Saturday, 12 May 2012
I call this my Popeye Flu Buster Smoothie! Whenever I feel a little flu coming, this smoothie seems to keep it at bay. If you've tried green smoothies already, you know the amazing health benefits that comes out of every glass.
Well here's my own flu buster concoction.
2 cups baby spinach leaves
Juice from 1/2 lemon
2 tablespoons maple syrup (adjust to taste)
1 apple (I usually peel)
Water as required if too thick
Place all ingredients in a blender (alternatively use a hand blender) and blend until smooth.
It's best consumed immediately.
And just a little analysis on the ingredients:
Spinach for its great amounts of antioxidants, chlorophyll, vitamin C and iron. We all know that antioxidants are essential for optimum health. Chlorophyll, because they enable the body to be more receptive to sunlight, enhances the immune system, purifies the blood and rejuvenates the body (according to some experts). Iron helps boost the immune system. A deficiency in iron results in anaemia and weakens the body's immunity which makes it more prone to catching infections.
Lemon juice for vitamin C that also helps in the absorption of iron.
Maple Syrup for magnesium which also supports a healthy immune system and regulate blood sugar levels.
Apple for added vitamins and taste :).
Green smoothies are great for all the vitamins and minerals they bring to the body but most importantly they are alkalinising foods. Viruses cannot thrive in an alkaline environment and keeping a proper alkaline balance in the body makes it difficult for viruses to survive. You can do your own research on alkaline diet and foods. While there is no convincing scientific or medical evidence of the benefits of an alkaline diet, a lot of people have and are benefiting from such a diet which has in some cases proved to cure cancer and many other diseases. So, this one is up to you to research.
Disclaimer: I am not a doctor or naturopathist / herbalist, this is not a prescription for flu but only my own experience as an avid embracer of kitchen table medicine and natural remedies. So, always consult your doctor if you have a particular condition before consuming anything you are not sure of.