Many people seem to be getting their flu shot at this time of the year. As a freelance creative copywriter I ensure that I start increasing whole foods into my diet to help boost my immunity. Add garlic and onions to everything. They are my daily natural flu shot. We love them. I buy garlic cloves already peeled and store in a jar topped with extra virgin olive oil. The olive oil keeps the cloves for weeks in the refrigerator and saves hours of peeling garlic.
Health Benefits Of Garlic
A few of the health benefits of garlic may include:
Thins the blood, which may help prevent cardiovascular disease
Reduces blood pressure
Enhances immune function
Relieves chronic bronchitis
Acts as an expectorant and decongestant
Stimulates the formation of glutathione, a potent detoxifier and antioxidant
Health Benefits Of Onion
A few of the health benefits of onion may include:
Remedies for coughs, colds, flu, and ear infections.
Decrease catarrh (phlegm), inflammation.
Lower blood pressure.
Lower blood cholesterol.
Destroy bacteria, decreasing infections.
Relieve bronchial asthma.
Help neutralise chemicals from tobacco, processed foods, barbecued meats, etc
Cruciferous insoles - may help prevent breast cancer by inducing protective enzymes that deactivate estrogen.
Chicken, Onion And Garlic Soup
This chicken soup recipe is incredibly nourishing for your immune system. Eating heaps of wholefoods which nourish your body is the primary focus of my health gig, and this recipe is such a winner for boosting your immunity. It is delicious, light and comfortable on your digestive system and packed with protein and nutritional goodness. Anyone with a cough, sore throat, cold or flu this one is for you every time. This soup is nourishing for anyone feeling run down or receiving from an operation or sickness.
1 whole chicken - remove as much skin as possible
2 onion – roughly chopped;1 leek – roughly chopped
2 carrots – chopped;1 red capsicum – chopped
10 garlic cloves, crushed or left whole
1 red capsicum, chopped
Miso paste – 2 tablespoon, optional
Parsley – a handful – all the stalks can be left on herbs, remove the roots
Coriander – handful
Thyme – a small handful
Sage – a small handful
Lemongrass – 2 stalks
Ginger – 1 chunk
Turmeric – 1 big knob or 1 tablespoon powdered
Rock salt and freshly cracked black pepper. Black pepper may help with absorption of turmeric.
Add 2 stalks of lemongrass for extra flavour.
Place all the above ingredients in a saucepan.
Cover with water and bring to the boil.
Simmer for 2 hours.
Remove the lemongrass stalks, the chunk of ginger and all the bones of the chicken.
Whizz all the soup ingredients in the blender to your desired consistency.