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  • Liz Hoobchaak

Immuni-TEA Boost

Updated: Jan 20, 2023

Green tea is loaded with disease fighting antioxidants and polyphenols. One particular polyphenol called EGCG, has been studied extensively for its ability to alleviate inflammation and enhance immunity.


Not only does green tea have antimicrobial properties that inhibit the growth of bacteria and viruses, but it has many other numerous benefits as well. Studies have indicated that it can improve brain function and may lower your risk of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease in old age.


Turmeric and ginger are two herbal ingredients that have long been studied and shown to possess very high antioxidant properties and help boost our immune system functioning. Adding black peppercorns helps to increase the rate at which turmeric is absorbed by the body by almost 2000%! They have a synergistic relationship and when working together, they can greatly enhance your immune function, reduce inflammation and improve digestion.



This homemade green tea has SO MANY good things in it that are powerhouses for your immune system.


Start every day with a shot of this homemade brew to give your immune system the boost it needs to keep you healthy all winter long!


Ingredients

4 cups of water

3 bags of green tea

1/2 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice

1 tbsp honey

1 tbsp fresh grated ginger

1/2 tsp fresh grated turmeric

1/2 tsp of whole black peppercorns

Directions:

  1. Boil water and brew green tea using your preferred method. Let steep for 10-15 minutes.

  2. Once steeped, transfer tea to a medium sized saucepan and bring to a light boil.

  3. Add lemon juice, honey, ginger and turmeric and let simmer for 5 minutes.

  4. Let tea cool down a bit then drain tea into a glass pitcher with a fine sieve.

  5. This can be served hot or cold, both ways are delicious!

The quantity of the ingredients listed above makes a very concentrated tea. Vary the amount of water added to dilute it as necessary to appeal to your tastes.


A note about turmeric: although I love using fresh turmeric in many recipes, I don’t love that it can easily stain your hands and dishware. If you find that you cannot remove a stain with just soap and water, using some vinegar, that should do the trick!



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