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We're washing our hands, we're sanitizing, we're social distancing... but can we do more?

Build up that immunity from the inside out. 

I will be sending you recipes that help build immunity to try to make our defenses stronger.

I hope you are able to incorporate some of them into your routine,
I hope you can find the supplies to make them!
(I had trouble this weekend finding turmeric so let me know how YOU'RE doing on that.)
Makes about 32 oz

•   4 cups water
•   4 oz (about 4”) fresh turmeric root
•   4 oz (about 4”) fresh ginger root
•   2 tablespoons of whole chai spices*
•   Juice of 4 lemons
•   4- 5 tablespoons of honey

1.  Fill saucepan with water.
2.  Scrub (you don’t need to peel) the ginger and turmeric roots, chop them up and add to water, along with chai spices*
3.  Simmer, gently, for about 2 hours. 
4.  Turn off heat and let cool in pan.
5.  When cool, strain into a glass container.
6.  Add the lemon juice and honey.
7.  Keep refrigerated and drink 6 oz every morning.

You could also do this as a tea – 
Steps 1-5 remain the same.
When ready to drink, gently warm 4-5 oz of the “tea”. Add juice of ½ lemon. Stir in 1 teaspoon of honey.
When it’s warm, it makes a nice, warming start to your winter morning.

* Whole chai spices may be hard to find so alternatively you can add about a tablespoon of peppercorns and a cinnamon stick while you're simmering the tonic OR you could add some pepper and cinnamon AFTER the tonic is done. The powdered spices do tend to float up and you will need to shake or stir before pouring (each time.)

Note - Turmeric root is showing up at many stores now - it looks like ginger root but it is darker and orange inside. Try to buy the roots loose because I find that when I buy them in the little net bags, the turmeric is generally smaller and maybe not as fresh! I like to use larger pieces of both roots. Easier to scrub and generally seems more hardy!

Among many other benefits, turmeric and ginger are both anti-inflammatory. Inflammation can play against your immunity.
Certain chemical compounds in fresh ginger help your body ward off germs. Turmeric is also anti-viral (the curcumin in turmeric is responsible for this.)
Lemon juice is an excellent source of vitamin C 
Honey has antibacterial properties
The chai spices also have antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties and pepper will help the curcumin in the turmeric absorb.
The cinnamon helps your body process the sugar of the honey.
Any questions? Feel free to contact me.
Remember to SMILE... remember to BREATHE!
Here's to your HEALTH!
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