Remember the well known saying "A healthy body starts from the inside out"?
There is no doubt that our bodies are amazing machines. A healthy body is constantly working hard to fight off viruses and bad bacteria, all while keeping our energy levels up to power us through the day. A vital component of having a healthy body is maintaining a healthy immune system.
Damaging your immune system can wreak havoc to your lifestyle in both the short and long run and create a long list of seemingly unrelated (but definitely related) issues down the track. From someone who has previously weakened their immune system by contracting glandular fever, I can honestly say it took a solid five years before my immune system was back operating at its former glory.
Along with getting enough sleep each night (try and aim for a minimum of 8 hours each and every night...yes, I know, I can just picture all the mum's and dad's out there rolling their eyes), making sure you are feeding your body a healthy range of vitamins and minerals is crucial.
For a lot of people though, this is far easier said than done. For those passionate about cooking and food, finding ways to incorporate a variety of different fruits and vegetables in their diet is an easy exercise. For the rest of the population who have mastered somewhere between five to seven different dishes and will simply rotate through them on a weekly basis, being told they have to start incorporating kale, silverbeet or beetroot into their diet can seem overwhelming and unachievable.
Those five to seven dishes may indeed be healthy but variety in the foods we eat is so important for maintaining gut health and keeping our immunity defences strong.
That is why a lot of us turn to juicing.
Juicing is an easy way to experiment with different fruits and vegetables. Eating handfuls of spinach at one sitting isn't for everyone, but juiced along with apple, ginger and pear? It suddenly doesn't seem so bad.
Below we have specially crafted a recipe that is not only delicious but will help give your immunity a little boost.
Why is this recipe good for you immunity?
Spinach is not just rich in vitamin C but is is also full of numerous antioxidants and beta carotene, which may both increase the infection-fighting ability of our immune systems.
Oranges are packed with vitamins and minerals including vitamin C, vitamin D and they also have Vitamin A that helps reduce inflammation and aid the immune system.
Celery is a great source of antioxidants and may also help fight infections with its antimicrobial properties, which can also assist in boosting the immune system.
Ginger is known for boosting our immune system as it has anti-inflammatory properties and it can also help improve brain function.
Easy Immunity Juice Recipe | MOD Appliances
2 cups raw spinach, washed
2 oranges, peeled and cut into quarters
3 stalks of celery, washed and cut into 1-2 cm pieces
1-inch piece of ginger root, washed
Set up your MOD Cold Press for juicing (see the juicing handbook for more detailed instructions);
Slowly feed the produce down the chute;
Serve the juice with a couple of ice cubes.