Drink your medicine

G-force, Sacramento Natural Food Co-Op

Illustration by mark stivers

As temperatures slowly (slooowly) start to cool, it's time to start thinking of ways to safeguard your body against germs, which with all that dampness and cold, will inevitably try to kill you. Here's a recommended cup of strong medicine: the Sacramento Natural Food Co-Op's G-Force juice ($5.25 for a 12-ounce drink). This zingy mix of carrot, apple and lemon juice is amped up with an ample dose of ginger, but don't stop there—ask your juicer to add in even more of the spicy root and feel the cure settle into your chest like an on-call doctor. 1900 Alhambra Boulevard, www.sacfoodcoop.com.