smoothies-rev

Fruits and vegetables are the foundation of life. They contain signalling molecules that tell our genes how to function. If we are sitting on the couch eating potato chips and drinking pop, our genes respond in a way that sets the stage for illness. However, if we are drinking natural smoothies and eating whole foods, our genes tend to be more healthy and vital.

04_03

Super Antioxidant Smoothi

1 peach, pitted

1 apple, cored

3 Italian plums or 1 large plum, pitted

1 cup blueberries

1 cup blackberries

4 cups packed spinach leaves

3 italian plums or 1 large plum, pitted

2 cups water or ice cubes

04_05

Super C Smoothi

1 carrot – washed but not peeled

1 orange, peeled

½ lemon

thumb size of ginger

1 teaspoon chia seed

1 teaspoon turmeric – ground or fresh

3 italian plums or 1 large plum, pitted

1 cup water or ice cubes

04_07

Beat the Cold

2 beets

2 carrots

4 stalks celer

½ cucumber

thumb size of ginger

2 cups of water or ice cubes

 

 

Eat to Boost your Immunity

As Hippocrates once said, “Let food be they medicine and medicine be they food.” It is a powerful quote indeed, as the Father of Modern Medicine was living in a time when conventional drugs were neither developed nor available. He had to use his natural environment to ward off the many illnesses he treated each day. The following foods can add an extra immune booster to your meal.

chicken soupChicken Soup

The amino acid cysteine, released from chicken during cooking, chemically resembles the bronchitis drug acetylcysteine. The salty broth helps mucus thin the same way cough medicine does. Added spices, such as garlic (allium sativum) and onions (allium cepa), can increase the soup's ability as an immune booster.

 

teaTea

The amino acid that's abundant in both black and green tea is L-theanine. It is a powerful immune booster and occurs in decaf forms of tea as well.

shellfishShellfish

Shellfish rich in selenium such as oysters, crabs, clams, lobster etc., aids white blood cells in producing cytokines—proteins that clear flu viruses out of the body. Salmon, mackerel, anchovies, sardines and herring are loaded with omega-3 fatty acids, which reduce inflammation, and protect lungs from respiratory infections.

 

yogurtGreek Yogurt

Probiotics, or the live active cultures found in yogurt and probiotic supplements, are healthy gut bacteria that keep the intestinal tract free of disease-causing microbes.