Recipe of Anti-inflammatory Drinks. When people talk about inflammation, they’re talking about your immune system’s response to a perceived injury or infection. When you’re injured, this inflammation is a good thing. The area you injured will become red and swell as an army of beneficial white blood cells flow in to fight infection and help you heal. The same response occurs in other parts of your body when you encounter a virus or infection. But sometimes this immune response occurs when it shouldn’t. It can be triggered, for example, when you are exposed to toxins, and by other causes such as chronic stress, obesity, and autoimmune disorders. In these cases, instead of moving in, healing the problem, and then returning to normal, the inflammation persists over time. It’s thought that this chronic state of inflammation can lead to numerous health problems, including heart disease, arthritis, depression, Alzheimer’s disease, and even cancer. To combat this damaging chronic inflammation, choose the right foods, avoiding those that can trigger chronic inflammation, including red meat, refined carbohydrates (such as white bread and muffins), fried foods, and sugary drinks. Instead, opt for green leafy vegetables and fruits, nuts, fatty fish, and olive oil. Also focus on exercising enough, getting the right amount of sleep, and keeping stress under control. These drinks deliver a variety of nutrients, antioxidants and free radical fighting compounds to keep inflammation at bay. Immune boosters prepared on low heat. Can be served chilled, warm or hot.

A. Elderberry (Holunderberren)Tee.

2 cups of Water,

2 tablespoons of dried elderberries,

1 Cinnamon stick Simmer for 15mins.

B. Jamu.

I cup of chopped fresh Turmeric,

1 cup of chopped fresh Ginger root.

Teaspoon Black pepper 

4 cups of Coconut water water.

1 lemon

2 tablespoons of honey Blend and simmer for 20 mins and then sieve it.

C. Ginger shots.

¼ Cup of fresh chopped ginger root,

1/3 Cup of lemon juice (4 lemons),

¼ of coconut water, 

¼ Teaspoon cayenne pepper. Blend and sieve.

D. Pineapple Turmeric Smoothie . (Perfect for hot weather)

A tablespoon pilled and grated turmeric,​

A teaspoon pilled and grated fresh ginger,

2 cups of frozen pineapple junks,

1 cup of dairy free milk 

1 banana Blend until nice and smoothie.

Luscious Blueberry Smoothie.

2 cups of frozen blueberries,

2 cups of coconut water,

½ cups of yoghurt or kefir, (beneficial probiotics)

1 Frozen banana

1 tablespoon of flax seeds, (high source of omega 3 fats) Blend together until beautifully creamy and purple. F. Green Juice.

2 tablespoons of lime juice (I lime),

1 Sliced Cucumber

3 stalked of chopped Celery,

1 Apple, cored and sliced into pieces,

3 kale leaves,

I cup of spinach,

Chunk of ginger. Blend to smoothie or pour it in to a nut milk bag and press the liquid out. G. Apple, carrot, beet smoothie.

3 peeled and chunked carrots,

1 medium peeled and chunked beet,

1 cored Apple,

1 juiced Orange,

Chunk of fresh ginger.

Blend all the ingredients on high to a smoothie. To make a juice out of a smoothie you can always strain it. Enjoy!

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Article by Ms Julia Kinyanjui

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