Practically everyone here in my neck of the woods has been coughing or sneezing of late. The weather is strange: blisteringly hot at noon, bone-chillingly cold at night. Pollution is at an all-time high, especially on traffic-strapped streets in the big city. Throw in long hours languishing in the said traffic in a bus packed like sardines with people of varying states of health, and it’s a recipe for disaster.
Keeping this state of things in mind, there is a need to amp up the Vitamin C in one’s system to scare off any bacteria or viruses nasty enough to try and take up residence in one’s body. Oranges, in particular, are plentiful at the moment and are one of the most delicious ways by which to give your immunity a boost. From domestically-grown green dalandans and their bigger cousins the sintunes to sweetly juicy ponkan mandarins and clementines to the hard-to-peel but honeyed Valencias, they are quite a healthy treat.
Ginger is another good, natural restorative and preventive. Typically prescribed for sore throats, ginger also works wonders for upset stomachs and jumpy nerves. Likewise, throw in a superfood like acai berries into the mix and you have something that can certainly keep even the most virulent infections at bay.
One tip, though: don’t use standard commercial ginger ale in this. A pure infusion of ginger or, as in this case, a ginger, lemon, and honey blend can give you more of the health-giving benefits. Most commercial ginger sodas are, alas, nigh on useless as they are mostly 60 – 70% sugar than actual ginger extract.
- 1/4 cup water
- 1-1/2 teaspoons acai or acai-blueberry concentrate
- 1 slice lemon
- juice from 1 ponkan mandarin or clementine
- 3/4 cup ginger infusion or Ginger Soother from The Ginger People
In a large mug, pour in the water and muddle the lemon slice to release the juice. Mix in the acai concentrate and the mandarin juice; stir till well-combined. Add 3 – 4 ice cubes and top up with the ginger infusion. Mix well; serve immediately.