12 Immunity Boosting Juice Recipes
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These days, more than ever, having a strong immune system is an important defense against emerging viruses and illnesses. While a healthy diet and regular exercise help your immune system, there are immune boosting combinations of juices that will help keep your body ready to fight any invisible internal war.
We’ve brought together 12 of our favorite juice mixes that not only taste great, but each will give your immune system fuel to fight at tip top shape, as well as support your body with vitamins, amino acids and anti-oxidants.
The Green Monster
The Green Monster is not as intimidating as it sounds. It’s a monster because it is like a feral monster going after all the viruses and infections that try to sneak into your body, and, well, it’s green!
- 2 cups raw spinach
- 2 oranges
- 2 stalks of celery
- 1 inch cube of ginger root
Peel and cut each ingredient to fit into your juicer. Then pass them all through the juicer, one after the other. Down that Green Monster and you’ll get an instant kick of energy from the orange and spinach, a great settled stomach feeling from the celery, and the ginger will kickstart your day.
If you don’t have a juicer that can handle leafy greens, don’t worry. Juice the oranges, celery and ginger, then combine with the spinach in a blender with some ice cubes and make it into a smoothie!
The Spicy Sipper
Careful with this one, it packs one hell of a punch! It’s a spicy, refreshing juice that works superbly at filling you with vitamin C, anti-oxidants, and even some anti-bacterial goodness.
- 1 inch cube fresh turmeric
- 1 inch cube fresh ginger
- 1 lemon
Working best with masticating juicers to get the most out of it, this is quite literally a shot glass worth of juice that will still knock you flat. Turmeric is the ingredient that gives curries their bright yellow color, and also packs anti-oxidants in each drop. Ginger is known to provide anti-oxidants and immune boosting polyphenols. Lemon is packed with vitamin C and adds a sour counter to the spice of the other two juices.
As the name suggests, this is either a one-and-done down the hatch shot (if you’re particularly brave), or a sipper to enjoy beside a cup of tea.
The Morning Glow
As the name suggests, this is an immunity boosting juice that just happens to also work very well to have beside your breakfast!
- 2 medium to large carrots, tops trimmed
- 1 granny smith apple, quartered and cored
- 1 orange, peeled
Rinse everything thoroughly, then juice them according to the recommendations of your juicer. The orange contains massive amounts of vitamin C to get your immune system humming. The carrot comes in from the left with enough beta-carotene to make you glow in the dark, hence The Morning Glow. Both are countered from the right with the tartness of the granny smith apple, which also carries phytochemical anti-oxidants and soluble fibers, which help fight viruses and boosts your immune response to bacterial invasions.
Pumpkin Seed Milk
No, you do not need to go out into a pumpkin patch in the early morning and milk a pumpkin to get pumpkin milk. What you do need is a bit of patience, a really good blender or juicer that lets you keep the pulp, and a way to get moderately fresh, raw pumpkin seeds
- 1 cup raw pumpkin seeds
- 3 cups water, filtered if at all possible
- Pinch of sea salt
The first thing that needs to happen, and what requires the most patience, is that you will need to soak the pumpkin seeds in water for 8 hours. Generally, a medium bowl should hold the cup of pumpkin seeds without issue. Cover the seeds of water and add a tiny pinch of sea salt, then cover with a tea towel.
After 8 hours, discard of the soaking water. The salt will have drawn out the bitter enzymes and anti-nutrients in the seeds, and you don’t want them in your milk. Rinse the seeds several times, to get any remaining enzymes and anti-nutrients off of them.
Dump the seeds, the 3 cups of filtered water, and the inch of sea salt into a blender, and blitz for 30 to 60 seconds. You want to blend until the seeds are completely obliterated. The milk should have a slightly white-green tint to it.
This milk will last 2 to 3 days in the fridge if you want to get maximum nutritional benefits. It is packed with vitamins A, C, and B-6. It also contains magnesium and zinc, two vital minerals for bone and skin health. Pumpkin seed milk is also known to promote kidney and bladder health, on top of boosting the immune system.
Beet ‘Em Up
This juice is a combination of all the best vegetables and fruits to get your immune system in the gym and training hard. Based around beets, it also provides natural sugars for energy, phytochemicals, and polyphenols. And on top of that… it tastes great!
- 2 beets, peeled and cut up to fit into your juicer
- 3 carrots, washed
- 1 green apple, cored
- 1 inch cube of ginger
- 1 lemon
Pass all the ingredients through your juicer. Drink heartily and be healthy! The sweetness of the beets, the sour of the lemon, and the tart of the ginger and apple do mix quite well to make a juice that is flavorful, but doesn’t linger on the tongue like some juices do.
The Mighty Green
This juice is mighty, mostly because it comes in with a one two punch of both immunity boosting nutrients and vital phytochemicals to fight off bacteria. It also has the benefit of being extremely hydrating, and helps fight inflammation.
- 1 broccoli stem, no florets
- 1 cucumber
- 2 to 3 leaves of fresh kale
- 2 to 3 pears
- 1 lemon
Cucumbers are known to boost water retention and uptake, improving your hydration. Pears are known to be both extremely delicious, and carry natural anti-inflammatories. Broccoli stems are full of complex fiber and anti-contaminants, improving your digestion. Lemons and kale are both chock full of vitamins. No wonder this is a mighty combination.
