Immune-boosting Lemon Smoothie

Eden Organic - Immune Boosting Lemon Smoothie


your answer to cold and flu season

For those days when you feel a little run down or have a tickle in your throat, please don't reach first for the Ibuprofen or Paracetamol…. Why I hear you ask?

Well… These decrease the glutathione levels in your body. Glutathione is the most important antioxidant in our systems! It is master of the immune system & chief detoxifier. When you feel on the brink of a cold or flu, the last thing you want to do is decrease this powerful molecule…. {I will be posting separately about the importance of Glutathione soon!}

Rather spend a few minutes whipping up this powerful & refreshing smoothie to help give your immune system a boost….

For all of our recipes, we recommend using organic ingredients- when consuming produce in concentrated amounts, it really is crucial that you are not ingesting high levels of pesticides and synthetic hormones…

I use this amazing blender:

Vitamix Total Nutrition Center

Vitamix Total Nutrition Center

I have used it nearly every day for 10 years! And it is still going strong. It handles absolutely everything from ice to nuts (and even the odd bone I’ve forgotten about when making bone broth…..) I use it to make soups, sorbets & smoothies. It is my all-time favourite kitchen necessity!

Immune-Boosting Lemon Smoothie Recipe  

•    1/2 - 1 Lemon - peel, pips & all!  

    •    200ml Kefir (If you are intolerant to dairy you can leave this out. You can swallow a probiotic capsule with your smoothie instead) {or.. take this power boosting multivitamin which already contains probiotics!

    •    100ml coconut water (add more if you're not using the kefir)

    •    1 TBSP flaxseed oil 

    •    1-2 TBSP maple syrup/ raw or manuka honey/ 3-4 drops of stevia

    •    Handful of fresh coriander

    •    1 cup ice

Optional - 1 TBSP grass-fed gelatin or collagen hydrolysate first dissolved in water. You also have access to our new curated range of organic supplements, one of which will provide excellent care for your bones & joints…. Then you won’t need to dissolve gelatine in water first!

Alternatives - handful of strawberries, blueberries and fresh basil instead of the coriander

Blitz up in a powerful blender until smooth and enjoy straight away.

I remember sitting at a restaurant in Spain and having a conversation with my uncle, who recounted how his wife had suffered an issue with her skin. She couldn't work out what was causing it and she came across the benefits of lemons in healing all sorts of complaints, including skin problems so she decided to give it a go & low-and-behold…. her skin complaint disappeared. I decided to look deeper into the benefits of lemon & also started having at least 1 lemon smoothie a week. I discovered many benefits myself, like bright, shiny skin, hair, & strong nails. I also experienced a cold free winter that year! So, now I reach for my lemon smoothie when I feel my system needs the boost. Since then, I also have my family lining up when they feel they need a boost! I have many memories of calls from family, who have woken up feeling ‘under the weather’, begging me to bring them my lemon smoothie…. They always feel better within the next 12-24 hours. As years have passed, they have invested in their own powerful blenders …. and lemon smoothies have become the mainstay treatment for colds, sore throats and other infections. 

Lemons are anti-microbrial and ward off against bacterial infections and fungi.

The health benefits of lemons and lemon juice are pretty well known. But if you’re like the majority of people, you are probably squeezing out the lemon juice and tossing the left over lemon peel in the trash!

Besides being a good source of fibre, that lemon peel contains even more nutrients, vitamins, and health benefits than the lemon juice and together they pack a powerful punch to boost our system. In fact, the peel contains approximately 10 times more vitamins than lemon juice.

Lemons are also an excellent source of fibre, potassium, magnesium, calcium, folate, and beta carotene. Lemon peels help to improve bone health too, since they contain high amounts of calcium and vitamin C. Lemon peels have been shown to aid the prevention of osteoporosis, inflammatory polyarthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis.

Lemons help to reduce oxidative stress. And, lets face it, who doesn’t want that?! We all want to reduce our levels of oxidative stress! Lemon peels contain citrus bioflavonoids which are very powerful for reducing the levels of oxidative stress . This portion of the lemon also aids in eradicating toxic elements in the body and removing carcinogenic elements.


When lemon peels are consumed, they have been shown to aid the prevention of various types of cancers, including skin cancer, colon cancer, and breast cancer. A study found that the consumption of lemon peels in tea was beneficial in preventing the development of cancer cells. Even though lemons are acidic, they are actually very alkalizing in the body! Cancer thrives in an acidic body so by making your body alkaline this will prevent cancer. Lemon peels contain salvestrol Q40 and limonene, which have been shown to prevent and treat cancer. These components fight against present cancerous cells in the body.


So what more can I say, we LOVE lemons and we hope you love this delicious flu fighting smoothie. 


With love, 

Claire and the Eden Organic Team