Boost your Immune System: Support the Immune System with Green Smoothies and Freshly squeezed Juices
We love green smoothies and freshly squeezed juices because they simply taste delicious and enrich our daily diet with an extra portion of important nutrients. Especially ingredients like leafy greens and raw vegetables have lots of vitamins, minerals and secondary plant compounds - like the valuable chlorophyll, antioxidants, enzymes and amino acids or the digestive beneficial bitter and dietary fiber. Therefore, we are convinced that daily consumption of of green smoothies and freshly squeezed juices can boost our immune system.
On this page we have compiled a list of ingredients that are special immune boosters, we will show you how to turn them into delicious smoothies or juices. All you need is a powerful blender and/or a nutrient-friendly slow juicer.
Boost your Immune System: topics at a glance
- Boost your immune system with green smoothies
- Boost your immune system with wild herb smoothies
- Boost your immune system with smoothies against colds
- Boost your immune system with ginger shots
- Boost your immune system with celery juice
- Boost your immune system with wheatgrass juice
- Boost your immune system with sauerkraut juice
Boost your immune system with green smoothies
Start the day with a green smoothie made from water, fruits and leafy greens. Green smoothies are not only alkaline and easy to digest, but packed with valuable nutrients such as vitamins, minerals, trace elements, antioxidants, phytochemicals, etc. In addition, the fiber contained in green smoothies supports the intestinal bacteria and boosts intestinal health - they have a prebiotic effect and are easy to digest, especially when they are creamy-fine pureed. This is an advantage for the immune system, 70-80 % of our immune cells that are needed to defend us against diseases, are produce by the intestine.
It's best to enjoy the Green Smoothie in the morning on an empty stomach, so that the nutrients can be absorbed perfectly. If you want to replace your breakfast,
500-1000 ml of smoothie, depending on how hungry you are, should be enough. Of course, you can also replace any other meal with it - just make sure there is enough time between your meal and the smoothie. To get started, we recommend recipes that consist of just a few ingredients. To introduce you to a variety of green ingredients - from spinach, to garden herbs, lettuce, wild herbs or cabbage.
Boost your immune system with wild herb smoothies
Did you know that wild herbs outperform our cultivated plants? in terms of nutrients, they have tremendis more vitamins and minerals. But not only that: wild herbs are also considered effective medicinal plants that can be used against a wide variety of diseases
For example, stinging nettle is said to boost the immune system by Stimulation of the T-lymphocyte proliferation, promoting antibody formation and stimulation of phagocytes to increased activity. All these are properties that are needed to stay healthy, especially in times of increased risk of infection. We therefore like to pack the nettle into our green smoothie - so all its healthy nutrients are preserved. The blending process ensures that there is no burning when drinking the smoothie.
Learn how to dose wild herbs in green smoothies and how to combine them with fruits: Wild herb smoothie recipes: our Top 5
Boost your immune system with smoothies against colds
It usually starts mid-October: cough, cold, hoarseness - the first cold has arrived. We have developed a green smoothies especially for this time, which either works as prophylaxis or promise some relief when you already caught a cold.
Apple smoothie recipe with wild herbs for colds
If a cold catches us right at the beginning of autumn, we like to mix ourselves an apple smoothie with the wild herbs mallow and chickweed. This wild herb duo is said to have an expectorant and soothing effect on coughs. Naturopath Sebastian Kneipp (1821-1897) already used chickweed for these cold symptoms. Mallow is added, it is also considered effective against complaints of the upper respiratory tract.
Click here for the recipe: Apple smoothie recipe with wild herbs
Winter smoothies for colds with turmeric and ginger
To prevent it from even going that far, we swear on green smoothies with extra
vitamin C. This is where ginger and turmeric come into play.
Ginger warms you up from the inside and revs up the metabolism, the earthy turmeric with its antibacterial properties can boost the immune system. But to prevent colds, we need one thing above all: plenty of
vitamin C to support our defenses. First-class vitamin C suppliers are the winter salads Indian lettuce, lamb's lettuce and parsley. They are the green ingredients in our winter smoothie.
Click here for the recipe: Winter smoothie recipe - stop a cold before it hits
Click here for the recipe: Turmeric smoothie recipe against colds
Boost your immune system with ginger shots
An absolute trend in terms of boosting the immune system are ginger shots. Ginger is considered a real immune booster with lots of vitamin C, antibacterial properties and even virus-inhibiting effects.
We also appreciate the healthy tuber for the fact that it heats us up from the inside, especially in winter. If you've ever had a pure ginger shot, you exactly know what we are talking about. You can make ginger shots with a slow juicer simply by juicing the ginger tuber. Or you use a blender to make a mini ginger smoothie and combine it with other ingredients like honey, lemon or orange juice.
Learn how to prepare ginger shots with a slow juicer or in a blender:
Ginger shot recipes for Slow Juicers and Blenders
Boost your immune system with celery juice
Having a good Immune system is important. For example, the green perennial contains minerals and trace elements such as calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, potassium and phosphorus, but also a lot of vitamins A, C, B and K.
Since celery in a green smoothie has a rather dominant flavor and does not go well with all types of fruit, we prefer freshly squeezed celery juice. Juicing, the aroma comes out much more gently, you can even drink celery juice pure. This is exactly what celery juice expert and best-selling author Anthony William recommends, he attributes numerous healthy effects to the green juice.
If you are looking for more information on the topic celery juice, e.g. : How to make celery juice with a juicer/blender; how to dose it at the beginning; and more - We have a whole page about the healthy juice.
Boost your immune system with wheatgrass juice
Even before wheatgrass juice became a trend, there has been a large fan community for freshly squeezed wheatgrass juice. This does not happen without a reason, we think, wheatgrass is a superfood of the extra class with a very high nutrient density. The American and alternative practitioner Ann Wigmore (1909-1993) was one of the first to recognize the health potential of wheatgrass and successfully used freshly squeezed wheatgrass juice to boost the immune system and detoxify the organism of herself and her patients.
She attributed her recovery from cancer in the 1950s to, among other things, a predominantly raw food diet and the daily consumption of fresh wheatgrass juice. To this day, many people swear on the beneficial effect of freshly squeezed wheatgrass juice.
We have compiled all the important information about wheatgrass juice, including preparation and dosage: Wheatgrass Juice: All information about the healthy grass juice
Boost the immune system with sauerkraut juice
One thing first: freshly squeezed sauerkraut juice is not only extremely healthy, but tastes much better than you might think. If it is made from raw sauerkraut, it has a salty note, which we find quite pleasant. Freshly pressed, raw sauerkraut juice contains all the healthy ingredients, except for the fiber, of fermented white or pointed cabbage - the classic sauerkraut.
In addition to many vitamins and minerals, these include one thing in particular: millions of lactic acid bacteria that are produced during the fermentation of white or pointed cabbage. Exactly these microorganisms are essential for a healthy intestinal flora, they are able to kill bad bacteria and germs. In a way, Raw sauerkraut and it´s juice is a natural probiotic as welle as a natural remedy for detoxification and cleansing of the digestive organs.
This not only makes the intestines fit, but also ensures a strong immune system at the same time. As mentioned above, a healthy intestine produces 70-80 percent of the immune cells that we need to stay healthy.
All important information about sauerkraut juice - how to make it yourself:
Sauerkraut Juice: all information about the healthy probiotic cabbage juice
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