Try these dietary flu “shots”, a mixture of immune-boosting ingredients this winter.
Try these dietary flu “shots”, a mixture of immune-boosting ingredients this winter.

Getting ready to defend yourself from the flu this winter? Try these dietary flu “shots”, a mixture of immune-boosting ingredients in a shot-glass. They are packed with immune-boosting nutrients, antimicrobial properties, and pain-relieving and decongestant effects.

Red hot flu-fighting shot

  • 1 crushed garlic clove
  • 30 ml fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • ½ teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 level teaspoon finely grated or chopped fresh ginger
  • 1 red chilli, finely chopped.

Combine all the ingredients in a small glass and drink it all in one go.

If you have very sore throat, you may want to try the milder version:

Soothing flu shot

  • 1 crushed garlic clove
  • 25 ml fresh orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated or chopped fresh ginger.

Combine all the ingredients in a small glass and drink it all in one go.

Soothing tea

  • 2 green tea bags
  • 1 large lemon, sliced
  • Fresh ginger root – 2 pieces of approximately 5 cm, cleaned and roughly chopped
  • 1 tablespoon honey.

In a teapot, combine 2 teabags with 600 ml boiling water. Add sliced lemon, chopped ginger and honey and let stand for 5 – 10 minutes. Drink 200 ml 3 times per day.

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Andrea Du Plessis
Andrea du Plessis is a well-known registered dietician with a passion for healthcare through nutrition, natural remedies and a healthy lifestyle. She regularly presents talks and educational workshops on nutrition throughout the country. Du Plessis is also known as the resident health and nutrition expert on SABC3’s Expresso breakfast TV show.