GARLIC AND GINGER TO THE RESCUE!
Here’s a recipe I found on Facebook that is sure to make your fit with the flu and colds short-lived. Garlic has many health benefits. The following is by Prevent Disease by John Summerly. (http://wisemindhealthybody.com/prevent-disease/ginger-garlic-soup-recipe/)
The amazing benefits of Allicin
A recent and significant finding from Washington State University shows that garlic is 100 times more effective than two popular antibiotics at fighting disease causing bacteria commonly responsible for foodborne illness.
When the garlic is crushed, alliin becomes allicin. Research shows that allicin helps lower cholesterol and blood pressure and also helps prevents blood clots. Garlic can also reduce the risk of developing atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries). Compounds in this familiar bulb kill many organisms, including bacteria and viruses that cause earaches, flu and colds. Research indicates that garlic is also effective against digestive ailments and diarrhea. What’s more, further studies suggest that this common and familiar herb may help prevent the onset of cancers.
‘This chemical has been known for a long time for its anti-bacterial and anti-fungal powers,’ says Helen Bond, a Derbyshire-based consultant dietitian and spokeswoman for the British Dietetic Association.
So, here’s a recipe for Ginger Garlic soup:
Ginger Soup To Kick That Cold To The Curb
I’ve got chills…and they’re multiplying (Common cold with chills and clear runny nose. No fever). Boost your qi, build your blood and kick that cold to the curb broth.
- 1-2 inch piece of Fresh Ginger sliced thinly.
- 4 Green onions sliced into medium sized pieces.
- 1-2 garlic cloves peeled and chopped (you can also use a garlic press).
- 6 cups Chicken bone broth (see below) -You can also use regular chicken stock for this recipe if you don’t have the time or broth ready.
- And for vegetarians, see below for another option.
- Place ginger, onions, garlic and mushrooms (if you choose) in a pot and add a small amount of broth.
- Simmer until ingredients are softened.
- Add the rest of the stock and bring to a boil.
- Reduce heat to a simmer and cook for 20-30minutes. Sip on broth throughout the day and feel better!
This broth/soup can be stored in the fridge easily for a few days. You can also eat the ginger pieces if you like for some extra heat.
Feel free to add some other vegetables if you desire to make it more of a meal. But be careful not to add too much salt as salt tends to bring things deeper into the body and this is more about pushing out the cold virus.
- Add in dried or fresh mushrooms (shitake, maitake, etc.) to add an extra boost for your qi.
- Add in 4-5 pieces of Astragalus (Huang Qi) to the broth as it is simmering to boost your immune system and energy (qi).
A Note On The Stock
Bone broth is incredibly easy to make and just takes a bit of time, but not a lot of energy. If you have a slow cooker that’s great or I would just let my broth simmer on the lowest setting possible on my stove overnight to get the same effect.
Here’s to your health!
Anthony Palombo, DC
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