Looking to kick your cold and get back to your healthy self?! Juicing is an excellent way to give your body a boost in nutrients and vitamins that can help your body fight off your cold. This happens because fresh pressed juices remove most of the fiber from the raw fruit or veggie, leaving only essential vitamins, nutrients, and antioxidants. When there is little fiber for your body to digest, the nutrients are more quickly and easily infused into your system and spread throughout, bringing you to health speedily (see Roots page on juice cleanses).
It’s clear that juices are a more efficient way for you to get nutrient rich food to you body, so which foods should you add to your juicing recipe to fight the cold?
Oranges (or other citrus fruits)
Adding fruits such as oranges or lemons to your juicing recipes is a great way to get Vitamin C, which most people know helps your immune system fight off illnesses like the cold. Why settle for a gross, chalky Emergen-C when you could have a fresh pressed glass of orange juice?!
Ginger is perfect for cold fighting recipes for juicing because it stimulates blood flow to the digestive system and increases nutrient absorption. So, if your stomach is hurting it will ease your nausea, but also help you get things like Vitamin C into your system quickly.
You might not know this, but kale is loaded with Vitamin C, as well as Vitamin A, calcium, iron, folic acid, and potassium. You’ve gotta add this into your juicing recipes!
Cayenne, like jalapeño, is loaded with capsaicin which can help relieve congestion in your sinuses. It’s a must if you have a stuffy head!
Cold Ninja Juice (from the-healthy-wife.com)
- 3 oranges, remove rind but keep a small piece to put in (more info below)
- ginger, 1 inch piece
- 1/4 of a lemon (rind removed)
- pinch of cayenne pepper