Just because it’s hot outside doesn’t mean our immune systems can’t use a little extra love. So why not do it with a refreshing mocktail in hand? To help you stay cool while nourishing your body, try this healthy drink recipe for an Immune Boosting Beet-Turmeric Refresher made with green tea, turmeric, ginger, lemon, and beet crystals. This healthy mocktail is not only hydrating, but it’s kind of like having a sunset (or sunrise) in your glass. Great for your immune system, it’s also nutrient and antioxidant-rich, super-refreshing, and easy to make. You may even have most of the ingredients in your pantry right now.
Here are some of the immune-boosting health benefits of what’s in this drink:
Providing the liquid base for this recipe, green tea contains a rich concentration of plant compounds called polyphenols that act as antioxidants in the body. They have also been proven in studies to have several health benefits, including boosting our metabolism, protecting our cells from the effects of aging and disease. (1) The polyphenols in green tea called catechins (ECGC is one type) are incredibly beneficial and have shown evidence to be antimicrobial, antifungal, antiviral, and also can strengthen immune cells, according to recent research. (2)
Shown to have both antibacterial and antiviral effects, tart and tangy lemons are also an excellent natural source of vitamin C, an antioxidant, and an essential vitamin that can help protect and stimulate white blood cells’ production while protecting them. Like green tea, lemons also contain polyphenols. Not only can these natural antioxidants help to boost your immune system, but they also act as a prebiotic, which can help promote the growth of the good bacteria which keep your gut healthy, where 70% of your immune system cells reside. ( 3)
Two tablespoons of lemon juice are all you’ll need for this recipe.
Raw honey is a nourishing food that has antioxidant, antimicrobial, antibacterial, and antifungal properties. (4) It’s also great as a sore throat remedy! But mānuka honey (made by bees that pollinate the wild mānuka tree in New Zealand) in particular has health-boosting qualities not found in other types of honey. In general, the antimicrobial properties in all honey are due to its hydrogen peroxide content. But mānuka honey contains enzymes and compounds that still continue to act powerfully even when the hydrogen peroxide content is removed. It’s the action and range of three signature compounds—Methylglyoxal (MGO), Leptosperin, and Dihydroxyacetone (DHA)—that make mānuka honey so unique and beneficial. (5)