Let’s discuss some ways to feel better when we’re tired, achy, or dealing with a serious ailment. It’s not just an old wives’ tale – chicken soup has scientific backing as a healing food that can provide the nutrients our bodies need. Traditionally, chicken soup has been a go-to meal for mothers and friends to make for someone who’s sick because it’s warming and a great source of protein (if the chicken has lived a healthy life).
This particular blend reminds me of a soup my mom used to make for us when we were sick. The ingredients are not just anecdotal; there is a lot of scientific evidence to support why they can make you feel better.
Here are the ingredients in this blend and their benefits:
Dried spinach is an incredible source of vitamins, minerals, protein, antioxidants, and many other essential nutrients. It also contains anti-inflammatory properties. Spinach contains kaempferol, which has been shown to reduce the risk of cancer while also slowing its growth and spread. Additionally, spinach is a great source of magnesium, which maintains muscle and nerve function, heart health, the immune system, and blood pressure. The potassium in spinach helps balance sodium levels in the body.
Beets are a great source of melatonin, which can help with getting enough restorative sleep. They also contain antioxidants, fiber, betaine, flavonoids, vitamins (B2, B12, C, and biotin), and minerals (zinc, magnesium, potassium, and calcium).
Onions are a part of the lily family and have strong antibacterial properties. They can restrict the growth of harmful bacteria such as E. coli, S. aureus, and Vibrio cholera in our gut. The strongest antibacterial and antiviral foods tend to be those that have a bit of a “kick” in flavor!
Garlic is another powerful antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, and anti-parasitic food.
Red chili pepper contains an active ingredient called capsaicin, which has been shown to slow and destroy cancer cells.
While using fresh ingredients is always best for obtaining the most nutrients, we don’t always have the time to make a healing soup from scratch. This formula is great to keep on hand when you don’t have access to all of the ingredients needed for a fast recovery. Once a bacteria or virus enters the body, it can take 10-14 days to feel better. However, bacteria and viruses do not like to live in an environment of onions, peppers, etc. When made into a broth, these ingredients can help soothe and provide relief.
I keep this blend at my office, and when I need or feel like a soup/broth, I make it. My energy and cravings diminish greatly. Let me know your favorite broth blend recipe for on-the-go and when in need!