Well it will not be a surprise to anyone that I have pushed my health too far. As a result I am receiving signs that I have compromised my immunity which I am not happy about at all. I have to protect my health and help my system get stronger.
The first place I always turn to in order to help support my immunity is soup. In particular, my super immunity soup when I have the energy or I make my abbreviated version if I don’t. This time while making it I remembered some of my mom’s wisdom. She says to always put parsley stems when making a broth to boost healing power so I tied some together with butcher’s string and let them steep in my soup. The grocery store was out of kale so I used swiss chard instead. Shiitake mushrooms are another huge immunity booster so I added some as well. Delicious!
It is already freezing here, I mean FREEZING! So I will be drinking a ton of hot healing liquids. Ginger is a huge healer (which also goes in my soup BTW) and I find it funny that people spend a lot of money buying packaged ginger tea when they can make it themselves. Ginger root is super affordable.
All you have to do is cut and peel a coin of it, add hot water, let it steep for eight minutes and then add some honey and you are done. To add extra flavour I also throw in a bag of lemon tea with lots of lemon, another healing food. Add lots of honey and you are good to go!
Once again I made this fantastic dressing of my Dad’s wife’s that I use in a warm spinach salad. It is filled with garlic and sundried tomatoes and is so strong and tasty. Raw garlic is an astoundingly powerful healer and the sundried tomatoes are filled with vitamin C which helps you absorb the iron from the spinach salad. I also got 100% pure pomegranate juice to put in my smoothies which is filled with antioxidants.
I listen to my body. When it says, ease down (Aliens reference), I ease down. I am already having a hard time with the cold and winter has only just begun here. My body is already struggling, warning me to rest and recover. Time for yoga, lots of naps and healing nourishing foods.
Food is the best medicine of all. Please let me know about your super immunity boosting food. I need all the help I can get.
Debra She Who Seeks says
I swear by Vitamin C. Lots and lots. From food of course, but also supplements. Chew those tablets like candy! Nom nom nom!
Suzie Ridler says
Awesome! Thanks for the reminder and I am munching away on a supplement right now thank to you. 🙂
Your post made me feel so warm, healthy and cozy!!! I have to try these recipes of yours. Vitamin C I agree with also as well as pure cranberry juice. It flushes out toxins. I love cranberry juice and not Ocean Spray. I buy the *real* stuff at the health food stores (some people can’t tolerate the strong tartness of it)
Husband and I make what we refer to as “Miracle Soup.” We don’t have a specific recipe, but in generally involves lots of garlic, ginger, hot chilies, lemon & lime juice & zest. Sort of a Hot & Sour soup with chicken & lots of veggies. It does seem to work wonders. 🙂
Here is some of mine:
Broccoli to me the veggie I go to all the time. It’s one of the super foods and cancer fighting champ.
Bananas- I believe it’s the potassium that relaxes me and gives me a boost of energy.
Blackberries- I usually eat them in smoothies. It’s packed full of nutrients.
Bohemian Single Mom says
I think I might follow your lead on this one Suzie. I have been filling my body with so much junk and coffee to keep going and I feel sluggish and awful. Not a great way to start the winter season.
Thanks for the awesome tips…garlic is my magic ingredient…I try and add it to everything possible. Also, switching out coffee for some yerbe matte…it’s delicious and suppposed to be an energy booster without caffiene…I’ll let ya know.
I’ve missed you!!!
Garlic, garlic, garlic!!
Brent Garell says
I drink lemon tea with honey almost every morning and it seems to do the trick. Sometimes I’ll add a pinch of cayenne pepper to it as a pick-me-up! I like your fresh ginger idea so I’ll have to give it a try. Thanks!!!