Whether you’re coming in from the cold or recovering from a cold, nothing is as comforting as mom's chicken soup. Indeed, we feel that a bowl of soup made with a variety of nourishing vegetables and a great stock plus some fermented foods to aid in digestion can be one of the most healing and fortifying of meals, especially when you’re sick.
More than food for your soul
Ancient cultures have long used soups and broths as home remedies for colds and flu, and even scientific data shows that soup is more than just good for your soul.
Did you know?
· Chicken soup contains an amino acid that closely resembles a pharmacological agent called acetylcysteine, often prescribed for bronchitis. It is available under the trade names Mucomyst, Fluimucil and Parvolex. You can also buy acetylcysteine in the health food store as N-Acetylcysteine.
· Traditional ingredients in soup like garlic and pepper work as natural decongestants -- they thin out mucus and make breathing easier.
· Tests have shown that chicken soup has anti-inflammatory properties. (Inflammation has been linked to chronic diseases like cancer, arthritis, and heart disease.)
· Drinking hot soup and breathing in the steam can decongest the respiratory system.
Whether or not you feel under the weather, soup is an excellent meal when your body needs more warming food. Soup is a wonderful hydrator and gives your body much-needed liquid. On top of all that, soup is easy to digest, making it a great way to get valuable nutrients into your diet.
Why not have soup for breakfast?
Though we Americans are accustomed to cereal and milk or bacon and eggs, soup makes a delicious, nourishing breakfast meal.
Actually, many other cultures eat soup for breakfast. In China, children are sent off to school after eating a bowl of soup made with rice grains. Japanese kids do the same, sipping their soup with ocean vegetable broth and fermented miso paste.
What people in these cultures know is that in the morning, warming broths are a great way to "break the fast" after 8 -12 hours without food or liquids. Having warm soup in the morning stimulates digestion, igniting your "digestive fire" and preparing your digestive tract for later meals.
Fun soup ideas
Try these ideas the next time you crave a warm, delicious and nutritious soup -- for breakfast or anytime!
· Clean Out Your Fridge Veggie Soup - use the left over vegetables for a delicious, mineral-rich soup.
· Grain Soup - Add grains to your soup for a hearty, filling meal.
· Protein Soup - Try a protein-based soup (chicken, fish or red meat) and combine with non-starchy vegetables.
· Pureed Soup - You can puree any soup to give it a creamy texture and a new look. The kids will never balk at eating their veggies again because they won't even know they're eating them!
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