In restoring the balance in the body and in the treatment of various ailments and health conditions a diet of specific, healthy foods, can be of great help.
We should focus on more fresh, cooling foods during the colder months, in order to nourish and warm the body, and support the function of the immune system.
Ginger is one of the most commonly used spices, due to its warming properties in the Chinese medicine.
People experience intensified pain in cold weather, also sore lower back and knees, and suffer from very frequent and pale urination. They have looser bowels, suffer from a rainy nose, and fatigue , are prone to edema, swellings.
According to the traditional Chinese medicine, ginger is especially beneficial for these people, who have the cold pattern.
In situations of a cold wind pattern, people experience more cold symptoms than others, and they suffer from chills, but no fever, sneeze a lot, and have a clear, watery mucus from the nose.
Those individuals must consume ginger in its fresh form, or add it in slices or grated in hot water, along with some lemon juice and raw honey to prevent colds.
This soup recipe will help you protect yourself against common colds and flu, and enjoy the winter season in optimal health!
- 6 cups Chicken bone broth
- 4 Green onions sliced into medium sized pieces.
- 1-2 garlic cloves peeled and chopped
- 1-2 inch piece of Fresh Ginger in thin slices
- Mushrooms- optional
You should mix the garlic cloves, onions, ginger slices, and mushrooms in a pot and pour a bit of broth. You need to simmer until the ingredients soften, and then add the rest of the broth. Let the mixture to boil, and lower the heat. After 20-30 minutes cooking your ginger-garlic soup is ready!
To the soup you can add some other vegetables to enrich its taste and boost its effects. Also add 4-5 pieces of astragalus to strengthen the immune system and improve your qi energy, or dried or fresh mushrooms, like shitake.
Keep the soup in the fridge for up to 3-4 days.
Organic Chicken Bone Broth
Purchase organic chicken bones at the local butcher and simmer them for 24 hrs with a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar, and enough water to fill the pot and cover them.
You need to skim the oil and fat from the surface, strain, and pour it into glass jars or freeze it.
You can save the ends of the vegetables in a bag in the freezer and use them in your stock if you are a vegetarian. Simmer them for 8-10 hours, add mushrooms, miso, or seaweeds to boost the nutritional content of your vegetable broth.
The most beneficial ingredients you can add in your cup:
It has a pungent taste and naturally warming properties, so it is especially beneficial in the treatment of colds. Ginger helps digestion, and treats nausea, upset stomach, and controls appetite.
It has powerful antibacterial and immune boosting properties, so it detoxifies the body, eliminates carcinogens, moves the qi, and boosts the function of the digestive system.
Astragalus Root has warming properties, but it boosts the immune system, supports the function of the lungs and digestive system, soothes coughs, and treats colds.
It can warms up the body and treats cold symptoms, especially in a combination with the beneficial ginger.