Following on from the first in this serious of blog posts to boost our natural immune defences we take a look at three more foods that can be used in combination to make a drink that is somewhat spicy and warming. In this post we look at Chili, Garlic and Ginger that can be finely sliced and added to filtered water to make a warming, soothing and refreshing drink. This blend offers benefits to various health conditions that you may want to look into further. I've remained focused on the nutrient value and making a drink that I hope if you try it will enjoy it.
Even though these items are natural, organic and often used in culinary dishes they can be contra-indicated with certain medications and it is your responsibility to check with your medical provider or a herbalist if it is safe to use these products as described..
Chili offers the following vitamins; A, C, B6, K1, and minerals Potassium, Copper. Bioactive plant compounds offered by chili are; Capsanthin, Violaxanthin, Lutein, Capsaicin, Sinapic acid, Ferule acid.
Garlic offers the following vitamins; B1, B6, C and minerals Manganese, Selenium, calcium, copper, potassium, phosphorus, iron. Garlic offers the following compounds; Sulphur, diallyl disulphide, s-allyl cysteine, and allicin. Scientists have proven the health benefits of sulphur compounds in chopped, crushed or chewed garlic – so use is raw. Allicin is an unstable compound that is rapidly depleted once the clove has been cut or crushed.
Ginger offers small amounts of vitamin C and minerals iron and magnesium. The main bioactive compound is gingerol and is found to be the component that provides antioxidant and anti-inflammatory beneficial effects.
A warming immune boosting drink
To make your immune boosting drink begin the night before, then your drink is ready for in the following day when you can sip it throughout the day.
A clean glass jug (avoid plastic)
A sharp paring knife
1 teaspoon chilli
1 garlic clove
One teaspoon fresh ginger root
250 mls filtered water
Filtered water, purified is better but filtered will do; filtering removes heavy metals, medication residues, and other particles that can be a burden to the immune system
Simply place sliced chilli, garlic clove and ginger root into the jar.
Pour the water over the mix and let stand overnight. You may warm the water to help release nourishment into the water, avoid boiling water as this may destroy nutrients.