Juicing for a Cold: Recipes to Fight Back
I’ll preface this by saying I’m not a doctor, but it doesn’t take one to realize the benefits of juicing regularly. However, we’re all human and sometimes its been a few weeks since our last juice. Maybe it’s winter time and a cold is going around the office. You eat right, get plenty of sleep and workout regularly. Then one morning you feel it. That scratchy feeling in your throat and pressure in your head. Despite your best efforts to stay healthy, you’ve caught a cold. Here’s how you can use the power of juicing for a cold.
Juicing for a Cold
Getting colds suck. You feel helpless and curse to the gods for the cold to go away. We’ve all been there. I’m here to tell you it doesn’t have to be that way. These days when I feel it coming on, which is quite rare, I immediately turn to juicing for a cold. Juicing gives the kick start my immune system needs to fight off the common cold.
Each of my past two colds has lasted a little over 24 hours thanks in part to juicing. As soon as I feel a cold coming on I’ll immediately go to the grocery store, and pick up fresh produce to juice. I’ll prepare the juices and then drink at least 2 per day until the cold is gone.
In each case, the next day the worst of the cold was over, and by the following day, completely gone.
Since I never go to the doctors for a cold, I have to credit a large part of this to juicing. It doesn’t take a genius to see why. Fruits and vegetables contain a wide range of vitamins and minerals that our bodies need. When you juice, you send a concentrated shot of those valuable vitamins and minerals straight into your body. This reinforces your immune system, getting you back to 100% quicker than normal.
Juicing for a cold is a great way to get over one. What you juice is just as important, though. That’s why I’ve put together a few juicing recipes that I use to help me get over a cold.
The Green Monsta’
This juice is my favorite go-to for fighting off a cold. The kale and carrots give you a shot of Vitamin C and Vitamin A, both of which assist your body in fighting off colds. Vitamin A also helps with inflammation. The lemon helps to raise the PH of your body, making you more alkaline. This creates an unfavorable environment for harmful bacteria.
- 1 Green Apple
- 1 Lemon
- 2 Kale stalks
- 3 Carrots
- 2 Celery stalks
The Kiwi Boost Juice
This juice is a bit sweeter than the Green Monsta’ but still, packs a nutritional punch. The ginger is great for settling an upset stomach. While the kiwi gives you 5 times the Vitamin C of an orange. Kiwi’s are easily one of the most underrated fruits out there and one of my favorites to juice. Try them out!
- 2 Kiwi (with skin)
- 3 Celery Stalks
- Green Apple
- slice of Ginger
This juice has a Fennel base. Fennel is another great source of Vitamin C. One thing to note about Fennel is it tastes like black licorice. If you’re a fan, like me, then this juice is for you.
- 1/2 Fennel
- Green Apple
- 1/2 Lemon
- 2 Carrots
- slice of Ginger
Next time you feel a cold coming on reach for a fresh juice instead of the usual cold medicine. You’ll give your body the vitamins it craves. Not to mention you’ll probably get over the cold quicker. If you don’t have a juicer yet, then check out our review of the Omega J8006 masticating juicer here.
Let us know what juice recipes you like to use when juicing for a cold in the comments below.
PS: For more great juicing recipes, check out this collection.