#WHATSINMYTOOLBOX: IMMUNITY BOOSTERS

by Ally Hilfiger

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In this week’s #WhatsInMyToolBox, I share my favorite immunity boosting ingredients to keep you healthy and strong, especially when you’re going through a cold or the flu.

Lemon – This citrus is packed with Vitamin C and antioxidants, as well as balancing the PH levels in your body. Just squeeze into your water!

Garlic – A major immune booster! Used for centuries for its antiviral and antifungal properties, garlic also reduces cholesterol and naturally lowers your blood pressure. Try adding some raw garlic to your favorite salad dressing.

Cinnamon – A tasty way to stimulate your immune system, cinnamon prevents blood platelet clumping and is anti-inflammatory. It has also been known to increase brain function and alertness!

Ginger – Known for treating nausea, ginger is also anti-inflammatory, antiviral and antifungal, and improves circulation.

Turmeric – This super spice contains the cucurmin compound which is anti-inflammatory. Great for those with arthritis or joint problems. Add it to fresh ginger tea when feeling under the weather, and it is guaranteed to charge you up.

Also, try this healing tea receipt when you feel that little tickle in the back of your throat. In a medium pot on the stove, combine:

  • 6 cups filtered water
  • 5 tablespoons of grated fresh ginger
  • 4 tablespoons of grated fresh tumeric root (powdered can be used as well)
  • 3 crushed cloves of garlic
  • 2 lemons sliced and squeezed (throw the lemon rines in there too)
  • ⅓ cup of honey

Boil and sip on through the day!

What are some of your favorite immunity boosting foods and recipes?