Vitamin C supplements and hot teas are useful for preventing colds and other winter respiratory infections, but I like to double my flu shield with a high dose of antioxidants to create a natural barrier against viruses and pathogens. My daily smoothies and juices contain tons of nutrients, but this one is the ultimate immunity boosting weapon.
Our body cells do not actually need chemicals to fight against cold and flu viruses but proper food for sustaining their natural detox function and to help their activity inside the whole immune system.
Keeping your immunity at high levels is a matter of correct nourishment and of a balanced state of mind. You can take all the vitamin C in the world, if you’re constantly in a stressful mode your body will respond with chain reactions that will collapse your immune system.
Stress consumes our nutrients, be it vitamins or minerals, leaving our cells without the fuel that makes them function properly.
If you are facing a lot of stress in your life, alongside an antioxidant, vitamin and mineral-rich diet, your priority should be finding a way to unwind.
Yoga, Pranayama (breath control exercises), simple meditation or long walks in the park are the most easy options for helping your mind unwind and increase awareness for finding solutions to stressful problems.
Over the years I dealt with hormone imbalance so my state of mind easily oscillated from peace to stress, and although my diet has been rich in proper nutrients, I often caught flu viruses. Five years ago I discovered yoga and meditation and learned to recognize the stress signals, so by practicing it I could unwind and lose the mental noise. I actually don’t even remember the last time I caught a cold.
You can’t really pinpoint the components of the immune system. It is actually a combination of structures and processes, a joint activity of our body’s cells designed to protect ourselves against pathogens.
It involves the bone marrow, the lymphatic system and thymus, but it actually is related to every single cell of our body and its capacity to function properly.
The key to supporting a healthy immune system is actually prevention, and a diet rich in nourishing nutrients is the best thing you can do to fight against pathogens, alongside maintaining a good hygiene and exercising regularly.
There are some key nutrients we should feed our body with as often as possible to support the natural detoxification function of our cells and to build a strong immune system:
Antioxidants – to reduce the damage of free radicals and support the natural detox function of our cells. All the colorful fresh vegetables and fruits contain antioxidants, especially the red, magenta and yellow ones, so make sure you eat plenty of these daily.
Essential Fatty Acids – to maintain a balanced hormone production and for reducing inflammation. Ripe avocado, ground flax, cold-pressed flax seed oil, hemp seeds and leafy vegetables are the richest sources of fatty acids.
Selenium – to reduce the oxidative stress and inflammation and activate the enzymes involved in detoxification. Rich sources of selenium are soft boiled egg yolks, Brazil and pumpkin nuts and sprouted wheat berries.
Vitamins – especially C, D, E and B-complex, for enhancing resistance against infection and inflammation. Take your vitamins from all the fresh vegetables and fruits.
Probiotics – for correcting deficiencies and increasing the activity of certain T-cells, the lymphocytes that play a central role in cell-mediated immunity. Organic raw honey, natural yogurt, natural fermented vegetables such as kimchi, sauerkraut or pickles are the most reliable sources of probiotics.
A balanced way of living, involving a healthy, nutrient-rich and diverse diet, moderate exercise, stress control through yoga and meditation, and awareness for all the wonderful things happening around us and for the miracle that life actually is—these are the things that maintain proper function of this magic immune protection within ourselves.
Looking for more recipes to enhance your immunity? Check out my Ginger Turmeric Tea for a Quick Immunity Boost, the Immune Boosting Beet Smoothie or my Sauerkraut Salad with Cranberries for Immune Support.
I love seeing your take on my recipes, so if you make this immunity boosting smoothie don’t forget to tag me on Instagram @theawesomegreen so I can see them and share with the community!
Master Immune Boosting Smoothie
- For the Orange Layer
- 1 small persimmon cut into quarters
- 1 ripe mango peeled and cut into chunks
- 1 lime juice only
- 1 tbsp nut butter of choice I used almond butter
- 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
- A pinch cayenne pepper
- 1 cup coconut milk
- For the Pink Layer
- 1 small beet root peeled and cut into small cubes
- 1 cup berries of choice fresh or frozen (I use a mix of frozen sea buckthorn, raspberries and blueberries)
- 1 small pink grapefruit peeled and cut into quarters
- 1/4 cup fresh pomegranate juice
- 1/2 cup purified water
- 5-6 fresh mint leaves
- *Optional 1 tsp organic raw honey
- To garnish: chia seeds unsweetened coconut flakes, mint leaves
- Add all the orange layer ingredients into the blender and process to obtain a smooth liquid.
- Pour evenly into the serving glasses.
- Add all the pink layer ingredients into the blender and process to obtain a puree.
- Pour on top of the orange layer.
- Garnish with chia seeds, coconut flakes and mint leaves and serve right away.
- *The resulted quantity is about 2 cups smoothie per person.
This smoothie is awesome! So vibrant and summery looking. I love the abundant health benefits it contains!
Thank you Erin, it’s really loaded with nutritious yumminess 🙂
Love this, Ana! Thank you for such a great post. I always find this time of year a bit hard, lately I have been finding myself rushing to get to yoga and then rushing afterwards, even if its a home practice. I need to remind myself to carry that calmness througout the day and not just while on the mat. Morning meditations help but are a challenge for me. You’re so right, its all about listening to your body. I just really enjoyed this one, and a gorgeous smoothie to boot! x
Thank you, Jodi! Morning calmness is a challenge for me also, but meditation and practice of self control seem to get results 🙂 I’m really happy you liked the smoothie, it’s such a delightful way to start the day 🙂
Sophie | The Green Life says
Awesome post, Ana! I love all the info you provided here. And this smoothie is so so gorgeous! It’s so vibrant and colourful! And your photos are beautiful. <3
Thank you, my dear Sophie! 🙂
Teffy @ Sprinkle of Green says
Love love loooove the colours in this smoothie!! Just so beautiful!
It’s been ages since I’ve been to yoga, and I really miss it. Planning on going tomorrow afternoon, it’s my favourite way to hush my mind chatter and connect my body and my mind. X
Yoga is so amazing, I miss it already every time I finish a session!
This has gotta be the most nutritious and gorgeous smoothie I’ve ever encountered! I myself have been battling a sinus infection for a few days now, I’ll definitely give this a go!
It will definitely help your cells with amazing nutrients and you will just love the taste!
I love this unique recipe. A lot of ingredients and it would definitely give you a boost if you weren’t feeling great. My smoothies never look that pretty like in your pictures. 🙂
I just shared it in a immune smoothie recipe post if that is OK with you. http://blenderauthority.com/immune-boosting-smoothie-recipes/
Thanks so much, Anna, happy to be featured in your recipe collection! 🙂
Chelsea E Jander says
Where o where did you buy that glass cup?! It is beautiful!
Chelsea E Jander says
Where o where did you buy that glass cup?! It is beautiful – I need to have it in my life!
Hi Chelsea, if I remember well it’s from Zara Home, I bought it a few years ago 🙂
This smoothie is really looks great and healthy. The ingredients are full of anti-oxidant. I love orange, mango and coconut water in my smoothie. Thanks for putting them together.
Happy to read you like the recipe, Donna! 🙂
Immune booster plus very refreshing! what a great idea, thanks for sharing
Thanks so much for the feedback!
That was delicious. My compliments to the chef!