Although you can contract flu in the summer, it is far more common in the winter, when strains move steadily around the globe. Flu is caused by a virus, but, as in the case of colds, it is not always the same one. That is why, although you may have had flu before, you can contract it again because your body has not built up an immunity to the new strain.
Symptoms of flu include sore throat, cough, runny nose, aches and pains, fever, fatigue, and loss of appetite. A sore throat benefits from the soothing effects of juice, which also provides essential vitamin С and beta-carotene.
Juices should be drunk diluted if you have flu and are not eating – this is because the high levels of natural sugar contained in fruits and some vegetables can make you feel a little dizzy if drunk on an empty stomach.
Here are some excellent anti-flu juices:
2 large carrots
2oz/50g Brussels sprouts
small bunch of grapes
2 kiwi-fruit 1 apple
Each recipe makes approx. one 8fl oz/230ml glass of juice. Adults can drink up to three glasses daily, but do vary the juice combinations for maxiumum benefit (for children see page 186). Dilute with water if you prefer. Juice each ingredient then blend using a spoon.