Smoothie Recipes To Fight The Flu


Smoothies to help beat the flu

It's that time of year again when everyone seems to come down with coughs, sore throats and runny noses. Pills and medicine can help reduce the effects of the flu, but the most important factor in avoiding illness and boosting your immune system's natural defences is a healthy and well-balanced diet. Smoothies are a great way to pack a whole heap of useful foods into a simple drink, and as the fruits and vegetables used are raw, no vitamins, minerals or antioxidants are lost in the process. The very best way to enjoy a smoothie is by making your own. Shop bought varieties, as well as being expensive, can have added nasties, sugars and preservatives. With a blender and a little bit of trial and error, your own creations will be much tastier and healthier than anything money can buy.

What to include in your smoothie

The great thing about a home-made smoothie is that you can switch things up for your own particular taste. If you have a sweet tooth, try a dash of honey. It has been used by humans as a medicine for thousands of years, and is today endorsed by the World Health Organisation as being as effective as over-the-counter flu remedies and is much better than refined sugar. Don't over do it though, as it is still a basic sugar that contains large amounts of calories. For those that like a thicker, creamier style drink, frozen banana chunks straight from the freezer gives a great taste, and packs in vitamin C, potassium and dietary fibre, all of which are fantastic for overall health. For those who are suffering for a large amount of pain, instead of aspirin or paracetamol, try a dash of cayenne pepper. It sounds bizarre but the pepper contains a compound named capsicum which, along with making foods spicy, acts as a natural pain killer and is less harmful to a stressed out body.

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