17 Healthy Drink Recipes to Help You Survive Cold Season

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ElixirsIf the lofty promise that an apple a day keeps the doctor away has let you down one too many times, you may be ready to up your immune-boosting game.

Turn your attention instead to these cool wellness elixirs, beverages, which no matter the form (warm or cold, brewed or blended), deliver an instant health boost in sippable form. Best of all, they often use all-star pantry staples—think turmeric, apple cider vinegar, and ginger—that you've already stocked up on.

Where to start? Here are 17 superfood-filled drinks healthy bloggers swear by to help you ward off the sniffles or stockpiling lozenges this winter. —Willa Tellekson-Flash

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Tumeric ElixirTurmeric
What can't turmeric do? This root is an anti-inflammatory powerhouse (inflammation being the root of all disease). Not to mention the fact that your skin will thank you, too.

1. Turmeric, Mandarin and Carrot Tonic

2. Anti-Aging Turmeric Elixir

3. Golden Turmeric Milk

4. Golden Glow Elixir Juice

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Chaga ChaiChaga and Reishi
Sipping on mushrooms may sound a bit strange at first, but experts say they're powerful stress relief and immune-boosting aids. Reishi's considered a serious flu-fighter, while chaga is high in antioxidants that target inflammation.

5. Autumn Morning Reishi Brew

6. Heart Tonic No. 1

7. Spiced Chocolate-Chaga Elixir

8. Chaga Chai

9. The Ultimate Tonic

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Apple Cider VinegarApple Cider Vinegar
Think of apple cider vinegar as the cross-trainer of your pantry; when it comes to health benefits, it's super-versatile, addressing joint pain, digestion troubles, and sleep issues just to name a few. The raw form is also said to help balance pH levels (and promote alkalinity), and ultra-athletes like Terra Castro take a shot of apple cider vinegar every day... But if that doesn't sound appealing to you, try one of these tastier ways to incorporate it into your daily routine.

10. Apple Cider Vinegar Elixir

11. Feel Better Tea

12. Apple Pie Elixir

13. Apple Cider Vinegar, Ginger & Honey Switchel

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Ginger ElixirGinger
Ginger is one of the most popular anti-inflammatories out there—and for good reason: The root with a kick has a track record reducing nausea and body aches. It also has major immune-boosting powers, which comes in handy when the rest of your office has devolved into a who-can-sneeze-more match.

14. Immunity Boosting Juice Shots

15. The Flu Buster Juice

16. Winter Immunity Juice

17. Cold and Flu Busting Elixir

Speaking of elixirs, get to know switchel, the gut-friendly fermented drink that has healthy hipsters freaking out.

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