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Festive Citrus Spice Immune Support drink


By Sue Bedford (MSc Nutritional Therapy)

It’s all about supporting our immune system as we near the middle of winter and beyond. The combination of the amazing ingredients in this shot help to do just that and pack a great nutritional punch which also helps to stabilise blood sugar and reduce inflammation and are great for our hormones and skin too.

Cinnamon is a warming spice which helps to stabilise glucose and triglyceride levels in the blood. It acts as a fantastic antiseptic and a powerful antioxidant which also helps to reduce inflammation in the body.

Ginger is great in shots as it provides us with many important nutrients including vitamin C, B5 and B6, and gives a powerful kick at the same time! Health wise it is  helps alleviate gastrointestinal issues, plays a role in reducing inflammation in the body, supports the immune system, rejuvenates skin and increases energy levels. It also contains anti- microbial properties.

Turmeric (as we have mentioned in a previous article) is and adaptogen contains a powerful compound called Curcumin which has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

Lemons are abundant in vitamin C and flavonoids, both powerful antioxidants, important in preventing free radical damage to cells, supporting the immune system, for skin health, increasing iron absorption from food, weight loss and the prevention of scurvy.

Fresh orange juice is fantastic nutritionally as it contains plenty of vitamin C, vitamin D,  folate, potassium and thiamine (vitamin B1). It also keeps you hydrated and is great for supporting the immune system.

Honey possesses an array of plant chemicals that act as antioxidants. It also contains antibacterial and antifungal properties (in particular raw and manuka honey).

These ingredients combined pack a great nutritional punch that not only provides us with immune system support but is also fab for the skin too!

How to make: 

*Squeeze the juice from 1 large lemon and 1 large orange into a jug and mix in 4 tsp of grated turmeric, ½ tsp cinnamon, 2 tsp of grated fresh ginger, 2 tablespoons of honey and 60 ml of hot water which has been boiled but allowed to cool.

*Stir the ingredients well, ensuring the honey is dissolved and store in an airtight container in the fridge.

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