The temperature’s getting colder, and many of us are already beginning to feel run down. Some people have a sore throat while other are sniffling. These nagging symptoms are not severe enough for us to miss a day of work to stay home and rest. But they are uncomfortable and irritating. So instead of experiencing these symptoms throughout the day, try making this fantastic soup recipe instead, so you can support your immune system and relieve your symptoms at the same time!
The Many Health Benefits Of Garlic
Garlic has allicin, a compound that is known for antiviral, anti-microbial, anti-fungal, and antioxidant properties. It helps the body by supporting the digestive system, decreasing blood pressure, and boosting the circulatory and immune system. If you do not like garlic in your food, you can try to take odorless garlic supplements instead.
More Benefits Of Garlic
- fight allergies
- treat a sore throat
- regulate high blood pressure
- reduce inflammation
- diminish plaque from the arteries
- regulate blood sugar levels
- expel parasites
- help prevent weight gain
- soothe upper respiratory tract infections
Garlic contains many sources of vitamins that can fight cold and flu symptoms. Researchers ran a 12-week, double-blind, placebo-controlled study, to test the potency of allicin powder on cold symptoms. The results revealed that the garlic powder could decrease the symptoms by over 50%.
Health Benefits of Ginger
For centuries people have used Ginger to heal fevers, colds, digestive issues, and other conditions. It’s also a great anti-inflammatory, and efficient in calming arthritis troubles. Many pieces of research have proven its effectiveness in treating nausea and vomiting as well. Some studies showed ginger to have antimicrobial, antioxidant, and antifungal properties, which are essential when treating cold and flu symptoms.
Flu-fighting Ginger And Garlic Soup
This recipe is by ITrustNaturalCures, and the soup combines garlic and ginger to combat cold and flu symptoms and sinus infections.
4 Green Onions (Sliced)
50g Root Ginger (Grated)
2 Garlic Cloves (Peeled and Diced)
7 cups Vegetable Stock
1 Medium-Hot Chili Pepper (Diced)
Put the garlic, onion, and ginger in a pot and saute for 2 minutes on a low heat.
Add stock and bring to boil.
Simmer until all the ingredients soften.
Add the pepper and simmer for 5 minutes
Serve with toasted bread
If you are not a fan of spicy, swap out the chili pepper and add a sprinkle of cinnamon for even more health benefits.
For a heartier soup, you can add butternut squash and carrots to the soup. Leave to simmer until softened and then puree the soup.
And if you want to turn the cold-fighting advantages of this soup into a full meal, add chopped broccoli, sliced mushrooms, beans, and any other vegetable you like. Add quinoa or wild rice into the individual bowls, and you have a natural, flu-fighting meal.