As of today, we are officially 18 days away from fall which means cold/flu season is approaching and for us, that means it's time to take action and prepare our immune systems as best we can!
There are five major types of white blood cells and they are the soldiers of our lymphatic/immune system. Each type plays a different position in protecting and defending our bodies against infection and is activated at different stages of infection for different types of infection. An inflated percentage of a certain type of white blood cell can indicate signs of an ailment present.
For example, if your neutrophils are high, this can indicate a bacterial infection. To learn how to differentiate between a bacterial and viral infection, grab the Bloodwork Basics course by clicking the link in the resources section at the end of this article. (keep reading *hint *hint)
Back to the topic at hand, the point is that our White Blood Cells are responsible for ensuring that we don't get sick and that our bodies are strong enough to fight sickness off in the event we do. With this knowledge in mind, we can assist our white blood cells in doing their jobs by consuming foods and herbs that will support their function.
We've all heard of turmeric shots, well maybe you haven't so let me tell you, they are a big deal in the world of fresh pressed juice, detox, and immune system boosting. They can add up at your local juice bar when you think about buying one a day every day for a few weeks at $2.50+ each for a family of four.
Well, we bypass all of that and make our own at home and we want to share it with you! The Recipe features:
Turmeric assisting in boosting the white blood cell count while reducing inflammation in others. It contains curcumin which has powerful anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, antifungal, and anti-oxidant properties. However, curcumin is not absorbed well in the body, so we paired it with Black Pepper.
Black Pepper boosts the absorption of curcumin by 2000% by making it easier to pass through the intestinal wall and into the bloodstream.
Echinacea is scientifically known to shorten and prevent cold and flu as well as reduce symptoms with its antiviral and antioxidant properties. It helps stimulating the production of higher amounts of lymphocytes which are the virus attacking white blood cells.
Oranges for a vitamin C boost, immunity's life and strength.
AND MORE! (See recipe below)
Before we get into the recipe, make your highly concentrated echinacea tea. Either use loose echinacea root and strain it or purchase echinacea tea bags from your local grocery store.
Pour half a cup of boiling water of 1 tbsp tea or 1 tea bag and cover. Allow to steep for 30 minutes.
6 inches ginger root
1 Tbsp Turmeric Root Powder
1/2 tsp black pepper
High Concentrate Echinacea Tea
Nut Milk bag(preferred) or cheese cloth
16oz mason jar for storage
1. Cut lemon in half and use citrus juicer or hand to extract juice.
2. Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
3. Pour into nut milk bag and extract juice into a bowl. Place pulp in compost.
4. Pour juice into your mason jar where it will store safely in refrigerator for up to three days or store in freezer safe bags where you can store for up to 6 months.
Adults: 1-2 oz daily for preventative. Take three times daily at the sign of a cold.
Children (1 and older): 1-2 tsp daily for preventative. Two to three times daily at the sign of a cold.
I hope you enjoy! Happy Healing Family!
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