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If you follow my posts on this blog or my Instagram account (@thehealthinvestment), you know that, when it comes to cooking, I like the simplest, easiest recipes! These are some of my favorites:
You also know that I like to fight colds by taking zinc acetate and avoiding antibiotics at all costs. Learn why in these prior posts:
- “How To ACTUALLY Stop/Shorten A Cold With Zinc Acetate”
- “6 Ways To Prevent Personal And Widespread Antibiotic Resistance”
What you haven’t known (until now!) is that I have a simple, easy, cold-fighting soup recipe!
The Absolute BEST Soup For A Cold
- 2 cups broth (beef, chicken, or vegetable)*
- 2 cups filtered water
- 3 cups vegetables (fresh or frozen), chopped into ½ inch pieces**
- 1 teaspoon turmeric (liquid or powder)
- 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger OR ground ginger root
- 1 clove garlic, peeled & roughly chopped
- 1 tablespoon hot sauce***
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- Turn stove burner to high heat.
- Throw everything but olive oil into a large pot; place on burner.
- Bring to boil. Then, reduce to simmer.
- Simmer until all vegetables are heated/cooked through and soft (about 15 minutes).
- Using an immersion or regular blender, blend until smooth.
- Divide soup into bowls; drizzle with extra virgin olive oil and any garnishes (like cilantro, green onions, pumpkin seeds, etc.)
Why It Works:
Bone broth has been linked to improved immune function:
While ancient folk wisdom suggests that a hot cup of bone broth can help soothe the sick and cure the common cold, modern studies have confirmed that the components of bone broth can boost the immune system. For example, glycine receptors have been identified on the outer surface of several different types of immune cells. (73, 74) The effect is a dampening of the immune response, resulting in reduced inflammatory signaling molecules and oxidative stress that may reduce damage to lungs and other tissues. (75) The GAG heparan sulfate has been shown to influence B cell function, T cell function, and macrophage activity. (76)
Vegetables are just awesome since they contain essential vitamins and nutrients. (Duh!)
And finally, spicy foods can help ease/clear nasal congestion. (Get those tissues ready!)
The salt, pepper, and olive oil will make your taste buds oh so happy and keep you coming back for more!
ENJOY (and feel better)!
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