3 Mocktails for Your Immune System

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3 Mocktails for Your Immune System

Allergies, colds, viruses and more — the list of potential hits to your immune system is daunting and can ruin your quality of life. Many people find themselves in a cycle of getting sick, and then briefly getting well only to get sick again. Beat the cycle of immune depletion by turning to your kitchen to keep your immune system as healthy as it can be. Integrated health expert and author of What Doctors Eat, Dr. Taz Bhatia, shares three mocktails that give your body nutrients.

Mango-Banana-Orange Colada

For a more tropical twist, this "colada" uses mango and banana mixed with coconut water and oranges for immune support any season. Mangos are high in vitamin A, an antibacterial and antiviral micronutrient, while potassium-rich bananas help to stabilize electrolytes and reduce excess sodium, another burden to the immune system. Oranges have the added benefit of vitamin C, giving this colada powerful antibacterial and antiviral properties. Mix these ingredients along with crushed ice for a thick, cold colada that does not need any additional sweeteners.

Get the recipe: Mango-Banana-Orange Colada

Exactly How to De-Escalate Aggression From a Stranger

Follow security Expert Bill Staton's important advice to keep yourself safe.

Have you ever had a tense interaction with a stranger in public? Perhaps your shopping carts accidentally knocked into each other or there was a misunderstanding in communication and the other person gets angry. You may wonder how you can de-escalate the aggression and exit the situation safely. So security expert Bill Stanton has your go-to advice for staying alert and protecting yourself in the face of verbal aggression and physical attacks.

THE INITIAL INTERACTION

Bill Stanton: "It always starts with something small, like someone being too close to you, or even more common, you get bumped by a shopping cart. You want to look at their eyes first -it may reveal emotional changes. But you can't rely on just that. Look at what their trunk is doing; a person's torso will reveal their intent. Body language like raising hands, heightened expression, tense shoulders — these are natural responses to a person who is feeling threatened and will escalate. They may begin to zero in on the space between you and them, and their voice will get louder and louder. You want to read this before it gets further and becomes explosive."

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