With the cold and flu season rapidly approaching us, we all need to take the required precautions against it. As opposed to rushing to the doctor during sickness, curl up on the couch with a bowl full of healing soup instead. Soups generally help to break up and thin mucus, makes you feel less lethargic and boost your energy levels. Research proves that a number of specific ingredients within a soup can help strengthen your immune system against all types of viruses. Ward off the germs by adding the following ingredients in your home-cooked soup.
1. Pumpkin seeds
Pumpkin seeds are rich in zinc. Studies show that this mineral is very effective in the functioning of immune cells. It aids in reducing the symptoms as well as severity of cold when a person is sick. The easiest way is to sprinkle these seeds on top of any type of hot soup
Garlic is the most effective natural anti-biotic, anti-viral and anti-fungal. It is full of antioxidants and aids in fighting cold successfully. Garlic soup can be made by simmering up to 8 cloves of crushed garlic in the broth for a few minutes. Other components may be added in order to enhance the flavor.
This orange vegetable is full of beta-carotene. One of the body processes includes converting beta-carotene into vitamin A, which in turn, has proven to strengthen the immune system. A stronger body subsequently, would definitely be more successful in chasing away a cold or flu. Chunks of carrot can be added directly or during cooking in the soup broth.
Larger the amount of Vitamin D that a body contains lower would be its chances to fall prey to infectious diseases. Salmon is so far the best source of vitamin D and eating this fish regularly would not only protect you against infectious diseases but also increase our immune cell growth and activity.
Use fresh or canned salmon in a soup replete with a miso broth.
Ginger is a very potent detoxifying and an anti-viral herb with mild pain-relieving effects. It helps the body in getting rid of toxins, reduce inflammation, aid in digestion, stimulate circulation and generally help in fighting diseases.
However, consuming any kind of hot soup during a cold will help you stay hydrated and raise the airway temperatures thus, encouraging secretions out of our system. Therefore, don’t give into the temptation of falling in the trap of buying over the counter medicine. Instead, pick up the above mentioned garden ingredients to boost your body’s natural defense system for effective combat against this common illness.
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