Feeling lethargic and under the weather? Boost your immunity with these simple, delicious and holistic solutions from Dr. Andrew Weil.
Start Every Day With an Antioxidant Mocktail Smoothie
Antioxidants are the first line of defense against the free radicals we don’t want in our bodies. This drink contains the anti-inflammatory antioxidants turmeric and ginger; frozen mango, a great source of vitamin C, which increases the production of white blood cells and antibodies; and unsweetened almond milk for vitamin E, which produces cells that destroy germs.
Swap Out Your Soda for Iced Astragalus Tea
Drinking this tea once a day will help boost and strengthen the immune system. It can also be useful in preventing sickness during cold and flu season.
Add Raw Crushed Garlic to Your Meals
Garlic offers a combination of flavonoids and sulfur molecules that act as both an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. These compounds also offer antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties. Nutritionally, garlic is an excellent source of manganese and provides vitamin B6, vitamin C and selenium. It can also help improve the metabolism of iron.
Ditch Ground Beef for Maitake Mushrooms
Maitake mushrooms have anticancer, antiviral and immune-system-enhancing effects and may also help control both high blood pressure and blood sugar levels.