Eat this Soup if: YOU HAVE A COLD
Boost your immune system!
The ingredients in this soup are all there for a reason. Not only do they combine nicely together to make a savoury, salty, and satisfying dish, but they also serve many therapeutic purposes.
Job’s tears are the mature seeds from a bamboo-like grass that grows mostly in South East Asian countries such as Thailand, the Philippines and Burma (Myanmar). When cooked, it tastes and looks similar to barley, but is completely gluten-free and has many additional health benefits. First off, it’s anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic properties come in handy for anyone dealing with a cough or cold. In addition, lab research with mice has shown that extracts from this plant can boost immune system functioning, and may even protect against viral infections.
Organic Turkey Bones are not only rich in many bioavailable vitamins and minerals, but its high gelatin content makes it soothing and healing for the gut and enhances the absorption of nutrients from other foods.
Two such foods, ginger and garlic, both have antibacterial and antiviral properties and can help fight off infection.
Help your digestive system!
When you are sick, your body needs to direct the majority of its energy towards healing, which is why it is so important to relax. It is also best to eat lighter meals during this time, as a heavy, hard-to-digest meal will defer your body’s much needed energy away from healing and towards digestion (aka the breakdown and assimilation of food).
This therapeutic soup is light yet filling, and is packed with nourishing ingredients that not only provide your body with essential vitamins, minerals, macronutrients, but also won’t require much energy to digest.
Kick-up your gut’s defences a notch!
Our gut is one of the first lines of defence against a cold or flu, so it is important to keep it populated with the right kind of “soldiers” (i.e. beneficial bacteria) to help prevent and fight infection. When our digestive system is out of balance, “bad” bacteria can overpopulate, and make us sick as a result.
One such way to give your digestive system’s friendly bacteria the upper-hand during an illness is to repopulate it with beneficial bacteria found in fermented foods which are probiotic.
Miso was added to this soup not only to enhance flavour, but also to add some good bacteria to your system. For those of you that aren’t familiar, miso is a popular food from Japan that uses fermented soy beans to create a flavourful paste which is typically added to soups and sauces.
Soothe your soul!
There is something to be said about getting into your comfiest clothes and sitting down with a warm bowl of soup when you’re feeling sick. Your body needs time to heal, and in order for it to do that, you need to slow down and relax. Turn off your phone, get under the covers, and do not (I repeat, DO NOT!) feel guilty about being “lazy” when you are sick. Rather than ‘push through’ your illness, take the time to heal, and your body will have the chance to build up the appropriate antibodies and end up stronger in the long-run.
Alex Comrie, B.Comm, Registered Holistic Nutritionist (R.H.N.)
Nutritional Consulting www.realhealthworks.ca