While a flu, cold, a streaming nose, or a sore throat are not good enough reasons for us to miss work, they can be quite the nuisance.
So, instead of having to endure these irksome symptoms through the day, you can try making your own ginger and garlic soup which is excellent for strengthening your immune system and combating viral infections.
Flu-fighting ginger and garlic soup against cold, flu, sinus infections…
- 4 minced green onions
- 50g of grated root ginger
- 2 cloves of peeled and nicely minced garlic
- 7 cups of chicken broth or stock (or vegetable stock for vegans)
- 1 nicely chopped medium-hot chili pepper
Put the onions, ginger, and garlic in a large pot and lightly sauté on low heat for a couple of minutes.
Next, add the stock or broth and bring the soup to a boil. Let it boil till the ingredients are nice and soft and add the chopped chili pepper. Simmer for about 5 minutes and it is now ready to serve.
- If you do not fancy spicy foods, add some cinnamon instead of chili pepper
- To make your soup even healthier, add carrots and butternut squash to the pot and let them simmer till they soften, then you can puree the soup.
- If you want to make your soup into a full meal, add minced mushrooms to the mix, some sliced broccoli, and cubed organic chicken cutlets. If you are a vegan, you can add beans instead of the chicken, or some wild rice or quinoa in the in the individual bowls for a wholesome, anti-flu meal.
Health Benefits of Garlic
Garlic is incredibly nutritious and wholesome. It helps regulate high blood pressure, wards off allergies, improves the digestive, circulatory, and immune systems.
In addition to this, it also removes plaque from the arteries, controls blood sugar levels, destroys parasites, lowers inflammation, prevents weight gain, alleviates symptoms of upper respiratory tract infections, and soothes sore throat.
- Nutritional value of garlic
Garlic is packed with nutrients but has very few calories. It contains allicin, a compound known for its antiviral, antimicrobial, antioxidant, and antifungal qualities.
Moreover, garlic is rich in manganese, vitamin B6, vitamin C, selenium, fiber, a fair amount of copper, potassium, calcium, iron, vitamin B1, and phosphorous.
In addition to this, garlic also has a decent amount of a number of other nutrients; it basically has a little of everything you need to retain and restore your health.
Health Benefits of Ginger
There are many so-called “superfoods,” but ginger is actually one of the few that truly deserves that epithet. It has been used for hundreds of years to treat fevers, colds, digestive problems, reduce inflammation, and alleviate arthritis symptoms.
A number of studies have proven its potency in treating vomiting and nausea, and the reason it helps so much combat flu and cold symptoms is due to its proven antimicrobial, antioxidant, and antifungal properties.
- Nutritional value of ginger
Ginger is high in a number of vitamins and minerals such as vitamin B6, zinc, phosphorus, magnesium, folate, niacin, riboflavin.
You can use ginger as a supplement for salt or sugar to flavor your drinks and foods, and since it is almost always consumed in small amounts, it never really adds too much calories, proteins, fibers, and carbohydrates.