Why you’re here: Because cold and flu season is underway and people are dropping like flies? For example, I’m here because a third of the Indy’s staff reporters are out sick (the rest are in sick), so the hour-veteran intern is sent out on his first assignment. You might want to cleanse your body, soothe your throat and pretend this is a medicinally proven treatment.

What you’re drinking: Hidden among the array of fresh juices, smoothies and kombucha at the Good Food Store Cafe is the Cold Buster. The pureed mixture of ginger, lemon, carrot, honey and hot water looks far worse (neon orange, to be exact) than it tastes. The blend is surprisingly sweet, and the ginger and lemon make it refreshing and mask most hints of carrot juice. Imagine a hot toddy with carrot-flavored whiskey, sans the effects of alcohol.

cold buster

What it does for you: You really can’t get enough of these ingredients during sniffle season. Carrots are rich in beta-carotene, which strengthens the immune system. Ginger has anti-inflammatory and anti-nausea effects. Honey can soothe sore throats and act as a cough suppressant. And lemon gives you a boost of vitamin C.

The details: $3.50 for a 16-ounce, $4 for a 20-ounce. At the Good Food Store, 1600 S. 3rd St. W.

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