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Flu season is still going strong and although you can get ill at any time of the year, germs tend to spread more in winter and fall.
Exposure to dry, indoor heat can dry out protective mucus membranes, making you more susceptible to microbes. Lack of vitamin D, which your body makes when exposed to sunlight, may also play a role. You may not be getting as much sun exposure as you do in summer, which could cause vitamin D levels to be low, and vitamin D is essential for immunity.Dr. Bill Rawls, M.D., medical director of Vital Plan
A healthy immune system reduces the chance of viral infection and flu. It is the first line of defense of our body against a harmful microorganism entering the body.
The following easy infused water recipes are packed with vital nutrients for everyday health or for fighting off the cold and flu. Check out these immunity-boosting drinks and pick your favorite one!
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How To Make Infused Water
The making of these tasty, immunity-boosting drinks is very simple and the preparation steps are pretty much the same, no matter what ingredients are you using.
- Wash the fruit and herbs thoroughly. Choose organic citrus fruits if you want to use them with their skin on. Otherwise, you might want to peel the skin off before placing them into the jar/bottle.
- Cut the fruit into smaller pieces and place it at the bottom of the jar. Add herbs or spices and gently crush the contents to release the flavor.
- Add water.
Filtered or Tap Water?
For these easy infused water recipes, you can definitely use a regular tap, filtered or bottled water.
But if you want to add some extra immunity benefits to your infused water, opt for Shungite water.
Shungite is a unique, healing mineral that comes from the only place on Earth – Karelia in Russia. It contains fullerenes – a special form of carbon considered to be the most powerful antioxidant capable to shield cells from free radicals.
With Shungite stones, you can turn your regular tap water into perfectly clean and healthy water that is packed with antioxidants and minerals.
Shungite water is biologically active water with antibacterial and antioxidant effects. Thanks to fullerenes it perfectly hydrates the whole body, washes away allergens and strengthens the immunity system.www.shungiteshop.online
There are many studies that show Shungite is capable of removing harmful substances from drinking water such as chlorine, heavy metals, pesticides, phenols, and dioxins.
Thanks to fullerenes that Shungite releases into the water, Shungite water has amazing benefits to our immune system. Pair Shungite water with some powerful fruits, herbs, and spices, and you´ll have a perfectly balanced drink to help you stay healthy during the flu season.
Add Some Flavor To Your Water
I picked my most favorite, easy infused water recipes to help you boost your immunity during the flu season.
1/ Lemon, Ginger & Thyme
This is an amazingly healthy drink that helps you to boost your immune system and removes toxins from your body. Lemon is packed with vitamin C and ginger is a miracle spice that is known to eliminate rhinoviruses, which cause colds.
Ginger root contains oils that have anti-inflammatory properties similar which make ginger root an excellent remedy for common colds and flu.
Adding thyme will make this drink even more powerful: this miracle herb is packed with vitamin C and is also a good source of vitamin A. If you feel a cold coming on, thyme can help get you back on track.
There is some preliminary evidence that using thyme along with other herbs may help relieve coughing in patients with upper respiratory infections or common colds. Some studies also indicate that herbal combinations that include thyme may help relieve symptoms of bronchitis.www.verywellfit.com
2/ Grapefruit and Rosemary
This is a wonderful, slightly bitter drink that helps your immunity to work properly, to detox your body, and what’s even better – it beats the tummy bloat!
By adding a few drops of Grapefruit seed extract supplement, you will get an ultimate anti-bacterial drink. According to research, grapefruit seed extract contains powerful antimicrobial compounds that can kill more than 60 types of bacteria and yeasts.
Rosemary, known to help improve the immune system and circulation brings its own wonderful herbal zing to this drink.
You will need:
- grapefruit, sliced, zest removed
- few stalks of rosemary
- few drops of Grapefruit seed extract
- filtered or Shungite water
3/ Lemon & Turmeric
This is a very interesting combination that works great when you need a little boost to your health and immunity. Lemon is rich in vitamin C known for antioxidant properties that can help to protect your cells from harmful bacteria and viruses.
Turmeric is considered to be one of the most powerful nutritional supplements in existence. It contains curcumin – a substance with strong anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. I love New Roots organic turmeric powder – great for drinks, smoothies, shakes or spicy meals!
To make this drink, you will need:
- sliced lemon
- sliced grapefruit
- 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric powder
- filtered or Shungite or filtered water
4/ Pomegranate, orange and cinnamon
This infused water recipe is packed with nutrients: the oranges and pomegranate are rich in Vitamin C, fiber, minerals and bioactive plant compounds such as Potassium.
Cinnamon contains antioxidants that have powerful anti-inflammatory properties.
Whether taken in the form of its pure bark, essential oils, powder, or as a supplement, cinnamon is antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, immunity-boosting and has potential cancer and heart disease-protecting abilities.Stephanie Papadakis, nutritionist
You will need:
- sliced orange
- ½ pomegranate
- few sticks of Ceylon cinnamon (broken up into smaller pieces)
- filtered or Shungite water
A Few Extra Tips
If you have the option, choose high-quality organic fruits and herbs when infusing water. Otherwise, make sure to remove the skin from citruses before using them.
If you want to use herbs for your drink but you don’t have them growing in your backyard here is a great hack to prepare herb ice cubes:
Cut various herbs such as mint and rosemary, distribute them evenly into the ice cube tray and fill up with water. This way you’ll have them fresh and ready for your infused water, smoothie or even for cooking!
To enjoy your immunity-boosting water drink, allow at least 4 hours or even refrigerate overnight for the fruit and herbs to infuse completely.
Which of these easy infused water recipes have inspired you? Let us know in the comments!