Monday, November 30, 2009

Goodbye cold soup

Traveling the past few days and running around in the chilly November air has caused me to catch a cold. Not just any cold, but the kind where your head is too stuffy and congested. My nose is dry from kleenex.

I typically try to get rid of colds by running them out or ignoring them. But that doesn't tend to work. They always catch up with me and force me to slow down.

Sunday, I decided to make a soup to enjoy over the next few days. Not just any soup, but one full of ingredients that will help my body fight this cold. The soup was full of garlic, ginger, turmeric, shallots, jalepeno, leeks, sweet potatoes, kale, and spinach. I picked these whole, nutrient dense foods to help boost my immune system.

Garlic and shallots are superstars for fighting sickness.  They contain allicin, a sulfur compound, that helps fight off sickness.

Including Vitamin C in the diet, also helps the body fight these foreign invaders. I've eaten fresh fruits (bananas, juice, clementines), vegetables (kale, sweet potatoes, leeks, spinach) and booster foods (garlic, turmeric) to help boost my immune system. Rest is another key ingredient in feeling better too.

How do you boost your immune system when you're getting sick?


RiSE said...

gummy bears and carrots.

Mona said...

hey thanks so much for following my blog!
that sucks that your sick!...did that soup help you feel better?

When I'm sick I usually drink hot water with honey and lemon mixed in! I don't think that actually helps me but it taste yummy... ice cream doesn't hurt either! haha

Lisa Sargese said...

I make hot tea and steep it with garlic, ginger, cayenne pepper, lemon and raw honey. Tastes like molten fire but sweats out the cold!

Unknown said...

I love hot tea with lemon, cayenne + maple syrup when I'm sick or congested.

Dairy products are mucus forming, so eliminating them when you're sick is a good idea too.