For years, I’ve been living with leukopenia, a chronic low white blood count including low neutrophils. Basically, this means I need all the help I can get to avoid getting sick.
Day to day I make conscious choices to be well like eating lots of vegetables and alkaline foods, exercising regularly, getting sufficient sleep, drinking plenty of water, and taking time out to meditate.
Also, I have been living sugar free for twelve years now (which is a big deal considering sugar was my best friend for a long time). There are many reasons to avoid sugar, but one of the biggest is that sugar depresses the immune system.
Last week my husband had a bad cold. In the car together on our way into New York City, we stopped at one of my favorite stores,Deans Market in Basking Ridge, New Jersey. Deans is conveniently right off route 78, and they have a fresh juice bar which I love.
The woman behind the counter at the juice bar recommended my husband get a “hot shot” to help with his cold. Desperate to feel better, he took her advice. Amazingly, the hot shot did the trick. Almost instantly, he felt relief from the sinus congestion and by the next day was barely blowing his nose. And lucky for me, I didn’t get catch his cold!
Whether you have a cold or simply want to boost your immune system, here’s a recipe to make your own hot shot.
What are your tricks for busting the flu or cold? I’d love to know, please leave a comment below!
Immunity Booster Hot Shot:
1 lemon, peeled and seeded
4 whole cloves garlic, peeled
One inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled
1 teaspoon flax or Body Bio Balance oil
Dash of cayenne pepper
Place the lemon, garlic and ginger in your juicer, one at a time. Pour juice into a shot glass and top with oil and cayenne. Drink quickly and chase with water or juice as needed. Alternatively, use a garlic press to juice the garlic and ginger mix with fresh squeezed lemon juice. Cheers!