The Farmacy: Asian Style Chicken “Noodle” Soup and Staying Well!

The Farmacy: Asian Style Chicken “Noodle” Soup and Staying Well!

December 1, 2018 0 By Stevie Winsborrow

During cold and flu season, there are many things you can do to keep yourself healthy. First, you should make sure that you keep your immune system strong in case you come in contact with those germs, and second, you need to make sure that you avoid those germs to begin with.  The second one is easy; make sure you wash your hands, using hand sanitizer if hot soapy water isn’t available; keep things like doorknobs, telephones, etc clean; and don’t share eating utensils and other items that may carry germs.  This time of year we also tend to be indoors more, and amongst crowds, especially when Christmas shopping. This kind of situation is bound to expose you to something. Try to avoid crowded places when you can.  Keeping your immune system healthy will prevent you from succumbing to those germs or at least help you to fight them off a lot quicker.

So how do you do that?

    1. Get enough rest. Sleep is when your body heals.
    2. Manage stress.  Stress definitely inhibits your immune system’s ability to fight things off.
    3. Exercise.  Studies have shown that getting regular exercise strengthens your immune system.
    4. Keep your gut happy and healthy.  Your gastrointestinal tract is a huge part of your immune system. Eat well, take probiotics either with supplements and/or fermented foods, and stay hydrated to keep things moving.
    5. Avoid sugar. Sugar actually suppresses and stresses your immune system.  This is one reason that the old thinking of drinking juice when sick is no longer sound advice. (It’s natural sugar, but still a concentrated source of sugar.) Eat the whole orange and have herbal tea instead. Avoid sugary and refined foods.

6. Take supplements.  If you are eating a healthy varied diet, then you only need to supplement if you start to feel sick or know you have been exposed.  Take vitamin C and zinc, along with echinacea.  If you do not eat a good diet, you may need to add vitamin c and zinc to your daily supplement regimen.  Do not take echinacea as a “maintenance” supplement as if you do, it won’t pack as much punch when you get sick.  Only take it when getting sick.  As always, make sure any supplements you take will not interfere with any medical conditions or medications you take by checking with your doctor/nutritionist first.

7. Eat chicken soup.  There is a reason it’s called “Jewish penicillin”; there truly is something magical about chicken soup. Try to avoid the sodium filled canned varieties and make your own. Ingredients like bone broth, garlic, ginger and hot chiles increase the healing power.  Get  creative with different kinds of chicken soup, like the Asian style recipe I have below for you.

Stay well!

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Asian Style Chicken "Noodle" Soup
This is a delicious dish to help keep your immune system healthy and ward off cold and flu germs! Cutting the greens into ribbons makes this low carb - no noodles needed! Try adding other vegetables like carrots and snap peas.
  1. In a soup pot, saute the mushrooms and chicken in the sesame oil until chicken is opaque. Add garlic, kale, cabbages and ginger. Saute until they begin to soften slightly. Add broth, tea bags, tamari and vinegar. Let simmer about 5 minutes. Remove from heat. Remove the tea bags and add the miso, stirring well to dissolve. Serve topped with scallions and crushed red pepper.
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