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Carrots, Lemon, Ginger, & Apples what do they all have in common? They are amazing for your immune system. For years now I have to keep carrots or carrot juice in the fridge, it is not a question or a doubt, always on the grocery list. Lemon is literally my go to for drinks because no one ever complained about a lemon wedge. Ginger is honestly a hit or miss, but I know how awesome my body feels with it, so more of a love. It's the ginger shots that do it to me. Apples, are by far my favorite of all 4 of these.

So let's back up. Years ago I began on a journey of eating less meat and more fruits and vegetables. On this journey I learned how important certain foods were for your body in order to maintain a healthy immune system. Our immune system is essential for our survival. Without an immune system, our bodies would be open to attack from bacteria, viruses, parasites, and more. It is our immune system that keeps us healthy as we drift through a sea of pathogens.

Carrots are an excellent source of vitamins, nutrients, and fiber. But you don’t have to eat carrots to receive these nutritional benefits. Drinking carrot juice is an easy way to add carrots to your diet. The benefits of carrots can’t be overstated. If you prefer to cook or eat raw carrots, you’ll benefit from more satiety from the fiber, which is ideal for weight management. But juicing your carrots may provide a bigger nutritional punch, plus it’s easier to absorb nutrients and antioxidants from juice. From boosting your immune system to helping you hit your weight-loss goals, carrot juice can improve your physical and mental health.

The key nutrient that gives the immune system a boost is vitamin C (LEMONS). Drinking lemon water daily ensures sufficient intake of vitamin C which is crucial for protection against flu and colds. Vitamin C stimulates white blood cell production and works as a powerful antioxidant protecting the organs from oxidative damage.Health benefits of lemons that have been known for centuries. Lemons contain many beneficial substances that promote immunity and fight infection, such as:

  • vitamins C, B6 and E

  • folate

  • citric acid

  • calcium

  • magnesium

  • potassium

  • protein

  • fiber

  • thiamin

  • copper

Adding freshly squeezed lemon juice of half a lemon, preferably organic, to a glass of lukewarm water is more beneficial than plain lemon juice. Unlike lukewarm water, cold water takes longer time and more energy to be processed in the body. “Because lemon juice’s atomic structure is similar to the digestive juices found in the stomach, it tricks the liver into producing bile, which helps keep food moving through your body and gastrointestinal tract smoothly.”

Ginger and other Body Systems

  • lungs: helps with respiratory problems, eases asthma symptoms

  • helps eliminate hot flashes

  • relieves headaches

  • promotes menstrual regularity

  • helps with morning sickness

  • helps reduce inflammation of arthritis

  • supports kidney health

  • topical gingerol provides protection against UVB-induced skin disorders

  • reduces the severity of post chemotherapy nausea

Ginger and its Nutrients

  • high in potassium

  • manganese which builds resistance to disease, protects lining of heart, blood vessels and urinary passages

  • silicon which promotes healthy skin, hair, teeth and nails

  • helps assimilate calcium

  • also contains Vit. A, C, E, B-complex, magnesium, phosphorus, sodium, iron, zinc, calcium, beta-carotene

Apples are great sources of fiber and natural sugars—but you knew that already. What you might not know is that apple skins contain quercetin, a type of plant pigment flavonoid that helps boost your immune system and reduce inflammation. An apple a day really can keep the doctor away! Make sure to keep eat it with the peel and all its phytonutrients.

You can’t prevent every instance of cold or flu, but you can absolutely boost your odds of staying healthy with a consistently healthy diet. So take a proactive approach this season and add these immune-system-boosting treats to your daily routine.