A Great Immune System Boost Recipe.
Can you boost your Immune System while eating tasty foods? Yes, you can and certain foods can accelerate your healing from cold & flu and still taste great!
Do you have a cough? Have you been sneezing lately? Feeling tired and low on energy? These symptoms may indicate a cold. Before popping pills, try natural remedies, such as raw honey or essential oils. From taking steamy showers to eating garlic, there are plenty of ways to stop a cold in its tracks. Drugs and pills carry side effects that are simply not worth the risk. They can make you sleepy, drain your energy, and can create an imbalance with your gut flora.
The immune system is made up of special organs, cells and chemicals that fight infection (microbes). The main parts of the immune system are white blood cells, antibodies, the complement system, the lymphatic system, the spleen, the thymus, and the bone marrow. These are the parts of your immune system that actively fight infection.
Load Up on Cold-Busting Foods
What you eat has a direct impact on immune function. Certain foods can accelerate healing from cold and flu while boosting your defence mechanisms and Immune System.
For instance, Garlic is considered nature’s best antibiotic. It kills harmful bacteria, protects your cells from oxidative stress, and prevents viral infections. Its healing power is backed up by science. Hot soup can help too as it relieves both flu and cold symptoms. Make sure you also eat foods rich in vitamin C, such as kiwi, oranges, lemon, and berries.
For a meal that’s going to pack a powerful punch and help stop any cold in its tracks, try our nourishing garlic soup.
Nourishing Garlic Soup
- 3 Cup Vegetable stock (homemade preferably)
- 3 Cup Water
- 4 Potatoes peeled and diced
- 1 Lg Carrot roughly chopped
- 3 Celery stalks roughly chopped (with leaves)
- 1 Onion peeled and diced
- 1 - 2 Lg Bulbs of garlic peeled (add as much or as little as desired)
- 2 Tbsp Thyme fresh leaves
- 1 pinch Cayenne pepper (optional)
- Salt and pepper to taste
- In a large soup pot, bring the stock and the water to a boil.
- Add all the vegetables, garlic and spices.
- Cook covered over medium heat for 20 to 30 minutes.
- Either use a stick blender to puree the soup in the pot or transfer the soup to a food processor or blender in batches to process to desired consistency.
- Once pureed, check temperature of the soup, return to pot to reheat if needed.
- Ladle between serving bowls and serve immediately.