There are plenty of crazes out there when it comes to healthy foods. Cleanses, diets, superfoods (and those that claim to be but aren’t) — you name it, they all promise to be so fantastic in no time.
The trouble is, they usually fall short.
But what if there was actually a way to get some real goodness into your body, and it didn’t take all day, didn’t leave you hungry all the time, and wasn’t totally disgusting? What if it took you seconds per day, tasted good, AND had almost countless health benefits?
Well good news: it’s not just a dream, and we aren’t magic fairy godmothers come to save you. This is just a good, easy recipe that you can throw together in seconds and get benefits for life from!
First, we’ll cover the recipe so you can get right to it. Then, while you’re sipping it down, you can read on about why this little energy shot is SO great for energy levels, for your immune system, for your heart, and your overall health!
Humming Hemp Immune Boosting Energy Shot Recipe
- 1 TBSP Apple Cider Vinegar
- 1 TBSP fresh squeezed lemon juice
- 2 Tsp Humming Hemp Oil
- 1 Tsp Raw Honey
- ¼ Tsp Ground Turmeric
- ⅛ Tsp Fresh Ground Black Pepper
Combine all ingredients in a small glass, lightly stir, and drink.
Facts About The Immune System-Boosting Benefits Found In This Drink:
Why boost your immune system with Apple Cider Vinegar?
You’ve probably heard about people doing “ACV shots” either first thing in the morning or as a pre-bedtime “snack.” The benefits of doing this are huge!
The first and biggest benefit that apple cider vinegar offers is its antimicrobial properties, including acting as an antifungal agent. Simply put, vinegar is an acid, and acid helps to dry out and kill bacteria. As this energy shot passes through your mouth, think of the germ-killing power!
This is a big help to your immune system purely because it helps reduce any potential germ load before the germs ever have a chance to really even get into your system.
Besides that, apple cider vinegar is also known to help improve digestion and reduce blood sugar levels (which helps improve weight loss as a result). Elevated blood sugars may lead to gut inflammation (and immune system reactions) so reducing it is a great thing. It may also help reduce cholesterol, and we all know why that’s important!
Last, apple cider vinegar packs in high concentrations of vitamin C which helps boost your immune system to be ready when it’s needed.
Why should you use Lemon Juice to boost your immune system and how does it work?
Most people know that citrus fruits contain very high levels of vitamin C and that lemons are indeed part of the citrus family. Adding lemon juice to your daily energy shot gives you even more vitamin C than the apple cider vinegar can.
Lemon juice itself is also acidic, similar to the vinegar, and this can help have antimicrobial properties.
But as to the true benefits of citrus and vitamin C, most people don’t really know WHY vitamin C helps to boost your immune system.
Vitamin C is a molecule that not only helps increase the production of certain immune system cells but can bind to certain cells in your immune system to help them work better.
When it does this, it’s like adding a jetpack to those cells — when they’re ready to do their job of fighting off germs, this vitamin C helps them to “step on the gas” and get rid of germs that much faster.
It’s also an antioxidant found in your skin to help strengthen your skin’s defenses against germs. This means that minor cuts and scrapes won’t bother you hardly at all (and can even heal faster than before!) once you start adding this energy shot to your daily regimen.
You can learn more about the other benefits of vitamin C here.
How does Hemp Oil help boost your immune system?
There are many benefits to hemp oil, not the least of which is the energy boost that its omega fatty acids can give you.
But the show doesn’t stop with simply giving you extra energy. Those omega fatty acids are also key players in reducing inflammation.
Inflammation can sometimes be a result of increased immune system function (think how an infected cut can get red and swollen). Inflammation that comes from other reasons (like poor gut health) can also cause your immune system to start working overtime. Basically your body isn’t sure what’s causing the inflammation, so it “calls in the troops” to be prepared in case it’s a virus or bacteria causing the problem.
But even before hemp oil has a chance to help with internal inflammation like an inflamed gut, it has its own antimicrobial properties as well. Simply by hitting the surfaces of your mouth hemp oil helps kill germs!
