Winter is definitely the time of year when the likelihood of catching the flu infection on every train-ride, mall trip or studio yoga class increases considerably. Below are three easy-to-make juice recipes that I make regularly. They’re great for the before, during and after effects of the flu as they help to either boost my immune system or, if I’m unlucky enough to come down with a cold, to speed up my recovery and keep me fighting fit afterwards.
Beat the flu before it gets the chance to beat you!
A strong immune system is your best protection against colds and flus in the chillier months. Build it up all year round with this infection-busting power juice. Carrots are a rich source of beta carotene, which is a powerful antioxidant and, coupled with the equally strong antioxidant support provided by the phytonutrients in beets, offers great protection against flu viruses.
1 small beet
8 stalks celery
1 stalk broccoli
2 cloves garlic
When you’re struck down with dose
If you do catch a cold, you really just have to let it run its course. However, you can help to speed up your recovery and to make the symptoms less unpleasant along the way. I find that a ‘shot’ of combined ginger, lemon and cayenne pepper generally does the trick. It’s best to drink this juice warm as your body needs warmth when you have a ‘cold’, so simmer the ginger in water before adding the lemon and pepper. The lemon is a great addition because it’s high in vitamin C while the cayenne pepper’s strong content of beta carotene helps to ward off any further infection.
1 ounce organic ginger, simmered in a little water
1 squeeze lemon
1 pinch cayenne pepper
Regaining your strength
A really bad dose of the flu can leave you feeling completely wrung out, even when the aches and pains have subsided. So to get you back on your feet I suggest an energizing green juice. The chlorophyll in green plants pumps oxygen into the blood which in turn clears that brain fug and gives your energy levels a much-needed boost.
1 large cucumber
8 stalks celery
1 handful kale
1 handful spinach
1 handful parsley
1/4 squeezed lemon
1-inch piece ginger
Enjoy and keep well this season!
Born in Zimbabwe, Matt Devine is CEO of Muuyu and has been teaching yoga for nearly eight years. He primarily teaches Bikram or Hot Yoga. As a former rugby player who needed reconstruction on both his knees, he has experienced for himself the therapeutic benefits of a hot yoga practice on the body. He believes that part of yoga’s intense ability to heal is regulating one’s sleep patterns, as with longer, deeper sleep more healing occurs, and better sleep is a regularly cited benefit of hot yoga.
Connect with Matt on Muuyu here.