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When it gets cold outside, fire up your immune system! Winter often brings a rise in colds, flu, and other viral infections. By boosting your immune system, you can reduce your risk of catching a virus and experience milder symptoms if you do get sick.
Strengthening your immune system is a marathon, not a sprint. Start by making healthy changes you can sustain long-term. This could mean adding more anti-inflammatory foods to your diet, getting more exercise, or swapping your morning latte with a cold-pressed juice.
Certain natural ingredients also boost immunity. After being used in holistic remedies for generations, science is beginning to show how these fruits, vegetables, and spices may improve the body’s immune response. Why not try them yourself?
Vitamin C has numerous health benefits. Vitamin C is found in many foods and supplements, but one of the best sources of vitamin C is fresh citrus. Fruits like lemons, oranges, limes, and grapefruit are packed with this immune-boosting vitamin.
Vitamin C helps the body repair damaged tissue, increases iron absorption, and blocks damage caused by free radicals. It also stimulates antibody production. Evidence suggests that vitamin C shortens the length of colds and reduces symptoms.
Turmeric, a root vegetable in the ginger family, contains a natural compound called curcumin. Curcumin is anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and antifungal. Medical science is currently studying the health benefits of curcumin and its potential for fighting diseases. In addition to boosting your immune system, turmeric may help prevent heart disease, cancer, and Alzheimer’s.
But not all turmeric is created equal. Powdered turmeric is boiled and dried, which strips most of the curcumin-rich essential oils. In other words, the powdering process reduces its curcumin potency. That's why Little West only uses 100% cold-pressed juice from raw turmeric in our juice blends.
We also add black pepper to our turmeric juices. This increases curcumin absorption by 2000%.
Adding more ginger to your diet may also boost your immune system. Studies have shown that fresh ginger halts the growth of certain bacteria like E.coli and may fight viruses. Like its cousin, turmeric, ginger reduces inflammation and has anti-fungal properties.
Additionally, ginger aids digestion and promotes a healthier gut microbiota. The GI tract plays a vital role in the immune system, containing many cells that secrete antibodies. By using ginger to improve your gut health, you may also boost your immune system.
If you love foods and drinks that set your mouth on fire, you might have a stronger immune system than your milder friends. Hot chilis and spices like cayenne pepper are rich in a natural chemical compound called capsaicin.
The health benefits of spicy foods containing capsaicin include better cardiovascular health, lower inflammation, and an increased metabolism -- factors which contribute to a stronger immune system. Plus, spicy foods provide relief for sore throats, sinus congestion, and respiratory problems.
With ginger, turmeric, cayenne, lemon, and cracked pepper, Little West’s Fireball is the hottest thing in cold-pressed. Each bottle contains six wellness shots and keeps in the fridge for up to 14 days.
Wake up with a shot of Fireball or add to hot water for a soothing hot toddy at the end of a long day. Your immune system will thank you. Try Little West Fireball today.
Photo by Jessica Alexander
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