Fighting a Cold with Juice, Garlic and Echinacea

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Well, it finally hit me…this cold strain that has hit just about everyone I know in the Copenhagen area including my husband. I was able to escape it so far but it seems that the recent rainy weather has left me open to coming down with it.

So, how do I combat it? I don’t just lay down and let it take over, I am taking charge! That’s right itchy ears, snotty nose and soar throat…the fight is on!

The first thing I do is make a double pot of white tea, which is apparently superior to green tea with lower caffeine and higher antioxidants, and I personally think it tastes better. Then, after breakfast I took my multi-vitamin and add an extra 500 mg of Vitamin C together with about 30 drops of echinacea. For lunch, I made a broccoli soup with lots of garlic, which is a great immune booster and natural sort of antibiotic. Then, I took some garlic “pills” or basically cut up small pieces of fresh garlic and took them like a pill. I don’t chew them, just wash them down the hatch with lots of water.

 Now, I need to run a quick errand, so I’ll stop at the grocery store and pick up some ingredients so that I can make a “Immune Zoom” smoothie including a mango, apple, 2 passion fruit, orange and added echinacea juice. It’s a recommended cocktail in a new book I got about juicing called, “The Complete Juice Book,” by Suzanne Olivier and Johanna Farrow. It’s a beautifully designed book with loads of great recipes and incredible photography. 

 I am also learning new tips and tricks with juicing from another book called, “Dr. Jensen’s Juicing Therapy: Nature’s Way to Better Health and A Longer Life”. Since I am so interested in the health properties in food, I also picked up “Dr. Jensen’s Guide to Body Chemistry and Nutrition,” and am learning little by little about nutrition.

Hopefully after a good night’s sleep tonight, my body will win the good fight and I will overcome the drips once again!

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