3 Mocktails for Your Immune System

Get your happy hour fix without alcohol.

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.

Strawberry-Mint Mojitos

The strawberry mint mojito is both easy and fun to make. Combine fresh strawberries with a handful of mint leaves and locally grown honey for a refreshing drink you will crave through the spring and summer. Strawberries are high in vitamin C and polyphenols, both important in boosting the immune system. A single serving of strawberries can provide up to 150 percent of your daily vitamin C, which helps to kill bacteria and viruses, while also reducing free radicals that increase your oxidative stress and wear down your immune system. Using a locally grown honey is thought to help boost your ability to fight off local allergens. Finally, using your favorite herbs, including mint, cilantro, or watercress increases levels of quercitin, a natural antihistamine, and boosts antioxidant levels.

Get the recipe: Strawberry-Mint Mojitos

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."

Keep Reading Show less