I have a confession to make. I'm a bit of a hypochondriac and more or less a germophobe. As I travel for a living, you can appreciate that these phobias don't really help me much. I have a wellness shot every single morning. I take vitamin C supplements and always carry antibacterial gel in my pocket.
Why wellness shots?
When the cold and flu season starts, I make a large number of wellness shots and keep them refrigerated, then take one in the morning and one in the evening. I strongly believe that vitamin C is essential for boosting my immune system and that's why I complement my diet with a lot of citrus and fruit in general.
I tested the vitamin C theory after I got really ill during my first long haul abroad. Planes, trains, public transport, in general, is not the cleanest. Many people touch the seat, the handles and the meal tray. There are also many people in an airport too, so it came as no surprise that I got ill. That wasn't great during my first long haul as it took a lot to afford that vacation. Spending half of it ill, travelling with a fever was not ideal at all.
But the same happened the next time I travelled to Japan for the first time. Fever, headache, muscle ache. I got better by taking lots of cold and flu pills and eating vitamin C. The next trip, I wanted to be better prepared. So I started taking vitamin C supplements right before my flight, and also took antibacterial wipes to make sure my airplane seat is clean.
Hey, that was the first long haul when I didn't get sick. Coincidence? Maybe, but I started taking those vitamin C supplements every single day since. I also switched to a plant-based diet, started exercising more and turning to wholefoods. I appreciate that a combination of them all boosted my immune system overall, but I still couldn't go without my daily dose of vitamin C.
And the good news is that your body sort of gets rid of any excess of vitamin C. For adults, the recommended daily amount for vitamin C is 65 to 90 milligrams (mg) a day, and the upper limit is 2,000 mg a day. But as I said, too much of it, your body will simply get rid of it so it won't cause you any harm.
What is special about these wellness shots?
It's super easy to boost your immune system with these wellness shots. Not only they taste amazing, but they are healthy and great for you. My wellness shots contain vitamin C and vitamin A, which is good for your skin and for your eyes.
I also use ginger which is good for digestion. Honestly, try one of these wellness shots a day for a whole month and you will see the difference. Besides, they are raw, fully vegan made with fresh fruit and vegetables. Just natural sugars from the fruit, no additives, no processed stuff. Just nature goodness as it was intended for us.
And that's the reason why I call them wellness shots: because they are full of natural ingredients. Oranges, satsumas, ginger and carrots are available year-round in the supermarket or your local market. If you can get bio ingredients, even better.
How to make wellness shots?
You will need 1(blood) orange, 4 satsumas, 1 lime, 1 carrot and 3 cm of fresh ginger root. Grate the carrot and ginger root. Juice the orange, satsumas and lime. Mix the fresh citrus juice with the grated carrot and ginger in a blender and whiz until all ingredients are fully combined.
These ingredients yield roughly 10 x 4 cl wellness shots. That's 10 days worth of goodness. You can store the juice in the fridge and have one wellness shot a day.
Are you ready to boost your immune system with these wellness shots? Let me know in the comments section below and don't forget to rate
This recipe has been developed entirely by Yuzu Bakes. Any resemblance with other recipes is purely coincidental.