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So you're sitting there, reading this post and wondering how the holidays flew by so quickly, right? While immersed in all the hustle and bustle, the days seem to intertwine with endless chores, tasks and presents to buy, wrap or ship. Endless meals are served and consumed. Your sleep, workouts and eating routines are all cast aside. I totally feel depleted and a bit exhausted by January, which has become my norm.
Once January arrives, I take time to detox and rebuild. I focus on going to bed at a normal time. My eating returns back to a normal schedule/amount, as well as my training. I use this time to repair and focus on myself a bit more after all of the craziness has diminished. Kids are back in school, hopefully the clutter of new gifts/clothes have been put away and the world takes a deep sigh of relief, as we've survived another busy season.
This drink is a wonderful immunity booster for your body. It requires very basic ingredients that you most likely have in your fridge and pantry. This recipe yields enough for leftovers, stored in your fridge, to help your body recover a bit and protect you from seasonal colds & ailments (all of which my kids have had over the holiday break). This beverage can be warmed up and enjoyed hot or consumed chilled right from the fridge.
A little background on some of the powerhouse ingredients in this recipe. Ginger has been found to be an immunity booster, known for its power to kill staph and strep viruses and help aid in digestion, as well as soothing nausea. Ginger also helps to reduce pain in the body, reduces heart attacks/strokes and fights cancer in the body to name a few.
Lemons helps reduce heart attacks/strokes, improves complexion, as well as boost your immune system. Garlic helps fight against the common cold, helps reduce blood pressure and several studies point towards improve athletic performance. Finally, cayenne is known to boost metabolism, fight against infections, relieves joint and nerve pain and aid in digestion. Food is amazing at healing the body... this recipe is perfect post-holiday reboot & safeguard against the plethora of germs this winter season. I hope you enjoy.
6-7 lemons, juiced (I used Meyer Lemons)
2-3 inch nub of fresh ginger, peeled
3 tablespoons of agave or maple syrup
1 clove of garlic, peeled
1/4 teaspoon of ground cayenne powder
4 cups of fresh water
Into your food processor, add all of your ingredients and blend until fully blended and the ginger and garlic are undetectable visually. I blended on high for about 1 minute in my Vitamix.
Store in an airtight - glass jar or container. This immunity booster can be served in small shot glasses for a smaller dose, cold from the fridge or warmed up in a mug for you to slowly sip and enjoy.
I used Meyer Lemons but regular lemons would work beautifully. Fresh ginger works to add a healthy punch to this beverage.
No fancy equipment needed - a simple electric or hand juicer works perfectly.