By now, you’ve probably succumbed to one or another of the nasty winter bugs circulating in the Valley. But what if next time you could fight it before those germs sink their claws into your sinuses? While we can’t credit them directly for curing what ails you (at least according to the FDA), there are certain fruits, vegetables, herbs and oils that can boost your immune system to help you fight off infection and keep you healthy(-ier) this winter. Bottoms up!
At Function Juicery, The Function ($9.73, 16.9 ounces) is cold-pressed goodness packed with ingredients to deliver nutrients to your body while also cleansing and detoxifying. The juice is half greens (Romaine lettuce, cucumber, spinach, celery, fennel, kale, dandelion, parsley and cilantro) and half apple, lemon and ginger. Want to add a little extra oomph to your juice-based health care? Layer on a Detox Shot ($5, 2 ounces). A top seller, the lemon, ginger, apple cider vinegar, maple syrup and cayenne shooter helps boost the immune system even more. 4220 S. Grand Canyon Dr., functionjuicery.com
A blend of ginger, turmeric, lemon, apple and cayenne pepper, the Wellness Shot at Whole Foods ($4) is 4 ounces of what’s good for ya’. Freshly extracted and blended, it’s a natural anti-inflammatory, courtesy of ginger and turmeric. Loaded with antioxidants from the turmeric, the shot also helps fight colds. At Town Square, wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/lvb
If that winter cold turns out to actually be more like the winter flu, The Juice Standard has you covered with its aptly named Flu Shot ($5.41, 2 ounces). This shot, which the owners describe as “faintly reminiscent of your fave yellow curry,” taps into the healing powers of raw apple cider vinegar, oregano oil, turmeric and black pepper. It’s designed to ease inflammation (hello, turmeric), as well as aid digestion and metabolism. 4555 S. Fort Apache Rd., 2530 St. Rose Pkwy., in The Cosmopolitan, juicestandard.com
When it comes to fighting sickness, oregano is the darling of essential oils. Shown to be a natural antibiotic and antiviral, the oil is the major attraction for Fruits & Roots’ Immunity Wellness Shot ($6, 2.2 ounces). Also an antimicrobial and antifungal, the oregano oil helps calm whatever nastiness is wreaking havoc in your body. The immunity-boosting cold and flu fighter includes cold-pressed turmeric root juice, organic cold-pressed ginger, lemon and organic cayenne pepper. As this oil has a distinct texture and mouthfeel, be sure to order a chaser; we suggest the Micro-Green Smoothie. 7885 W. Sunset Rd., fruitsnroots.com
Ideal for boosting immunity or helping you get over a raging cold already in progress, Nekter Juice Bar’s Greenie ($6.48, 16 ounces) is the answer. Made with celery, lemon, spinach, parsley, cucumber, apple and kale, this nutrient-rich blend not only supercharges your ability to fend off microscopic invaders, but can also improve heart health and digestion. 2025 Festival Plaza Dr., 1990 Village Center Cir., nekterjuicebar.com