Boost your immune system with this easy-to-make lemonade!
Through trial and error, I came up with a recipe for a tasty concoction that I believe supports your immune system and helps prevent or battle a cold, sinus infection, etc. I start drinking this 2-3x per day, when I feel a cold coming on and it usually stops it in in tracks.
1 TB apple cider vinegar (choose brand with “the mother” brew)
1/2 t cinnamon
1 TB honey
1 lemon juiced
Stevia to sweeten to your liking
Add enough lukewarm water to glass or cup to cover honey and stevia. Stir until dissolved. You don’t want the water too hot because it can destroy beneficial enzymes in your honey. Once dissolved, add some ice and water until glass is 3/4 full. Finally, add remaining ingredients and stir well. You can modify the amounts of each ingredient to suit your taste.
WHY THIS WORKS:
Apple cider vinegar: It is believed that ACV is effective because of its anti-viral, anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties. It also helps the body maintain a balanced pH level which keeps it in an alkaline state. Some research suggests that it is more difficult for a virus to develop or grow in a body that is alkaline vs. acidic. I use Bragg – Apple Cider Vinegar.
Cinnamon: Essential oils qualify it as an anti-microbial food and it has been studied for its ability to stop the growth of bacteria and fungi.
Honey: Raw honey has anti-viral, anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties. There are a variety of raw honeys available. Try to find one local to your area.
Lemon: Vitamin C. Vitamin C. Vitamin C. Need I say more? My favorite variety is Meyers lemons because they are sweeter and less acidic tasting than others
Stevia: Sugar = bad! There is evidence that sugar suppresses your immune system. I use a sugar alternative called stevia. Stevia is an herb that is much sweeter than sugar. Evidence is showing that stevia does not have the same insulin-boosting effects of sugar. My favorite stevia to use comes in liquid form – SweetLeaf Pure Stevia Liquid Extract.