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4 Immune-Supporting Drinks To Sip On Daily, From A Health Coach

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February 22, 2021

Knowing how to build resilience and care for my immune system is more imperative and empowering than ever these days. In my experience as a health coach, I've learned that what we eat and drink can help rev up our bodies' defenses, support our microbiome, and promote overall well-being. In case you hadn't thought about this marvelous synergy before, our immune system is precisely that, a system—a dynamic foundational network of organs, proteins, cells, and tissues that requires continuous nourishment and maintenance to perform well.

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Sipping a healthy beverage is an incredibly convenient way to incorporate extra immunity-enhancing nutrients into my daily life while punching up my body's natural defenses. Staying hydrated plays a pivotal role in sustaining a healthy immune system—and it's one essential practice I personally strive to fulfill every day.

While water is, of course, a gold standard, it's not the only option for staying healthy and hydrated. Below, I've rounded up the top four health-invigorating drinks I sip on daily to help promote optimal immune function:

1.

Citrus-infused water

Adding a few splashes of citrus (my favorites are orange and lemon) to water is a deliciously simple way to work more vitamin C, antioxidants, potassium, and zinc into my daily water quota. To maximize water's healing properties and improve digestive fire (according to Ayurvedic teachings), I recommend avoiding cold water and opting for room-temperature agua instead. 

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2.

Herbal teas & tonics

Health-nourishing teas and tonics are excellent immune allies. Depending on the season, location, and availability, these are some of the must-have herbs and spices I like to add to my warm brews: echinacea, ginger, thyme, fire cider, astragalus, olive leaf, peppermint, cedron, pine needle, and turmeric.

3.

Green juice

Veggie-based green drinks are an easy, tasty way to give your body a nutrient boost. With all the goodness of leafy greens and microgreens combined with water, citrus, and spices—sipping on a chlorophyll-packed juice is one of my favorite approaches to staying healthy, hydrated, and energized. 

Wondering how to make your favorite green juice at home without a juicer? You should try this ASAP.

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4.

Coconut water

The ubiquitous coconut water (or pipa) is a tropical staple I grew up drinking in Costa Rica—and for a good (nutty) reason. Besides its hydrating quality, fresh coconut water (particularly after a workout) is a flavorful way to boost my potassium intake and replenish electrolytes.

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Ximena Araya-Fischel, M.A
Ximena Araya-Fischel, M.A
Food & Nutrition Writer

Ximena Araya-Fischel, M.A, is a journalist, IIN graduate integrative health coach, E-RYT 500 lead yoga teacher, and 500-Hour certified Pilates instructor from San José, Costa Rica. She received her master's degree in communication and journalism from The University of New Mexico, emphasizing well-being, sustainable fashion, health communication research, and graduating Summa Cum Laude. A former professional dancer, she's earned multiple academic and accredited certifications in performance design, positive psychology, doula training, entrepreneurship, digital marketing, mindfulness, innovation leadership, and integrative health. Her work has appeared at top consulting brands and organizations across Latin American and the US, including Byrdie and Albuquerque The Magazine. She currently lives between Costa Rica and New Mexico.