Whenever someone in our family is sick my mother whips up a batch of chicken soup from scratch, complete with carrot and angel hair noodles, and arrives on the doorstep like Florence nightingale. I now do the same for my family and it can work especially well for kids as it’s easy on the stomach and it’s an excellent immunity booster.
I’ve played with the recipe over the years as there are some excellent ingredients which are fantastic for immunity and are worth including. These include tumeric, ginger and garlic.
Tumeric is one of the best sources of anti inflammatory and antioxidant properties. It contains the active ingredient curcumin, which is anti-viral and anti-fungal. It’s great for both fighting infection and boosting your immunity. If you add black pepper with your tumeric it aids its absorption by your body.
Garlic is a natural antibiotic. It contains large amount of allistatin, allicin, garlicin and ajoine. These are strong antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral and immune-enhancing compounds found in garlic. Try and use fresh garlic and don’t worry about your breath.
Sunlight as a natural cure? There is absolutely some truth to this as sufficient levels of vitamin D are needed for your immune system to function properly. The best source of vitamin D is sunlight – so make sure you get enough time outdoors when you are feeling ill to get your body back on track.
Chicken Soup for Immunity Recipe
Ensure that you bring the chicken to the boil in a decent amount of water in a big pot (thigh or wings with bones are best). Add a few chopped carrots, a tsp of tumeric, a good knob of crushed ginger and a few cloves of chopped garlic. Then reduce to a simmer for a good 45-60 minutes. Add short angel hair pasta for the last few minutes. Finally remove the bones of the chicken and serve the chicken meat, noodles and vegetables as a soup/ broth. You don’t have to be sick to enjoy this, it’s an excellent starter or light meal. The kids love it.
This recipe below from The healthy Chef is also an excellent one.It has all the important immune boosting ingredients and some coriander thrown in for extra flavour. I always reduce the amount of soy sauce for kids, and make the chicken stock from scratch boiling some chicken as above instead of using store bought chicken stock. There are less additives, and added MSG this way and you get the goodness in the broth from the chicken bone.
Always use chicken pieces with bone, not the breast. The bonier the better, such as the chicken wing. But ensure that you remove all bones before serving!
TIP: Boiled chicken is also a really good remedy for a sore tummy whilst your stomach lining is recovering. Anyone with a bad bout of gastritis will know that a diet of boiled chicken and rice for a few days will settle them right down.