Flu season is here. NYC is getting hit pretty hard this year. I didn’t get a flu shot. Not because I’m part of any anti-vaccine movements, but because I haven’t gotten the flu shot in the last 7 years due to sheer laziness of not wanting to go to the drug store and because, a while back, I looked at some statistical data released by the CDC on the flu shot and flu prevalence rates, and decided I’d take my chances. I also haven’t caught the flu in 7 years…, but I am a bit of a loner. 😉 If I worked in a hospital or school setting, I would most likely get the flu shot, but for now, I don’t. Some say I’m playing Russian Roulette. Eh…wouldn’t be the first time, and my odds aren’t bad for 7 years. 😉
Anyhow, I am always looking for natural ways to boost my immune system, especially during flu season. The best ways are probably a good night’s sleep, stress reduction, my every day sound therapy, and a healthy diet. I often use essential oils ( especially at bath time) and homemade concoctions full of super-foods. Today, I’m sharing one of those concoctions:
All you need is:
4 cups water, Ginger Root, Turmeric Root, Organic Honey, Fresh Lemon Juice & a Nutribullet. Basically, I just throw everything in the Nutribullet and blend it together for a minute. I will say this, I don’t use turmeric powder. I use the actual turmeric root, which I buy in bulk in Little India, NYC, since I’m lucky enough to live close to it. The turmeric can taste quite bitter, so depending on your preference, add more or less honey and lemon. I call this particular drink my anti-inflammatory mega booster. Honey, ginger root and turmeric root are dynamite when it comes to anti-inflammatory properties. ( That’s not just an Old Wives’ Tale, as there is solid science to back it up.) I usually make this concoction when I’m sleep deprived or a bit under the weather. Like today, for instance. When I drink it, I literally tingle all over. I have no idea what that “tingle” means on a physiological level. Maybe nothing. That said, “tingling” has become synonymous with “working” in the world of wellness, and I believe I’m somewhat conditioned to believe that “tingling” means “working.” I mean, I’d rather tingle than not tingle. If I didn’t tingle, I probably would refrain from sharing my anti-inflammatory mega booster with you.