While there is no cure for a cold or flu, there are treatments. Chicken soup, nasal sprays, hot water bottle and rest or anything that help us feel better. Colds and flu are both viral infections with different symptoms. If you feel like you’ve been catching up with this friend a little too often then it’s probably time to look after your immune system.
Few days ago I woke up with a swollen throat. I knew, I knew what was coming. In a house with multiple of children in school this is almost unavoidable. Although a lot can be done to prevent and treat. I thought of a Japanese broth that we can sip on all day. A broth will ease the swallowing.
Bone broth is becoming quite famous these days. It is rich in supporting the immune system and contains healing compounds like collagen. But similar to calcium, the body may absorb collagen-enhancing nutrients from plants more easily than those from an animal carcass. Unlike animal products which are highly acidic, a vegetable broth is alkaline and can bring balance to a body that’s too acidic. Adding some ginger which is an anti-inflammatory will heal and sooth the throat. Mushrooms in the other hand gives that umami richness and body to this super broth. When you’re thinking about a healthy diet, mushrooms may not be the first things to come to mind, but they’re a major source of the immune system-boosting mineral zinc. People who don’t have zinc in their diet tend to have fewer white blood cells to help fight off disease, which can lead to reduced immune system response. Start treating mushrooms as a great immune-boosting food.
Greens such as kale, spinach and swiss chard are also immune boosting foods that contain high levels of Vit C, which not only fight off infection and regenerate other antioxidants in the body including Vit E. They also contain folate, another immune booster.
Miso paste can also be added to this rich broth which brings the benefit of a fermented food, which helps improve digestion, boost immune function and improve energy.
Soup is good for the soul, they say. And as a homespun remedy for everything that might ail you during these last cold days. Sip on this light broth all day and have plenty of herbal teas as hot drinks help increase the movement of nasal mucus and in turn clears the airways, easing congestion.
Soothing Soup for Cold and Flu Season
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour, 10 minutes
Number of servings: 8
1 table spoon of coconut oil
500g Chestnut Mushrooms Chopped
1 big white onion
4 cloves of garlic crushed
3 inch ginger crushed
3 litres of water
some baby sweet corn
4 Pak Choi
Salt and freshly ground pepper
1 table spoon Miso (optional)
- Heat some coconut oil in a pot. Add the chopped mushrooms and cook for about 10 minutes to caramelize. Add onions, ginger and garlic, season well with salt and pepper and keep cooking on low heat for about 10 more minutes. This process allows the mushrooms and the ginger and garlic to caramelize together and then release more flavour in the broth.
- Add the water or stock.
- Simmer on low heat for about 45 minutes.
- Add the baby corn and pak choi and simmer for another 5 minutes.
- Take it off the heat. And Serve.
- Sip up to 4 cups a day for optimal result.
- Soba noodles, rice, grilled meat can be added as an option for a main meal
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