Given the current situation with the coronavirus pandemic, there is much in the press about the effect of this virus on our immune system. Whilst no juice can protect you from catching the virus, incorporating lots of fruit and vegetables into your diet on a regular basis can certainly contribute towards maintaining a healthy immune system, leading to overall health and wellbeing.
Juicing is an easy way to increase the amount of fresh fruit or vegetables that you eat every day. They are really quick to make (although I know sometimes the clean-up can seem to take ages!).
Nutritionally, to maintain a healthy immune system, your body needs a balanced mix of vitamins and minerals supplied in your diet on a regular basis, over a decent period of time (counted in weeks rather than one day, this is no quick fix. You also need to get a good amount of sleep and take regular exercise). In particular, the vitamins and minerals that play a larger role in keeping your immune system functioning well are:
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin E
- Beta carotene (Vitamin A)
- Vitamin D
The top fruits and vegetables that deliver the highest amounts of these vitamins and minerals include:
- Citrus fruits, like lemon or lime
- Red and orange coloured vegetables: carrots, red peppers, butternut (summer) squash and tomato
- Green leafy vegetables, like kale, spinach, cabbage, watercress, lettuce and broccoli
- Berries, like strawberry or blueberries
These are all great items to include in your juices. Read on for our top three juice recipes for a healthy immune system!
1. Spinach and lemon juice: Strong Iron
Get your green leafy veggies, combined with lemon in one glass, in our filling Strong Iron spinach and lemon juice recipe. Iron is needed by your body to create healthy red blood cells (which transport oxygen around your body). We also include an apple in this juice, which delivers vitamin C and also helps your body to absorb the iron from the spinach. If you prefer you can swap the spinach for kale, or add a chunk of broccoli into the juice, for added nutritional benefits. This juice is also a good source of zinc.
2. Carrot, lemon and turmeric juice: Turmeric Twist
Carrots contain high levels of beta carotene, which the body converts into Vitamin A, a powerful antioxidant. Additionally, turmeric is an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant, both of which support your immune system. Combining these items with lemon and apples, in our Turmeric Twist juice, you get one super-nutritious juice! To get the most benefit from the turmeric, particularly if you are using ground turmeric, you need to pick one with a higher curcumin content, don’t just use the turmeric that you would usually use in cooking. Check the contents and ingredient list, 2% curcumin (or higher) is a good start. I would also suggest buying an organic product, that contains no additives or salt, and we always look for products that are certified vegan. Three good options sold on Amazon UK are:
- Superfood World Organic Turmeric powder, 500g (3-4% curcumin content) (external link to Amazon)
- Spice root Organic Turmeric powder, 500g (2-3% curcumin content) (external link to Amazon)
- Sari Foods Organic Turmeric powder, 850g (2-4% curcumin content) (external link to Amazon)
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3. Berry and lemon juice: Happy Berry
Happy Berry is one of our favourite juices, which we published a few years ago. Whether you use fresh or frozen berries, the combination with apples, lemons and cucumber makes a fantastic juice. Pick your favourite berries – a combination of strawberries, raspberries and blueberries are my personal favourite. If you want to supercharge the nutrient content, then blend in an avocado (avocados are a good source of zinc).
Boost your immune system
Drinking fresh fruit and vegetables in your juices is one way to support your immune system. However, there are lots of other things you can do at home, right now, to help to boost your body’s natural inner healing system. We recently published our e-book, How to boost your immune system, available to purchase and download in our online shop. You might also enjoy reading our recent article: coronavirus, a balanced approach to understanding the virus and supporting your immune system.
How to choose a juicer
To make all of these recipes you will need a juicer and for the recipes that include avocado, you will also need a blender (or hand-blender). Read our new blog post, for tips on how to pick the best juicer for you here.
La Crisalida juice retreat
Juicing is a fabulous way to deliver lots of vitamins and minerals to your body, in an easily digested form. Even just drinking one juice a day is a great addition to your diet and this can start to help create a healthy immune system. If you want to give your body the opportunity to receive a good boost of nutrients, and take maximum benefit, we suggest that you drink only freshly made juices for three days on a juice detox retreat. Here at the La Crisalida juice retreats, we provide a supportive environment, combined with varied exercise, adequate rest, workshops to support a healthy mindset and education. Our holistic programme works to support you in finding health and wellbeing.
Do let us know how you get on with these juices.
About the author
- Lisa is one of the founders of La Crisalida Retreats. She is an Epidemiologist, therapeutic hatha and yin yoga teacher and also teaches mindfulness meditation. Lisa has studied NLP and hypnosis, as well as nutrition (she designs the menus).