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Immune Boosting Ginger Turmeric Lemon Wellness Shot

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It’s that time of year again when the nasty bugs are going around getting us all sick. So what can we do to stay on top of illness and give our immune system a little extra boost when we need it most? Make your own wellness shot of course!

Lemon juice is high in vitamin C, helps to stimulate the gastrointestinal tract, and boosts metabolism while ginger root is an excellent anti-inflammatory that’s also anti-aging and can aid in weight loss. Turmeric is a wonderful spice that can suppress the growth of fat tissue as well as prevent DNA damage and slow down the aging process.

Make a big batch of this at once and freeze it into ice cube trays so you have it ready to go whenever bugs strike. If you don’t have time or the tools needed to juice it, you can get fresh pressed turmeric and ginger juice at your local juice or smoothie shop which makes this even easier to make.

Ingredients

  • 3 lemons (peeled)
  • 2 inch chunk of ginger
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons turmeric powder
  • 1 glass water

Preparation

1. Juice the lemon and ginger, mix in turmeric powder and water, and pour into an ice cube tray to freeze.

2. Every morning as needed, remove a cube and add hot water. Stir for 30 seconds, and it is ready to drink.

 

It’s that simple! You can also add some honey to sweeten it up a little plus it adds additional bacteria killing properties, win-win!

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Constipation Stopper Prune Smoothie

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Drinking healthy smoothies is a great way to rebalance your digestive system. If your digestive system is in order, your elimination will be in order. Instead of reaching for over the counter aids when things go wrong, try a healthy, safer alternative.

If you don’t move your bowels everyday, chances are you’re constipated. They may be hard, small and difficult to pass causing discomfort and hemorrhoids. Constipation occurs when the colon absorbs too much water or if the muscle contractions in the colon are weak. It can be due to dehydration, lack of fiber, inactivity, medications or diseases like irritable bowel syndrome.

Next time things go wrong “down under”, give this smoothie a try and be sure to use organic ingredients when possible to reduce exposure to pesticides and toxins.

Yogurt Prune Smoothie

6 pitted prunes (look for brands without added preservatives)

1 cup organic apple juice (preferably fresh squeezed)

1 cup ice

1 cup organic Kefir or organic plain yogurt

1/4 tsp cinnamon powder

pinch of nutmeg

Put ice in the blender first, followed by the other ingredients and blend well. Drink and enjoy the benefits!

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