Are you starting the feel the beginning of a sickness coming on? You know how it goes: you start feeling the tickle in your throat, or you start sneezing. Sometimes it starts with a sore throat and coughing, but the end result is the same: feeling like crap and having to miss work, parties, class, and other commitments.
Our bodies are incredible things. A lot of the time we’re so caught up in the societal pressures to stay thin, fit, muscular, etc. that we forget to listen to our body and its needs. Maybe we need more sleep one day, maybe we need to eat a little more and that’s totally okay. When we begin to neglect what our body needs, our immune system plummets and we become more susceptible to getting sick.
If you are looking for a simple, easy-to-make remedy for your sickness, try making this DIY ginger shot in a snap, and you’ll start feeling the effects ASAP.
All you need to make the shot is:
- ½ cup orange juice
- 1 lemon, juiced
- 2 tablespoon of honey
- 2-inch piece of ginger root, grated
- Pinch of ground turmeric
To make it, just whisk all the ingredients in a small bowl and then pour into a glass. You can keep it stored in the refrigerator, or just take it all at once (I personally prefer the latter)!
What makes this mix of ingredients so good for fighting off infection? Orange juice is filled with vitamin C, which is one of the best immune boosters out there next to elderberry and echinacea. The lemon juice will do the same, and help boost the amount of vitamin C in your body. This will bump up your immune system and help your body fight infection, and also reduce the amount of free radicals in your body.
Honey is a sweet addition that also helps boost your immune system because of its antioxidant and antibacterial properties. Ginger is a strong antioxidant, and there are also two natural antibiotics that are found in ginger. It can aid in getting rid of congestion and fevers.
Lastly, the addition of turmeric helps boost the immune system because of its antiviral properties and also due to its incredibly high antioxidant count.
If you’re starting to feel under the weather, try making one of these shots. A lot of the time, your body doesn’t need OTC medicine. It needs nutrients, sleep, and lots of fluids to be better in no time.
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