Soup has always been my go-to when I start feeling under the weather. The coconut (milk and oil) in many of the cold fighting soup recipes is full of C, E, and B-complex vitamins, as well as iron, selenium, sodium, calcium, and magnesium. All of which help you fight infection and keep your body healthy and strong.
Another key ingredient in these recipes is turmeric. We LOVE turmeric. It boosts the immune system in Alzheimer’s patients, lowers cholesterol, fights and prevents cancer, improves liver function, and helps cystic fibrosis sufferers. This is DEFINITELY a superfood to add to your soups!
Cold Fighting Soups
Mirepoix (the fancy chef word for the carrots, onions, and celery that start a recipe) is found as a base in many of these soups, and the onions within are full of health benefits! They serve as an anti-histamine, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant which helps keep your body healthy. They also have a high concentration of beneficial polyphenols. Polyphenols help to prevent degenerative diseases such as cancer and cardiovascular diseases.
Ginger, oh how we ADORE ginger! It’s one of the best remedies for nausea and it’s an important anti-inflammatory. Ginger is also antibacterial, antiviral, antioxidant, and anti-parasitic. All of these features make for a mean flu fighter.
The herbs and veggies in each of these recipes play a strong role in helping keep your body healthy. With so many varieties to choose from, step out of your comfort zone to try something new and healing.
According to nutrition practitioner, Megan Kelly,
“Supporting your detox organs is as much about nourishing your body as it is releasing toxins from it. While your body is always naturally getting rid of unwanted toxins on its own, doing a ‘cleanse’ or ‘detox’ will help support the relevant organs in this process and make it more efficient. A good detox will promote a healthy liver, gut, kidneys, lymphatic system, lungs, or even skin. While the most popular form of a detox involves juicing, there’s another, warmer way to detox and replenish: the soup cleanse.
Consuming nutrient dense soup floods the body with healing spices, vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids, and amino acids that are easily digested and assimilated which allows the body to use energy towards rejuvenation and cellular repair rather than processing heavy food.
Soups also include the fiber and substances needed for blood sugar regulation which will aid in weight loss, hormonal balance, and mental health.
Soup cleanses are also lower in sugar than juice cleanses because they’re using more vegetables and complex carbohydrates versus fruit which tends to make people feel better and more energetic.
Benefits of a soup cleanse include reduced inflammation, increased energy levels, disease prevention, cell rejuvenation, weight loss, and clear skin”