COVID-19 outbreak has shifted the way we do many things in our daily lives. Washing hands has gained a completely new level of importance in our lives, and along with it, people are also making a greater effort to remain healthy and support our immune system.
There are various ways in which this can be done, yet one of the easiest and perhaps the most powerful are through food. Our choice of food can affect our health, the likelihood of us developing certain diseases, and even our mood and mental health.
So, it’s no wonder that food can also provide the nutrients needed that can support our immune system. And it’s not only important during the pandemic.
Immune-boosting foods can help you ward off colds and the common flu as well as make you more energetic and optimistic during the colder months of the year when not only viruses but also conditions such as seasonal affective disorder can affect your wellbeing.
One beneficial way of adding more immune-boosting nutrients to your diet is through smoothies. And, if kratom is a part of your daily life, you can add it to your smoothies too. This enables you to not only experience the benefits of kratom but also provide additional support for your immune system.
Moreover, the additional flavors in smoothies can help you mask the taste of kratom. This can help you if your usual intake method isn’t very pleasurable.
Keep in mind though that immune-boosting foods alone won’t protect you against disease. You still need to remain cautious and follow safety instructions.
Immune-Boosting Kratom Smoothie Recipes
1. Immune-Boosting Triple Berry Kratom Smoothie Recipe
Blueberries are rich in flavonoids. These are a form of antioxidant that can reduce the risk of cell damage and support our immune system.
In addition to that, a study concluded that flavonoids help our bodies defend against upper respiratory tract infections. These include sore throat, the common cold, sinusitis, nasal obstructions, and more. So, adding foods rich in flavonoids such as blueberries may protect you against those.
Oranges and other citrus fruits are rich sources of vitamin C. Vitamin C aids in while blood cell production, which are crucial for fighting infections. Therefore, citrus fruits can support your immune system too.
Other berries such as strawberries as well as raspberries are also rich in flavonoids and vitamin C and can provide additional support for your body’s immune system.
Chia seeds have much fiber in them. They also have mucilage, a substance that becomes gluey when exposed to moisture. This is great for digestion and gut health and can support your digestive system and prevent kratom constipation.
- ½ cup of frozen blueberries
- 1 cup of frozen strawberries
- ½ cup of frozen raspberries
- ¼ cup of unsweetened almond milk
- Freshly-squeezed orange juice from one orange or a quartered orange
- Vanilla or vanilla extract to taste (optional)
- A tablespoon chia seeds
- Your usual kratom dose
- Wash and freeze berries overnight. Frozen berries or any other frozen fruit gives smoothies a thick icy texture. However, you can also use fresh fruit if you prefer that.
- Measure and prepare your ingredients. Make sure to use a sensitive digital scale with kratom so that you accurately measure the dose you need.
- Place all ingredients in a blender and mix at medium speed until your mixture reaches a smooth consistency.
- Pour in a glass and garnish with leftover berries or chia seeds.
2. Immune-Boosting Citrus, Turmeric, and Ginger Kratom Smoothie Recipe
As mentioned above, citrus fruits are excellent sources of vitamin C, which can help our bodies provide move white blood cells.
Ginger is beneficial for the immune system for a variety of reasons. It mas antibacterial properties and can help our immune system fight bacteria. It also has anti-inflammatory compounds and can aid our bodies in reducing inflammation. Ginner can also soothe an upset stomach and improve digestion.
Turmeric is another powerhouse of immune-boosting properties. It can help activate a variety of cells that protect our bodies against various diseases. Keep in mind that piperine in black pepper helps our bodies absorb turmeric.
Nutrients in raw honey have anti-viral and antibacterial properties. Make sure that you are using raw honey. Most store-bought honey is so heavily processed that it does not contain most or all of these immune-boosting compounds such as pollen.
Last but not least probiotic foods such as kefir and yogurt can support a healthy gut and aid it in killing harmful bacteria. A healthy gut is also necessary to properly absorb the nutrients our bodies need to support all necessary functions.
- 1 cup of freshly squeezed orange juice or 3 quartered oranges
- ¼ cup of plain Greek yogurt or kefir
- 1/3 ounce or 1-inch piece of ginger
- 1/8 teaspoon of turmeric
- 1 tablespoon raw honey
- A pinch of black pepper
- Your usual kratom dose
- Measure all ingredients, especially kratom. There is no need to peel ginger. Ginger peel has some nutritional value and is safe to eat.
- Combine all nutrients in a blender. Then, mix it at medium speed until smooth.
- Pour in a glass and serve.
3. Immune-Boosting Kiwi Kratom Smoothie Recipe
While oranges and orange juice are popular sources of vitamin C, a kiwi actually has more vitamin C than an orange. Kiwis are also excellent for digestion and can help relieve kratom constipation. Lime is another powerful source of vitamin C.
Coconut water is a great natural source of electrolytes that help the body if it’s dehydrated. Optimal hydration is necessary for the body to detoxify and for the immune system to work properly.
Avocadoes are rich in healthy fats. Therefore, it can help the body absorb fat-soluble vitamins A, D, and K, which are also needed for a healthy immune system.
Spirulina can help increase the number of antibodies that can help fight infections.
- 1 ¼ cup of raw coconut water
- 1 peeled and cubed kiwi
- ¼ lime juice
- ½ diced ripe avocado
- 1 frozen ripe banana
- ¼ teaspoon spirulina
- Your regular kratom dose
- Measure, peel, and prepare the necessary ingredients.
- Mix in a blender at medium speed until your immune-boosting kratom smoothie reaches a smooth consistency.
- Pour in a glass and serve.
Bonus Point: Kratom Can also Support Your Immune System
Kratom has two alkaloids that can boost the immune system. In addition to that, other kratom benefits, such as reducing stress and anxiety, can also have immune-boosting effects. Since stress and anxiety can weaken our immune system, the ability of kratom to help you manage those can assist your body in fighting infections.
Is there an immune-boosting kratom smoothie recipe that you like and make at home? We’d love to read and try that too! So, don’t hesitate to share that with us.