Whenever I feel a little run down or my body is trying to fight something off, I get out my handy blender and whip up this concoction to boost my immune system. Last weekend, it did the trick (I actually made it 3 times!). This smoothie is packed full of vitamin C from the pineapple, orange and lemon. Pineapple also aids in digestion and by now we know that 70% of our immune system resides in our gut. Ginger helps to boost our immune system as well with its diaphoretic and anti-inflammatory effects. Finally, the cayenne adds a little more punch and works as an anti-microbial and gets your blood moving. You could even throw some turmeric powder in there as well to combat inflammation. So try this out next time you are feeling a little run down and remember to take your vitamin D and your favourite cold busting formula as well.
Pineapple Orange Immune Boosting Smoothie:
- 1/2 cup 100% pineapple juice (or frozen pineapple)
- 1 small/medium orange, peeled
- 1 small nob ginger (to taste - I like mine spicy so I know it is working!)
- juice of 1/2 lemon
- pinch of cayenne
- 2-3 ice cubes (if prefer cold)
Blend all ingredients together in a high speed blender and enjoy! Feel the powers of food working to fight off any colds & flus.
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In health & happiness,
(This recipe was adapted from OhSheGlows.)