Flu Shot or Juice Shot?


juice veg close This is a re-run from last year, but I think it’s a good reminder during cold and flu season. Remember, I am not a doctor and I don’t even play one on TV; but it is rare that veggies can hurt you.

I picked my son up from school early the other day so we could go to the movies. It was a rare treat (for me) because he hates to miss any amount of school. While I was waiting for him to come to the office and wondering if he was really my kid since he would rather go to 7th period than see Oz the Great and Powerful in 3D (update, not a good reason to miss school), I noticed the inordinate amount of zombie-like kids waiting to be picked up by their parents. I could only assume they weren’t off to a secret movie date or even an orthodontist appointment. They looked like Typhoid Mary had sneezed on them.

The frazzled school nurse told me that if I hadn’t gotten my flu shot I should probably leave the plague infested area. I told her that I NEVER get a flu shot and that I would be fine. Sure enough, I lived to blog about it. It is two weeks later and I didn’t have so much as a sniffle. And while most of my son’s close friends have had the flu he has remained perfectly healthy.

This is how we have avoided the flu and the flu shot. Aside from eating a non-GMO, organic diet rich in fruits and vegetables, we take a good probiotic and we juice religiously.

In the winter months I make a fresh grapefruit and ginger juice, not a lot, just like 4 ounces a few days a week. I keep the white stuff on that is right under the grapefruit skin and juice that too. We drink a green juice daily, again maybe 6-8 ounces, not a huge amount. Now here is the part that you probably won’t like, but I think it is way better than injecting one’s body with dead flu; garlic.

If you think you’ve been exposed to the flu, or you just want to hedge your bets, juice this:
Cabbage (a little goes a long way but this is good for your gut which keeps you healthy)
1 clove of garlic (you can start with a half and work up)
Kale (really any greens and rotate the greens you use due to all of the oxalates)
You can use a little bit of peeled lemon, lime, apple, pear or beet to make it more palatable.
The parsley cancels out the garlic breath, I promise. I’m going to be honest, I can only do the garlic if I feel like I might be getting sick. It’s not my favorite, but it beats the heck out of the flu.

So listen to what you mother said; wash your hands a lot during cold and flu season. Do not use antibacterial soap as it messes up the good flora in your intestines and lowers your resistance to germs. Take your vitamins, probiotics, eat and juice your veggies and sneak off the movies or do whatever makes you happy; even if that means going to your 7th period class. It boosts your immune system.

Author: Lauren

Plant-based educator and speaker

10 thoughts on “Flu Shot or Juice Shot?”

  1. Lauren, I’m so glad you posted this reminder. Wouldn’t you know it, with the season change I noticed that my faithful juicing routine has gone to the wayside and the juicer went into the cupboard. Since then, my Lyme symptoms are getting worse and I have walking pneumonia. No wonder…. The juicer is coming out of the cupboard and even though the garden is no longer producing, and I’ll have to shop (which I detest) I think it’s worth the cost. Thank you again. You have made me consider my current health and how much better I was when I was committed to juicing. 🙂

    1. You always have such kind comments. I am sorry that you are unwell. I do hope that you break out the juicer and that it gives you relief. Take care!

  2. I LOVE this! I juice every day and certainly consider it one of the reasons why I have only been sick once this year (today actually!). I just wrote a post today about using essential oils to boost our immune power as well…between diet, natural medicine and exercise, I’ve never felt better in my life ❤

  3. Your blog is wonderful and I’m looking forward to following. We’ve just started researching juicers. We laugh (otherwise we’d cry) at the flu shot marketing going on around us. No way!

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