Strawberry Mango Banana Smoothie
No fancy name for this one. What’s on the label is what is on the tin. Vitamins A, C, and E. Iron. Folate. Tasty as well!
- 10 strawberries
- 1 mango, cored and skinned
- 1 banana
- Orange juice, either fresh or store bought
This smoothie can also be made with frozen strawberries and mangos. Put everything into a blender with some ice cubes and blitz until thick and smooth.
The Flu Fighter Shot
This one may not taste as glorious as everything else, but it will kick your immune system square in the butt and get it rampaging against the flu. It’s also a great booster shot even when you don’t have a cold or flu.
- 1 lemon
- 1 orange
- 1 inch ginger cube
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 clove garlic, minced and set aside for 10 minutes
- Pinch of cayenne pepper
- ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder
- Pinch of black pepper
- 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- 1 tablespoon hot water
Juice the lemon, orange, and ginger into a glass. Add honey, turmeric powder, and hot water. Stir until the honey is incorporated. Dump in everything else, stir vigorously. Pinch your nose, down it in one go.
The honey, ginger, and turmeric all carry anti-oxidants. The black pepper is there to kickstart the turmeric’s active ingredient, cucumin. Orange and lemon juice are both packed with vitamin C, with the orange juice also carrying folate and potassium. Garlic is a traditional immune system booster, and has been known to help clear out sinuses due to its pungency.
Ginger helps reduce the nausea and aches of the flu, while also boosting digestion. Cayenne carries capsaicin, the active ingredient in spicy hot peppers, which will boost your metabolism. And apple cider vinegar, which has traditionally been consumed all the way back to the times of the Roman Empire, is known to give the body a little kick, as well as killing acid-sensitive bacteria that can live in the mouth and throat.
The only downside is that this shot, while extremely healthy, will probably also kick you square in the butt on flavor.
Kale Pineapple Juice
Do you think we’d list out all these immune boosting juices and not mention the most classic of classic immunity boosters? The grandfather of pretty much the entire immunity boosting juice recipes, this one has been around since the first juicers were powered by hand cranks.
- ¼ fresh pineapple, chunked
- 4 fresh kale leaves, roughly chopped
- 4 swiss chard leaves or large spinach leaves
- 1 lime
Shove everything into the juicer and extract the delicious juices. This juice will power you up with vitamins A, C, K, B-6, as well as giving you calcium, potassium, and magnesium minerals. The pineapple juice, much like pear juice, carries natural anti-inflammatories, as well as carries some soluble fiber to help your digestion. The lime adds the tart punch needed to make the juice refreshing, and the spinach or swiss chard gives you the phytochemicals you need to get your immune system buzzing.
The Minty Melon
Surprisingly, not many people think of watermelon as an immune booster fruit, yet it carries within its green striped rind a cornucopia of beneficial phytochemicals and amino acids.
- 1 small watermelon, or ½ a medium or large one, deseeded and roughly chopped
- 1 tablespoon approx. of fresh mint leaves
You don’t even need a juicer for this recipe, although if you wanted to, nothing wrong with it. It’s just that watermelon is already so light and juicy it’s much better off being tossed into a blender with some mint. Blitz until it’s all incorporated. If you want, add ice cubes to make a smoothie.
The biggest contributor that watermelon brings to the table is the amino acid L-citrulline, which is an active amino acid that relieves sore muscles and joint pain. Mint carries an arsenal of anti-viral and anti-bacterial benefits in its small leaves, as well as aids in digestion. Mint has also aided with controlling inflammation.
If you want to add a bigger vitamin kick to your juice, add the juice of a lime into the blender while mixing. It carries a tartness to counter the sweetness of the watermelon, and also carries densely packed vitamin C.
Hot Ginger Sipper
There’s something about having a nice hot drink when you’re under the effects of the flu or a cold that just makes you feel so much better. It’s also great when you can use that hot drink to carry some immune boosting goodness into you as well.
- 2 inch cube ginger, or decent peeled ginger root knob
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 lemon
- ¾ of a tea mug of boiled water
Juice the ginger and lemon together. You’ll probably get enough juice to make 2 to 4 cups of the hot ginger. Add the ginger-lemon juice to the boiled water, and drizzle in the honey while stirring. Sip as you are able.
The honey, apart from being a natural sweetener, coats the throat as it goes down, helping relieve throat soreness. Lemon juice, when hot, gives off a great aroma as well as carries vitamin C. The ginger will kickstart your immune system as well as settle the stomach if you have the flu, giving you a little relief from that ugly upset stomach feeling.
Raw pumpkin juice is LOADED with amazing benefits. Boost your mood and your immune system with this delicious recipe. A slow juicer can juice these ingredients easily and produce a smooth juice. If using a centrifugal juicer, a little more pumpkin may be needed as the juice yield is not as high as that of a slow juicer.
- ½ a small pumpkin with stem and seeds removed, leave skin on
- 1 red apple
- ½ lemon with peel removed
- 1-inch chunk of ginger root with skin removed
Pumpkin is a good source of vitamins A, C, E and the B vitamins and dietary fiber. Mineral wise, it’s rich with potassium, iron, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, copper, manganese, sodium and zinc. AMAZING!
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