I love to incorporate soups all year round and especially this year I’ve regularly cooked my granny’s immune-boosting soup! It’s great for evening meals in particular, as the body particularly wants warm foods in the evening.
Have you heard the saying ‘nothing after raw after 4’? This is because after a long day of digesting, by the time it gets to the evening your digestive system needs a little support and having warm meals this supports your digestion, thus boosting the absorption of phytomins and nutrients and therefore supporting your immune system.
Avoid Starvation Mode and have with Immune-Boosting Soup for Dinner
You can either use a slow cooker or make a soup but either way, they help me stay on track and maintain healthy habits. Your blood sugar levels need to be ‘parented’ (like a small child) with a regular routine so the body knows it can trust you and burn fat, absorb nutrients and feel safe that starvation mode is not about to come out of the left field.
If you allow yourself to slip into starvation mode this encourages the body to hold onto excessive waste and toxins for the body defaults into emergency/survival mode. I see so many clients each week who even have low vitamin & mineral levels simply because they watch, think or are exposed to stressful situations around mealtime so all the blood shunts to the arms and legs and away from digesting their food.
Create Peaceful Mealtimes and Snack In Between
It is best to eat every four hours, drink 2L of water (mainly away from meals) and create peaceful mealtimes. Choose to listen to music, watch a comedy, chat with someone positive and uplifting and don’t watch the news, as stressful environments lead to poor absorption, which leads to deficiencies and therefore a weakened immune system.
I make and drink our Rejuv Wellness Water all day, and as an afternoon snack, I have one of our Rejuv Muffins with a cup of tea. This way I enter into dinner time feeling balanced mind and body so as not to feel the desire to overeat.
Particularly if I prepared my granny’s immune-boosting soup or started slow cooker that morning then dinner has cooked itself and it is so warming and delicious. It’s ok to have salads at night but I don’t suggest ending the day with a big salad but more of a side salad with a warm meal.
Why Chicken Soup is Good for the Body (and Soul)
All soup is beneficial but a bone broth or chicken soup is particularly healing for chicken is high in the amino acid called cysteine that is released when the soup is made. This amino acid thins mucus in the lungs, aiding in the healing process, clearing airways, hydrate and easing nasal congestion. So it’s great to heal and protect you from any virus. Then add in all the veggies packed with vitamins, minerals and essential nutrients and you have yourself a healing super meal right there!
With the holidays coming I always sew into my immune system this time of the year and eat more soups and drink more warm liquids.
Foundational Immune Boosting Supplements
I also make sure my foundational supplements are in place from our Immune Boost Pack. Health is the new wealth after all and it is more than ever for us to be vigilant at supporting our immune system.
I also load on these formulas in my Immune Boost pack with 2 before each meal 3 x a day, for 3-5 days and viruses tend to lose their grip. My patients and my kids report feeling better over a short period of time and not slipping into a suppressed immune state, that can take months to recover from.
My Granny’s Immune-Boosting Soup
Here is the recipe for my favourite soup and I either make it veggie and add lentils or with organic chicken. I’ve been using this recipe for years and it was handed down to me by my granny who just turned 95 so it obviously works.
- 2 onions
- 6 cloves garlic
- of 1 thumb ginger
- 3 stalks of celery or
- 3 carrots
- 1 head of broccoli
- 2 courgettes
- 1 cup of peas
- Whole organic chicken 2 cups of lentils
- herbs and seasonings
Making My Granny’s Soup
This flavourful soup starts with sautéing onion, garlic and ginger with avocado or grapeseed oil until tender, fragrant and golden. I then mix up 3 soup spoons of vegan bullion stock into boiling water and fill up a stainless steel soup pot or my ceramic slow cooker, with boiling water. Next, I add my lentils or organic whole chicken. I leave this simmer for 1 hour and then add in all my veggies. If I’m pushed for time I add my veggies in at the start.
I simmer for at least 4 hours. If it’s the chicken version I then tear off all the chicken and remove bones. If you have fussy eaters I puree the soup with my hand blender. If not serve as is and garnish with pumpkin seeds, garlic, ginger, sauerkraut and cayenne pepper – delicious!