Keto-Friendly Immune-Boosting Tea
There’s nothing worse than being sick, the sore throat, cough, congestion, and overall bodily discomfort. Whether it’s a common cold or the flu season’s got you down, there are plenty of natural remedies out there to get you back on your feet.
Sipping on a nutrient-rich herbal tea is one of the best ways to soothe your body and boost your immune system. And this tea has hand-picked herbs that are backed by research for their potent immune-enhancing qualities.
This tea recipe is:
The main ingredients are:
- Ginger root
- Lemon juice
Optional additional ingredients:
- Licorice root
Health Benefits of This Immune Boosting Tea
This tea is packed with immune-boosting herbs, including:
#1: Turmeric For Inflammation
Turmeric is a root that’s been used for thousands of years in traditional medicine as a healing plant. Its bright orange color gives way to a number of healing compounds, but curcumin is by far the most studied in this plant.
Curcumin is an antioxidant compound that’s best known for its potent anti-inflammatory behavior. While some inflammation is a natural part of your immune process, when you have chronic inflammation, or your inflammatory response goes unchecked, it can become a burden to your immunity[*].
The addition of turmeric to this immune tea means that your body gets a hit of a potent anti-inflammatory so your immune cells can focus on protecting you from illness instead of managing inflammation.
For thousands of years, doctors of Ayurvedic medicine understood that curcumin is most powerful in your body when combined with black pepper — hence the addition of black pepper to your immune tea.
#2: Ginger For Antiviral and Antibacterial Defense
Ginger is one of those “catch-all” plants that seem to have a place in healing almost every illness out there. In fact, just like turmeric, for thousands of years, ginger has been recognized as a powerful healing plant.
Research shows that fresh ginger may be beneficial in viral respiratory conditions, as it appears to protect your respiratory cells from plaque formation[*].
In addition, ginger has potent antibacterial activity which can protect you against foodborne illnesses from bacteria like e.coli and salmonella. Research also shows that ginger may be a solution for fighting drug-resistant bacterial infections[*][*].
#3: Lemon and Orange for Vitamin C
Vitamin C supports your immune system in a variety of ways, including[*]:
- Potent antioxidant activity protecting your body against oxidative stress.
- Accumulation in phagocytic cells (cells that consume harmful compounds).
- Killing microbes.
- Supports immune cell signaling.
Not surprisingly, research shows that when you supplement with vitamin C, it may not only reduce the symptoms of the common cold and viral infections, but it can also reduce the duration[*].
If you’re looking for a way to help boost your immune system and fight colds, this tea ginger turmeric tea is a delicious option.
It not only increases your immune defenses, but these herbs also support detox and weight loss — quite a bonus.
So if you’re worried about the coronavirus (COVID-19), feel a cold coming on, or start feeling flu symptoms don’t waste time, whip yourself up a batch of this delicious tea.
- Total Time: 10 minutes
- Yield: 2 cups
- 1 inch piece of fresh ginger
- ¼ cup lemon juice
- ½ teaspoon orange zest
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- ½” piece of fresh turmeric (or use ½ teaspoon turmeric powder)
- 2 cups water
- Pinch of black pepper
- Add all ingredients to a small saucepan and let simmer over low-medium heat for 10 minutes.
- Turn off heat and let ingredients steep for an additional 5-10 minutes.
- Strain tea through a fine-mesh strainer into 1-2 mugs. Sweeten to taste with stevia or monk fruit and enjoy.
- Serving Size: 1 cup
- Calories: 0
- Fat: 0
- Carbohydrates: 0
- Fiber: 0
- Protein: 0
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