Garlic is anti-microbial, due to a component known as allicin, making it safe for treatment of infections like the common cold. I like to mince it and cook it with soups or bone broth.
Fresh ginger contains sesquiterpene, a phytochemical that targets rhinoviruses, which are one of the most common causes of a cold. It’s antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and helps to fight infections in your respiratory system. I like it in tea, turmeric lattes, soups or curries.
Turmeric is a powerful anti-inflammatory herb that’s been used for centuries to treat a variety of ailments. It’s active compound curcumin is rich in antioxidants and antimicrobial properties, making it a health-promoting powerhouse. I love it in soups, teas, golden milk lattes and even desserts.
+ Bone Broth
Bone broth is rich in nutrients, gelatin, collagen and amino acids (such as powerhouse glutathione) that help to boost immunity, heal your gut and thin and eliminate mucous that can collect in the bronchial passageways. I use mine to cook soups, chilis or grains, or just drink it hot as is.
Carrots are a good source of vitamin C, which is rich in antioxidants that work to naturally boost our immune defense. I love to get my daily dose from adding carrots to this soup, consuming more citrus fruits and bell peppers, or taking a supplement.
+ Dark Chicken Meat
I used chicken thighs in this recipe, as they’re not only richer in flavor but higher in zinc, which works to boost your immune system, shorten the duration of colds and alleviate symptoms. Other good sources include pumpkin seeds and shellfish.
Parsley is high in anti-inflammatory agents that work to reduce free radicals in the body, as well as loaded with vitamin C, which works to boost your immune system and get rid of your cold quickly. I’m obsessed with adding fresh parsley to this soup for additional flavor and flu-fighting benefits.
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