Why use Raw Honey to boost your immune system?
I think you can answer this one already, just based on the previous ingredients we took a look at.
Yes, raw honey also has antimicrobial properties! Where it differs from the ingredients we already discussed, however, is that in addition to being able to help kill off bacteria and viruses, it also has antifungal properties.
In addition, raw honey is full of antioxidants which basically help keep the cells of your body “young” and running well. This property may also be helpful in preventing cancer as well. Digestion can also be improved by eating raw honey.
In an ideal world, you’ll want to find raw honey that’s produced fairly local to where you live. Local honey allows you to also get the anti-allergy boost it may provide. Since honey is made from the pollen of plants, you’ll be exposed to “processed” pollen in micro amounts. Some people find local honey helps avoid or alleviate pollen and other plant allergies.
If you can’t find local raw honey from a source you trust, we know you can trust this raw honey. The raw part is the real benefit, more than the local part. So you’re still getting almost all the benefits this way, from a source you can trust!
How does Turmeric help boost your immune system?
Turmeric is one of those old spices that is still under modern investigation to fully understand how it helps the immune system.
So far, though, the research seems to show that it may act as an antibacterial, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and even possibly an anti-cancer agent. That’s a pretty impressive resume for just one ingredient!
This makes it pretty immediately obvious as to why it’s a great immune system booster.
We’ve covered how antibacterial, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory ingredients help the immune system function at top performance. But adding in the anti-cancer possibility takes this ingredient to a whole new level.
All of this is thought to be thanks to a component within the turmeric called curcumin.
Basically, the turmeric (the curcumin specifically) is thought to interrupt how cancerous cells can grow and divide, and to also even cause the cells to die prematurely.
This is a HUGE immune-boosting benefit of turmeric since it basically may stop cancer cells in their tracks. If that doesn’t help your immune system (which is responsible for watching for and removing cancer before it can start), then I don’t know what does!
Why add Black pepper to an Apple Cider Vinegar shot?
It’s not that adding black pepper to an apple cider vinegar shot is inherently helpful (although anything with a spicy kick may help kill bacteria!). It’s the fact that this apple cider vinegar shot contains turmeric, and THAT is where the benefit from black pepper comes in.
The black pepper contains a molecule called piperine. Piperine can increase the absorption of that magical curcumin molecule in the turmeric by up to 2,000 percent! That’s a HUGE increase in the immune-boosting benefits of turmeric, with that one tiny little ingredient!
The piperine in black pepper has its own other benefits, like helping to absorb beta carotene from fruits and vegetables. Beta carotene is in turn converted into vitamin A in your body, which helps in boosting the immune system as well!
Adding black pepper to recipes can be a great way to give your other powerhouse ingredients a little boost in more than just flavor!
Putting It All Together
There were a lot of “woah” moments in this article, so here’s the quick summary of the ingredients and their “superpowers:”
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Antimicrobial, including antifungal
- Improved digestion and reduces blood sugar (helps reduce gut inflammation)
- May help reduce cholesterol
- High in vitamin C
- Lemon Juice
- Very high in vitamin C
- Antioxidant from vitamin C
- Hemp Oil
- High in omega fatty acids (gives an energy boost and reduces inflammation)
- Raw Honey
- Antimicrobial, including antifungal
- Potential anti-allergen
- Turmeric (specifically curcumin)
- Possible anti-cancer agent
- Black Pepper (specifically piperine)
- Increases absorption of curcumin from turmeric
- Helps absorb beta carotene, which leads to a vitamin A immune boost
The main takeaway is that all of these ingredients provide varying levels of antimicrobial properties. This will obviously reduce the workload on the immune system overall.
With less preventative work to do, the immune system can better focus on those invisible internal jobs that keep you feeling (and looking!) your best!
And last, with less energy needed to keep you healthy, you’ve got more energy for living a life you love.
Keep your immune system humming. Be humming with energy.