If you think your mom and grandma were the only ones preaching that soup was good for you, especially during illness, some scientists agree with this theory as well.
Homemade chicken soup, also referred to by many as “Jewish Penicillin”, has been known for its “healing” powers for colds. It is believed to inhibit inflammation, and break up congestion.
I am convinced that hot soup, hot tea with lemon and honey, and fresh garlic bread, are my best remedies for getting well from such recurring ailments as the common cold.
Soup is a winter staple that no one should be without, as it warms you up from inside out, and boosts your immunity.
Homemade soups made with organic veggies, are the best.
If you must depend on the manufactured soups, please watch out for the amount of sodium and fat, they contain.
I will share some excerpts from an article I read in a post by Dr.Maoshing Ni.
The therapeutic value of soup comes from the ease with which your body can assimilate the nutrients from the ingredients, which have been broken down by simmering.
1. Lose weight with soup.
It has been found that people who eat one serving of soup per day lose more weight than those who eat the same amount of calories, but don’t eat soup.
2. Build your immunity.
When you slowly simmer foods over low heat, you gently leach out the energetic and therapeutic properties of the foods, preserving the nutritional value of the foods. Keep in mind that boiling can destroy half of the vitamins found in vegetables, so cook soup over low heat.
3. Detoxify your body.
As a liquid, soup is already helping you flush waste from your body. When you choose detoxifying ingredients, you are really treating your body to an internal cleanse.
4. Warm up with a hearty soup.
Soups provide something the body craves in a cold weather. The Chinese nutrition would call this the “warming energy”.
5. Get well faster.
When you are sick, there is no better healing food than soup. The reason for this is that soups and stews don’t require as much energy to digest, freeing your body up to fight the infection.
Are you convinced yet of the health benefits your body is able to obtain from adding soup to your daily diet?
Preparing homemade soups might sound complicated and intimidating, but it is really very simple.
You can check out the soup recipes I already posted, but there are more coming up, so please stay tuned.