In these challenging times, when the world is fighting the pandemic, what is the best thing you can do as an individual to increase the odds of winning the battle if COVID-19 hits you?
Who will be our closest ally in the fight against a virus? The answer is your immune system.
Now more than ever, it is crucial to boost your immune system, so it's top-tuned and ready to fight when the enemy attacks.
Here are some immune-boosting recipes from Dr. Christine Gonzalez
1. Virus prevention and control tea:
Wash 25 pcs small or 13 pcs large fresh organic turmeric root, 3 inches ginger root, 1 bulb garlic (preferably native), peeled and crushed, 25 pcs calamansi or two organic lemons, juiced.
Thinly slice or grate turmeric and ginger, with skin on.
Boil 3 cups of distilled water. Add turmeric, ginger, and garlic. Turn off heat and add the calamansi.
Cover and infuse/steep for 15 minutes. Let it cool. Take 1 cup, three times a day, if possible.
This drink rebuilds immunity and is the best anti-inflammatory remedy. It is proven effective for cough, cold, fever, flu-like symptoms, sore throat, etc.
Food functions to rebuild living tissues, supply energy, and preserve a proper medium in which the biochemical processes of the body can take place. If the food we eat fails to perform these functions adequately, then our immune system becomes compromised, the body cannot utilize the bioactive components of each fare, and toxicity develops.
The food that fights viral infections and disease growth are generally the same: fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans, nuts, seeds, spices, and micro-algae. All have essential nutrients and other infection-fighting substances (phytochemicals) that strengthen immune function.
Choose different colors of products to obtain the full spectrum of complementary nutrients your body needs.
Consider planting, eating, and buying organic food to avoid antibiotics, artificial growth hormones, high-fructose corn syrup, synthetic dyes made from tar and petrochemicals, artificial sweeteners derived from chemicals, chemical pesticides and fertilizers, genetically engineered proteins and ingredients, sewage sludge, and irradiation. All of these weaken our immune system.
Feed the body with nutritious meals, and avoid the junk, processed and fast-food and drinks.
- Snack on boiled or uncooked banana, steamed sweet potato, or steamed/boiled cassava.
- Stay with healthy, complex carbohydrates: black/brown rice, Adlai, quinoa, root crops.
- Hydrate well with coconut water, purified water with lemon or calamansi, cucumber, lemongrass, tarragon, or peppermint teas.
- Limit sweets to mangoes, local orange, jackfruit, and soursop.
- Go green: steam or juice leaves of sweet potato, moringa, Malabar spinach, and other local veggies.
- If meat cannot be avoided, limit intake but buy the high-quality kind.
- Drink power teas: green, matcha, sencha, chamomile, and ginger.
- Use virgin coconut oil (VCO) for oil pulling, which kills bacteria in the mouth and helps keep teeth healthy. Add 1 tbsp VCO to organic berry smoothie.
More immunity boosters
Ampalaya juice and a fresh Pinoy fruit salad.
Ampalaya has been scientifically proven to lower blood sugar with its insulin-like peptide cucurbitacins. High blood sugar is an aggravating factor in people infected with COVID-19.
Ampalaya is a good source of vitamins C, B, beta-carotene, iron, calcium, phosphorus.
Studies also show that the juice of ampalaya has antiviral properties even more effective than acyclovir, an antiviral drug.
Ampalaya Pineapple Juice
1 whole medium fresh pineapple, cut for juicing
8 pieces (1-ft long ea)
Fresh ampalaya, seeds removed and sliced for juicing
Juice with a juicer (best) or a blender (good enough). Pour into a pitcher and chill in the refrigerator before serving.
Pinoy Fruit Salad
This salad is rich in vitamins, minerals, high in fiber, and offers a wide range of immune-boosting antioxidants.
1 c each of bananas (sliced and mixed with 2 tsp of calamansi juice), sliced pineapples, papaya cubes, fresh guava bits, watermelon cubes, melon cubes, bignay berries
Cashew and pili nuts crushed, quantity depends on preference
A handful of fresh basil leaves
2-3 c of coconut cream, pasteurized, cooled and whipped with coconut sugar to taste
In a bowl, mix the fruits with nuts. Add whipped coconut cream. Add or garnish with basil leaves. Chill and serve.
More immune-boosting recipes will follow soon.
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