Instead of running to the drug store and picking up an expensive cold medication that only masks symptoms, try sipping one of these simple antioxidant packed hot drinks instead. Pomegranate juice, citrus, ginger, green and black tea, cayenne and cinnamon are a few ingredients that are loaded with antioxidants and are proven to be effective at boosting your immune system. Here are four delicious drink recipes that incorporate one or more of these powerful cold-fighting foods.
Ginger is another powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory and has been shown to have soothing effects on cold symptoms. Green and black teas are also rich in antioxidants and help keep the immune system in top fighting shape. For a video tutorial on how to make this tea drink, click here.
Cayenne pepper naturally does what many cold medicines try to do. It effectively breaks up mucus and helps clear your respiratory passages, giving you quicker relief from cold symptoms. It also has immune strengthening and antimicrobial properties, making it a great food to consume to help prevent a cold from even coming on.
Pomegranates, which are in season during the winter months, are one of the most powerful known sources of antioxidants. Combine with apple cider and comforting spices for a tasty immune strengthening beverage.
Many people swear by the popular Hot Toddy's ability to soothe and relieve cold symptoms. The traditional version combines whiskey with lemon and honey for a soothing and citrusy hot beverage. For those cases where you just don't feel like the booze, or if you're making this kid-friendly, try this Hot Toddy recipe. The antioxidant quotient is bumped up by the addition of fresh orange and chamomile tea.
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