.:Monday Make-A-Thingie: Homemade Flu Shots:.

Hello friends!  I hope that today finds you in a happy mood.  Goodness knows that if we wake up every day, with the intent on being happy, our lives could be a lot better.  Today, I am going to bring you something that, while the time may not be upon us, it might help none-the-less.

The name may sound scary, but it isn’t.  Trust me on this y’all.

Homemade Flu Shots are not what they sound like. I am not having you fill up a syringe and poke yourself with any form of goo.  (Unless we can find that stuff to make us all super heroes.  If that was the case, I am all up on that!  These are actual “SHOTS” for shot glasses.  They will fight off all those evil flu germs and possibly even some of those demon cold bugs.  So enjoy my darlings, and stay healthy.  Oh, and as a note y’all.  They are non-alcoholic so the whole family can enjoy them. 🙂

1) “Apple Cider Slammer
Apple cider vinegar is just that, a type of vinegar made from apple cider. This ‘Slammer’ contains beta-carotene, which according to the Mayo Clinic possesses antioxidant properties that counteract the damage done by free radicals and in return helps boost your immune system . Find organic, raw unfiltered apple cider vinegar for maximum health benefits.
Shot Recipe: Shoot back a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar mixed with a two tablespoons of filtered water. Can’t stomach it? I personally suggest mixing a tablespoon with a tall 8oz glass of cold water to dilute it. I also add a touch of raw honey to sweeten it. This source suggests drinking this apple cider daily.

2) “Green Machine
Green leafy vegetables such as kale, spinach, and parsley provide a significant amount of nutrients including but not limited to, magnesium, folate, and vitamin B6. These crucial nutrients play an important role in optimal immune health .
Shot Recipe: Toss together a selection of leafy greens in your juicer and enjoy. If you can’t swallow the taste of only vegetables in your juice, throw an apple through the juicer for some natural sweetness.

3) “Cod Liver Kiss
Fermented Cod Liver Oil is a raw, traditionally fermented food. It contains more Vitamin A per unit weight than any other common food and is a great source of the ever important Omega-3 Fatty Acids. This powerhouse real food helps regulate and improve overall function of your immune system. Read more about Fermented Cod Liver Oil here and here.
Shot Recipe: Fermented Cod Liver Oil comes in two forms. You can source it in its liquid form and take it daily as a shot, or you can choose to purchase it in capsule form.

4) “Blueberry Blast
Blueberries are very high in antioxidants compared to other fruits and vegetables and contain powerful phytochemicals which give the fruit their deep blue color. A recent study done by the University of Oregon shared that the pterostilbene found in blueberries, when combined with vitamin D, could boost the body’s ability to fend off illness .
Shot Recipe: Juice a handful of blueberries and enjoy this sweet and sour drink. You can also simply increase your intake of blueberries if you do not own a juicer or wish to juice them.

5) “Carrot Kicker
Carrots are an great source of beta carotene. One of beta carotene’s main roles is to support the body’s mucus membrane, which lines the respiratory and intestinal tracts. A strong lining makes it more difficult for bacteria to enter the bloodstream and cause you trouble .
Shot Recipe: Juice a handful of carrots and enjoy. Don’t have a juicer? Do your best to incorporate carrots into the upcoming weeks menus!

6) “Lemon & Ginger Drop
Lemon and Ginger are a powerhouse duo. This couple not only supports a strong immune system by the lemon’s Vitamin C content, but together they help fight off an oncoming illness. Lemon juice’s anti-inflammatory qualities soothe sore throats and irritated membranes while the ginger helps cleanse your system .
Shot Recipe: Add a tablespoon of freshly squeezed lemon juice to 3 tablespoons of water. Grate or juice a pinch of ginger and enjoy. Instead of taking this as a shooter you can also enjoy a glass of homemade lemonade and simply add ginger.

NOTE!

Okay, I feel funny having to say this but:

These are not end-all cure-alls.  If you are sick, please contact your doctor.  On second thought, contact your doctor anyway.  Ask if using these would be good for you to start with.  Many times medications or previous health issues may cause a reaction to the ingredients in the “shots” I have listed.  If at any point and time, you feel that you are having a reaction to one of the ingredients, stop use immediately and contact a health professional.

If you are going through a true emergency, call 911.  They are there to help you.

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