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Immune Boosting Cocktail

Lemons and oranges are rich in antioxidants and Vitamin C, which helps boost immunity and supports the immune system to fight off the infection. Ginger has been shown to modulate the immune system, reduce inflammation, support healthy digestion and reduce pain. At the first sign of a cold or even when you’re already sick, drink a shot glass of this cocktail 2-3 times a day to build up your immune system.


Prep time: 5 min Cook time: 10-20 min Total time: 15-25 min

Makes 20 servings


1 quart filtered water

½ cup ginger root, fresh

¼ cup turmeric root, fresh

Juice of 2 lemons

Juice of 1 orange

2 cloves garlic, minced (optional)


  1. Boil water

  2. Add ginger, turmeric and garlic to the jar and pour boiling water over the roots;

  3. Let tea steep for 10-20 minutes;

  4. Add fresh lemon and orange juice at the very end to maintain Vitamin C content.


  • For low FODMAP diets, remove garlic. You can add 2 droppers of elderberry tincture instead to give your cocktail an extra boost. Keep in mind this will make the flavor stronger!

See this recipe and other great information on wellness at the Kaplan Center for Integrative Medicine's blog!

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