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Immune Booster

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This time of year can be crazy. I’ve heard of so many people getting sick over the last few weeks and I noticed this on my weather app:

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Widespread flu in my area means it is time to step up the precautions. Of course, eating healthy, exercising, reducing stress, getting plenty of fresh air and sunshine are the best immunity boosters. However, when I need an additional boost, this is where I turn. There are many versions of this recipe on the internet and many people swear by its ability to boost immunity. This recipe is the one that works best for me, but you can tweak it to your liking. It is made up of only three ingredients: garlic, raw apple cider vinegar, and raw honey. Why these three ingredients? Here are some of the immune boosting properties of these ingredients:

Garlic

  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Antibacterial and antiviral properties
  • Used throughout history in the prevention and treatment of disease (source)
  • Daily supplementation of garlic has been found to decrease the number of colds by 63% (source)

Raw Apple Cider Vinegar

  • Antibacterial and antimicrobial properties
  • Digestive aid
  • Soothes sore throat

Raw Honey

  • Antioxidant rich
  • Antibacterial and antifungal properties
  • Many enzymes, minerals, and vitamins
  • Soothes sore throat
  • The Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine was quoted as saying:
    • “The therapeutic potential benefits of pure, raw honey is grossly underutilized. It is widely available in most communities and although we don’t totally understand why it can heal various health conditions we know that from studies it has many benefits.  The time has now come for conventional medicine to lift the blinds off this ‘traditional remedy’ and give it its due recognition.

In my experience, the honey and garlic are the two most important ingredients, but you can experiment to see what you like. Here is the recipe:


 

Immune Booster


 

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Ingredients:

  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 3 Tablespoons raw apple cider vinegar (it must be unpasteurized)
  • 3 teaspoons raw honey (this is too hard to measure, so just guess) (I recommend local honey)

Directions:

  • Use a garlic press to press the two cloves of garlic into a small container. You can try chopping or even grating the garlic, but I’ve found the garlic press to be easiest.

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  • Add the apple cider vinegar and the honey and stir well. The honey will take a few minutes but it will slowly become easier to combine.

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To Consume:

  • Add about a tablespoon of the mixture to a glass and add water to taste (try about two parts water to your one part immune booster to start). It really doesn’t taste that bad. You might be left with garlic breath, but it is better than getting sick.

Other Tips:

  • You can store the jar in the fridge and feel free to play around with the proportions to your taste. You can double (or even triple) the recipe. It will keep for over a week, but I recommend making a fresh batch every 3-4 days. Be sure to stir or shake well before you spoon some out since the garlic may settle.
  • You can try this once a day for prevention and three or four times a day if you feel something coming on. If you experience stomach discomfort, you’re taking too much.
  • I know several people whose kids consume this, but you can omit the vinegar and add a bit more honey for a more kid-friendly version.

Take care of yourselves and stay healthy out there!

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