Natural remedies for fighting cold and flu this winter and homemade turnip soup recipe
The flu season is on the way and the only way to prevent colds and flu is to strengthen your immune system against the viruses that are getting stronger every year. Here are the lists of top fruits and vegetables that you can add to your diet on a daily basis to avoid getting sick:
Raw organic Fruits and vegetables are filled with vitamins and micronutrients:
When you consume fruits and vegetables uncooked and in their raw form, you are consuming tremendous amount of real nutrients, enzymes, antioxidants and micronutrients. Heat often kills and destroys most of the valuable nutrition in our food so it’s important to add at least 50% to 75% raw organic fruits and vegetables to your diet. Cooked foods have minerals and not much vitamins and excessive amount of minerals (like calcium and iron) is known to cause many health problems and chronic conditions. Add more of fruits and vegetables high in vitamin C like kale, mango, broccoli, berries (blueberries, raspberries, cranberries and strawberries), limes, lemons, pine apples, papaya, apples and oranges to your diet.
Supplements including colloidal sliver and coenzyme Q10:
Coenzyme Q10 supplements are filled with powerful antioxidants that can help to boost your immune system. And colloidal silver is regarded for its support the natural defense system of the body by attacking and killing more than 500 microbial.
Herbs such as green/herbal tea, olive leaf extract, St. John's Wort, licorice, garlic, elderberry, ginger, and Echinacea:
Herbs are known to be a great source of antioxidants and micronutrients with powerful medicinal and healing properties.
Green/Herbal tea: Powerful source of antioxidant that can fight infections and viruses.
Olive leaf: Olive leaf is a great anti-inflammatory, antifungal and antibacterial and can boost the immune system.
St. John's Wort: It’s known to fight against depression, influenza and HIV.
Licorice: Licorice root has powerful anti-inflammatory properties and is known to fight against chronic fatigue, depression, cold, flues, coughs, viral infections, fungal infections and liver problems.
Elderberry: Elderberry or liquid extract was first used by Native Americans to treat infections. Elderberry capsules are known to prevent and shorten the duration of colds and flues.
Echinacea: Echinacea liquid extract is known to improve the immune system and treat infections.
Ginger: Ginger has strong anti-bacteria and anti-viral properties and can fight common cold and flu.
Home-made soup is also an effective remedy to fight against cold and flu:
I personally try to add turnip to my diet, especially during cold and flu season. This vegetable is a very powerful source of flavonoids, antioxidants and vitamin C that can effectively fight against ear infections, sore throat and cold. The beta carotene in turnip is converted to vitamin A by the body and the potent antioxidants help to neutralize thousands of free radicals that attack our living cells on a daily basis.
You can add turnip on its raw form to your daily green juices however I believe turnips are much more effective to fight colds and flu when they are cooked (not overly cooked/heated). In fact, heat most of the times destroys the valuable nutrients; however slight heat can release some of the hidden nutrients in vegetables like broccoli and tomato.
Here is my favorite recipe for making turnip soup (use organic ingredients if possible):
>> 4 medium turnips with sliced turnip greens (don’t throw the turnip greens away. They are great source of nutrients)
>> 1/2 cup pearl barley
>> 1/4 cup shredded carrots
>> 2 cups chopped spinach
>> 1 cup chopped parsley
>> 2 chopped garlic cloves (To maximize garlic health benefit, you should chop garlic at room temperature and let it sit for 15 minutes. This gives garlic enough time to release the enzyme known as ‘alliinase’ that produces anti-cancer compounds)
>> 1 piece of chopped ginger
>> 1 table spoon of turmeric powder or 1 piece of fresh turmeric
>> 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary
>> 1 onion
>> Freshly squeezed lime, enough salt and cayenne pepper
>> Vegetable broth, or if you consume meat you could add turkey broth
Add vegetable broth or turkey stock and bring to a boil. Add in barley, turnip, onion, shredded carrots, rosemary, garlic, ginger, and enough salt and pepper and stir to combine. Reduce the heat, cover the pot and continue to cook for 40 minutes (stir few times). After 40 minutes add turmeric powder or fresh turmeric and let it cook for another 20 minutes. At the end add chopped spinach and turnip greens and let it cook for 5 more minutes. You could add chopped cilantro and freshly squeezed lime into each bowl of soup just before serving.
Bon appétit and have a great winter cold and flu free!