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Irene Rodriguez is the owner and creator of Irene's Dream, a cold-pressed juice, smoothie, and elixir delivery service in Southwest Florida. She makes the colorful, flavorful, healthful creations herself. She said amid the Coronavirus pandemic, she's making more deliveries because people want to boost their immune systems.
"We lack so much in nutrients. Yeah, we can eat our fruits and veggies, but we don't have time to eat 9-12 servings a day, and that's what our bodies are recommended to eat. We're busy, so putting it all into juices or smoothies, you're intaking all the veggies and fruits you need in a day. And that's important for us because that's how we build our immune system so we don't get sick," Rodriguez said.
She said her goal is to nurture our community, especially during this time. She delivers from Punta Gorda to Naples, and because health officials are recommending social distancing to stop the spread of COVID-19, Rodriguez said if you don't want to, you don't have to make contact with her in person.
"They've been leaving the coolers outside the door step, or we leave them in the lobby or wherever they ask us to leave the juices, so we don't have to face-to-face interact with them," she said. "Which is sad because for me, I'm a hugger, especially if I meet you for the first time."
Irene's Dream even offers a "No Flu Package," which she said is perfect for people trying to increase immunity during the Coronavirus pandemic.
If you're wanting to make your own smoothies or juices to try to boost your immunity, Rodriguez recommends ingredients high in Vitamin C.
"Carrot, pineapple, add a green apple in there. That helps also with antioxidants, which we need, too. A beet in there, because beets help with regulate our blood flow. Also, it's what we need in case we have a virus, it can help you inside your body," she said.
Rodriguez also said ingredients like ginger and tumeric helo to clear sinuses and relieve a sore throat.
To connect with Irene's Dream or submit an order, click here.