Comforting chicken soup can help you feel better in times of illness
Boiling bones to make a nutritious broth is a holistic practice that we can trace back to our hunter-gatherer ancestors. In fact, bone broths were a staple of traditional diets in nearly every cultural around the world. Known for their restorative and healing powers, they were eaten daily to improve digestion, and help fight infection.
Research (Nabraska Medical Centre) now confirms that chicken soup is more than an old wives’ tale. It’s easily absorbed minerals and amino acids rehydrate and nourish the body whilst strengthening the immune system. The gelatine content heals the gut by repairing the intestinal lining and reducing inflammation caused by an infection. So, keep your chicken bones (or any meat bones) and boil up a big batch with some onions, garlic, salt, pepper, bay leaf and any other herbs you fancy.
Now you’ve got your base soup, you can add in some different flavours.
Why not blend in some roasted butternut squash?
Or my kids’ favourite, a tin of tomatoes and a handful of red lentils?
My particular preference is to add in lots of immune boosting herbs and spices; grated ginger, garlic, onion and oregano are the best all round bacteria killers. Chilli, black pepper and star anise are also fabulous antimicrobials. A dash of soya sauce, some dried seaweed or frozen greens plus rice noodles and you’ve got a nutritious meal in one.
Have you got a favourite recipe you turn to when you’re ill? Maybe it’s simply comfort food that makes you feel all warm inside? Or one the kids like when they’re feeling poorly? Please comment on this post or email the recipe to me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Together we can get through this! Stay safe.