We’re in the midst of flu season, which makes me paranoid. I’ve already had a cold recently and couldn’t do my long run, so I better not get sick again until April!
My foodie aunt found a magic tea that protects you from the flu. I had one every single day last week, and it’s working so far!
- green tea
- 1 lemon slice
- a pinch of cayenne pepper
- a small handful of goji berries
- 1 squirt of honey
How is it magic? Look at all the benefits of what’s in it!
“Green tea’s health benefits — particularly its potential to fight cancer and heart disease — has been more than intriguing, as have limited studies about green tea’s role in lowering cholesterol, burning fat, preventing diabetes and stroke, and staving off dementia” (source).
“The two biggest are lemons’ strong antibacterial, antiviral, and immune-boosting powers and their use as a weight loss aid because lemon juice is a digestive aid and liver cleanser. Lemons contain many substances–notably citric acid, calcium, magnesium, vitamin C, bioflavonoids, pectin, and limonene–that promote immunity and fight infection” (source).
Though cayenne pepper has many health benefits, some specifically relate to the flu.
“Cayenne pepper aids in breaking up and moving congested mucus. Once mucus begins to leave the body, generally relief from flu symptoms follows”(source).
I didn’t know that goji berries existed before last week! Why are they healthy? They’re full of antioxidants, which “boost the immune system and lower cholesterol”(source).
Honey is an immune booster. It has a “type of antioxidant that helps to protect cells from free radical damage. It can also contribute to heart health as well as protect against cancer”(source).
All I know is if you need me – you can find me chugging this tea all week!