Whilst practicing social distancing and maintaining good hygiene can go a really long way, it always helps to do what you can to strengthen your system — especially in the wake of a raging pandemic.

By improving your immune system, you are keeping yourself healthy and making yourself less susceptible to viruses and diseases. That’s why, to help you along your journey, we’ve put together some quick and easy immunity-boosting drink recipes for you to whip up for a healthy dose of vitamins and minerals in your body.

Sure, we’re all becoming home bartenders and drinking a lot more cocktails — but try these booze-free ones for a change and your body will thank you. Also: no hangover.

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This article first appeared on Lifestyle Asia Singapore.

1
Apple, Carrot and Orange

This classic combination of apples, carrots and oranges is great for helping your body protect itself and fight off infections. Besides, it is packed with antioxidants, making it a great juice to have for glowing skin as well.

What you will need:
Two large carrots, with the tops trimmed
One Granny Smith apple, quartered
One large orange, peeled and quartered (Naval oranges work great as they are less tart and generally sweeter)
Optional: 1 teaspoon of grated ginger for a mildly spicy kick

Directions:
Rinse ingredients and pop them in your juicer.
Drink or place in a tightly sealed jug and refrigerate immediately. Keeps for about two days.

2
Beet, Carrot, Ginger, and Turmeric

This four root vegetable juice works well for decreasing inflammatory symptoms and enhancing your immune system. It is generally good for soothing sore throats and settling upset stomachs too. For those who tend to be more lethargic in the mornings, this juice makes for a welcoming dose of energy.

What you will need:
One medium-sized beet, peeled and halved
Three medium carrots, with the tops trimmed
One large orange, peeled and quartered
The juice of half a lemon
10g of turmeric root
10g fresh ginger
Optional: cayenne pepper and freshly ground black pepper

Directions:
Rinse ingredients and pop them in your juicer.
Add a scattering of cayenne pepper and layer with ground black pepper on top for more spice.
Keeps for about two days.

3
Celery, Spinach, Lettuce, and Kale

A daily intake of this green juice recipe comes packed with tons of chlorophyll, sure to nourish any body. Chlorophyll is known for playing an important role in making plants green and healthy, but many don’t realise that it is great for the human body as well. It helps to strengthen your immune system, control inflammation, increase red blood cell production, and helps enhance your cells’ ability to carry oxygen as well.

What you will need:
Two medium stalks celery
Four romaine heart leaves
Two kale leaves
One cup of spinach
One medium green apple
Half a cucumber
The juice of half a lemon
Optional: One teaspoon of grated ginger

Directions:
Rinse ingredients and pop them in your juicer. Keeps for about two days.

4
Turmeric, Ginger and Lemon

In case juices aren’t your thing, we’ve come up with a tea recipe that’s sure to warm you up. It comes with only four ingredients but has added benefits of removing toxins, increasing antioxidants, aiding digestion and boosting immunity. It is also a tea concentrate so you can make it in advance and have it on other days when you are feeling under the weather.

What you will need:
Six cups of water
Five to six inches of fresh ginger, peeled and sliced
Three cinnamon sticks
One teaspoon of ground turmeric
The juice of five lemons

Directions:
Combine the ginger and water in a large pot or saucepan over high heat on the stove and bring to a boil. Turn to low heat and let it simmer for about 10 minutes.
Add the cinnamon sticks, turmeric and cayenne and continue to simmer the mixture on low heat for another 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and strain.

This is a concentrated concoction best kept in a sealed container in the fridge. To enjoy, simply add water to the concentrate. It will make for about five to six cups of tea, best served warm.

5
Apple, Cucumber and Spinach

Green juices get a bad rap for having a grassy taste, which is generally an acquired taste for many. To ease you into the world of green juices, this apple, cucumber and spinach version is lighter, sweeter but still has all the vitamins you need to boost your immune system.

What you will need:
One cup of water
One cup of spinach
One green apple, pitted and quartered
Half a cucumber, chopped
The juice of one lemon
Half a teaspoon of grated ginger

Directions:
Blend the water and the spinach alone first before adding the apple, cucumber, lemon and ginger. For a tropical touch to your drink, replace the water with coconut water.

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