We all need a little pick me up when cold and flu season comes around. No one wants to be stuck at home with the sniffles. We’ve got a preventative all natural medicine that will boost your immunity and fight any invading bacteria and germs that cause infections. Here’s why these ingredients are so great for your health
Ingredients For Master Tonic
Turmeric is a spice that is widely used in Asian cooking. And for good reason. Ayurvedic medical tradition loves turmeric its health benefits. Turmeric contains a compound called curcumin. It is anti-inflammatory and also gives your immunity a big boost.1 It’s seen to have a positive effect for those suffering from asthma and other allergies as well.2
Ginger shows significant anti-inflammatory activity just like turmeric. It also shows antioxidant activity which means that it prevents cell damage. It has antimicrobial properties too which means that it will fight any invading bacteria that wants to wreak havoc in your body. It even helps to protect your liver from toxin-induced damage. It is also a great antidote for an upset stomach as it helps to settle any gastric problems.3
Freshly crushed garlic has a compound called allicin which is another miracle compound. It’s got antimicrobial activity, antifungal activity, antiviral activity and even helps fight parasites.4 It’s the best bet you’ve got to protect your body from any kind of germ activity.
Onion also contains the same compound, allicin. It’s been seen to inhibit the growth of bacteria that cause diseases like cholera.5 Along with garlic, onions were seen to increase the level of white blood cells in rats.6 This means that onions could have a big role in improving immunity as well.
Horseradish and wasabi are seen to stop the growth of bacteria that cause things like food poisoning.7 Combined with ginger they could help settle any uneasiness or nausea in the stomach. They also show antioxidant functions as well just like the ginger.8
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar contains acetic acid which is said to be a great anti-bacterial ingredient. It’s often touted to be a great way to clean down kitchen counters and cutting boards to stop the spread of bacteria and prevent cross contamination. Apple cider vinegar is also seen to have antifungal properties as well.9
Peppers contain a compound called capsaicin which gives them their fiery flavor. Capsaicin has anti-inflammatory properties and it helps maintain kidney function. It’s seen to help heal gastric ulcers as well. It’s even seen to be a good painkiller.10
Recipe For Tonic
- 2 tbsp turmeric powder
- 24 oz apple cider vinegar
- ¼ cup finely chopped garlic
- ¼ cup finely chopped onion
- 2 fresh peppers, finely chopped
- ¼ cup grated ginger
- 2 tbsp grated horseradish
- Combine all the ingredients except the vinegar in a bowl.
- Put this mixture in a jar that has a tight fitting lid
- Find a jar that fills up about two-thirds of the way with the amount of dry ingredients that you have.
- Fill up the remaining third with vinegar.
- Close tightly and then shake well.
- Keep the jar in a cool and dry place for about 2 weeks.
- Shake well several times a day.
- After 2 weeks, use a strainer with gauze cloth over it to filter the mixture.
- Squeeze well to make sure to get all the liquid.
Note: Make sure to get organic, raw, unpasteurized apple cider vinegar. It’s also a good idea to wear gloves when handling the peppers because they need to be the hottest peppers you can find to maximize the amount of capsaicin.
Take 1 tablespoon of this mixture daily to boost your immunity. You can increase your amount every day until you can take about a shot glass of the tonic. If you do fall sick, take 1 tablespoon of the tonic 5-6 times a day.
To avoid falling sick and staying at home, give this tonic a try to boost your immunity and fight disease.
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|↑4||Ankri, Serge, and David Mirelman. “Antimicrobial properties of allicin from garlic.” Microbes and infection 1, no. 2 (1999): 125-129.|
|↑5||Hannan, Abdul, Tabish Humayun, Muhammad Barkaat Hussain, Muhammad Yasir, and Sumayya Sikandar. “In vitro antibacterial activity of onion (Allium cepa) against clinical isolates of Vibrio cholerae.” J Ayub Med Coll Abbottabad 22, no. 2 (2010): 160-163.|
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|↑9||Mota, Ana Carolina Loureiro Gama, Ricardo Dias Castro, Julyana Araújo Oliveira, and Edeltrudes Oliveira Lima. “Antifungal activity of apple cider vinegar on candida species involved in denture stomatitis.” Journal of Prosthodontics 24, no. 4 (2015): 296-302.|
|↑10||Srinivasan, Krishnapura. “Biological activities of red pepper (Capsicum annuum) and its pungent principle capsaicin: a review.” Critical reviews in food science and nutrition 56, no. 9 (2016): 1488-1500.|