Traditional Chinese medicine says that any type of food we eat has certain properties which affect our bodies in different ways. We should all consume foods that fit our needs and will keep the body and the function of our organs in balance. However, it depends on a person – what you eat may not work for others well, so it’s important to know how to listen to your body’s needs.
During the winter for example, you should switch from the summer foods such as tomatoes or cucumbers to richer and more nutritive foods such as soups, stews and warm drinks. These foods and liquids are designed to warm up our body in the cold weather and shield it from the dangerous bacteria and viruses that lurk in the winter. One of the foods we should all eat more in the cold winter months is ginger.
Ginger – the most powerful spice!
Ginger is one of the oldest and most powerful natural remedies that exist. It has a powerful ability to warm up the body, and is great against colds and the seasonal flu. Colds are common during the winter, especially if your immune system is weakened. They may cause symptoms such as feeling cold and unwell all the time accompanied by fever and a sore throat and runny nose. Colds are the worst, but luckily, a nice ginger soup can help.
Ginger isn’t only great against colds – you can also consume it as a preventive measure as it has the ability to boost your immune system. It can relieve chest congestion and stop the runny nose, while thinning out the excess mucus in your lungs. Ginger works best when consumed raw, but it also works great in the form of tea. You can also prepare a delicious ginger soup with some garlic and onions to give your immune system a significant boost and stay safe from colds and the flu.
Here’s how to prepare the ginger-garlic soup:
- 1-2 inch piece of ginger root
- 1-2 garlic cloves
- 4 onions
- 6 cups bone broth
Wash, peel and chop the onions, garlic and ginger, then put them in a pot and add the broth. Simmer the mixture for a while until the ingredients are soft, then add more of the stock and let the mixture boil. Simmer on low heat for an additional half an hour, then consume the soup during the day. You can also add other vegetables such as carrots, but don’t add too much salt.
Here’s how to prepare a pot of chicken broth which will keep you warm during the winter:
Put a handful of chicken bones in a pot of water, then simmer them on low heat for about 24 hours. Add a tablespoon of ACV in as well. Remove the scum from the surface as the soup rises, then add some vegetables and cook the soup until they’re tender.
All of the properties in the aforementioned soup are great for your immune system in the cold winter months. Ginger will warm you up and keep your immune system healthy, and garlic will do more of the same. Onions goes perfectly with ginger and has immune-boosting properties as well, while the bone broth contains numerous essential nutrients your body needs during the winter. Try the delicious soup yourself, and you’ll no longer have to fear flu and colds.