One of the most beneficial additions to your winter diet is spices. An easy way to introduce spices to your diet is through soup. We love soup in our house. It’s easy to scrub or peel a few vegetables, put them to simmer in some good home made stock or a Kallo gluten and lactose free organic cube, then put it through the liquidiser and warm yourself up after a freezing cold day. The sort of vegetables I like to use are root vegetables and butternut squash. Don’t forget, eating vegetables is a way of introducing prebiotics into your diet. You don’t have to eat Sauerkraut or kefir to get prebiotics. All prebiotics do is provide a healthy environment for good bacteria to flourish in the large intestine. What we have lost sight of is that vegetables do just this. So keep eating vegetables for a healthy digestion.
I’ve got some great ideas to add to your favourite vegetable soup to make it work for your immune system.
Turmeric is well known for its anti-inflammatory effects but did you know it is absolutely brill for helping ward off the common cold. This is because it supports your body’s ability to cope with inflammation. Inflammation is a constant ‘pull’ on your immunity. so add a few teaspoonful’s to your soup or better still, source a web site which sells organic turmeric roots and make it part of the mash!
The oil produced from star anise contains thymol, terpineol and anethole, which is used for treating coughs and ‘flu. Anise also helps improve digestion, alleviate cramps and reduce nausea. Consuming star anise tea after meals helps treat digestive ailments such as bloating, gas, indigestion and constipation. Personally I like this one in my soup but I know most people like it better as a tea. Either will help you with colds and ‘flu.
Everyone knows about ginger by now, surely! Trouble is when you are tired and run down, you forget! So here’s a reminder. The anti-inflammatory gingerols and shaogals in ginger root will help to relieve a sore throat quickly. They kill rhinoviruses, which cause colds in the first place. Use in the soup to give it a bit of heat and flavour. Or drink three or more cups daily until you are well.
For more information, watch out for my next post on how to keep on top of winter colds and flu.