immunity Juice is 10,000 X better than laying in bed with a box of tissues and a bottle of flu medicine on the nightstand. Promise.
- 2 cups freshly squeezed orange juice
- 1 inch knob ginger
- 1 inch knob turmeric
- 2 teaspoons honey, optional
- 1 cup sparkling water (more or less to taste)
- Combine the orange juice, ginger, turmeric, and honey in a blender. Blend until smooth.
- Strain the juice through a fine mesh sieve or piece of cheesecloth. Pour into glasses and top each glass with desired amount of sparkling water.