Miso Soup for the sick

Ever since I posted the blog post about vegan health, I’ve been feeling sick.  It started of as just a little head cold that I didn’t worry about, but yesterday I felt so unbelievable sick I didn’t even want to get out of bed 😦 but the world doesn’t stand still just because I’m sick especially when I have  a partner that cant even make toast and works almost everyday and really odd hours.  So when I get sick I want simple recipes, that’s nutritious and good for me.

 

I made this soup yesterday and it helped me so much, my cold is almost completely gone! So when you have some sniffles try this recipe!

 

I chose ingredients that would help ease the symptoms.

 

ONIONS 

I always find it so odd that people don’t like onions, its something that can make a meal and with all these health benefits who wouldn’t like onion!

Onion is a powerful anti-septic that is rich in vitamins A, B and C.  It is a potent source of folic acid, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, chromium, iron and dietary fiber.

IMMUNE BOOSTER: The pungency increases blood circulation and causes sweating.  Useful in cold weather to ward off infection, reduce fever and sweat out colds and flu. 

Onions have also been shown to have excellent antibiotic properties with a history of usage dating back to ancient Rome.  There is a long list of beneficial medicinal properties which has been directly attributed to the onion such as; herbal analgesia, anti-inflammatory substance, increases circulation, alleviating angina, and used in the treatment of the common cold and flu, and for people who have a persistent cough.

GARLIC

mmmm garlic, I’ve vampires do exist I would feel so bad that they cant stand garlic and I would most likely kill them with just a sniff of one of my meals.

 garlic has been a natural antibiotic used since ancient times.  Garlic in the diet helps reduce cholesterol, triglycerides and blood pressure, and also helps thin the blood and acts as an expectorant and decongestant.  In the past, garlic was used for its antimicrobial properties in World War I to treat typhus and dysentery, and during World War II it was used to ward off sepsis.  Modern research has shown that garlic has extensive antibiotic properties.  Japanese, Russians, English and American scientists have conducted extensive research which shows a diet which contains regular amounts of garlic can reduce the risk of stroke, hypertension, tumors, and certain forms of cancer and can help with treatment of the common cold.  

 

GREEN TEA

I’m not that fond about green tea, but I do enjoy a cup of green tea once in awhile and after reading up about it makes me want to drink some everyday!

There is a good reason why many Asian societies have been drinking green tea for hundreds of years. Archeological records show that people have been steeping green tea leaves for over 5,000 years! Globally, tea ranks second only to water in overall beverage popularity.

Green tea has benefits beyond its ability to quench thirst, from its ability to possibly ward off cancer to its cardio-protective effects, decades of substantial research show that green tea may hold a variety of healing, health-boosting properties.

Green tea may act as an overall immune booster. Chemicals in green tea have been used to reduce colds, flu and even genital warts. Some studies on laboratory animals even show promising evidence that green tea can slow the ageing process and even keep us alive longer

GINGER

No Asian meal is complete without some ginger, I’ve always loved the taste of ginger maybe that’s why my favorite cookie is ginger.

 Ginger has long been used as a natural treatment for colds and the flu. Many people also find ginger to be helpful in the case of stomach flus or food poisoning, which is not surprising given the positive effects ginger has upon the digestive tract.

Research has shown that ginger may provide migraine relief due to its ability to stop prostaglandins from causing pain and inflammation in blood vessels.

CARROT

I’m not a fan of eating raw vegetables, its just not my cup of tea, but I love carrots raw, the sweet taste and it just feels refreshing. 

The health benefits of carrot include reduced cholesterol, prevention from heart attacks, warding off certain cancers and many others. Most of the benefits of carrot can be attributed to its beta carotene and fiber content. This root, is a good source of antioxidant agents as well. Carrots are rich in vitamin A,  Vitamin C, Vitamin K, and potassium. 

 

BROCCOLI

Broccoli provides a high amount of vitamin C, which aids iron absorption in the body, prevents the development of cataracts, and also eases the symptoms of the common cold.

BABY SPINACH

Popeye’s favorite food! There was a reason Mr popeye got so much energy after he had some spinach;)

Loaded with Vitamins: like A, K, D, and E and a host of trace minerals.

Source of Omega 3 Fatty Acids

Anti-Cancer and Anti-Inflammatory Antioxidants: Researchers have identified more than a dozen different flavonoid compounds in spinach that function as anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer agents. In a recent study on the relationship between risk of prostate cancer and vegetable intake (including such healthy vegetables as broccoli, cabbage, and brussel sprouts) only spinach showed evidence of significant protection against the occurrence of aggressive prostate cancer.

Alkalizes the Body.

Nourishes the eyes: The carotenoids found in spinach protect against eye diseases such as cataracts and macular degeneration.

Strengthens the Bones: One cup of fresh spinach (or 1/6 cup of cooked spinach) contains twice your daily vitamin K needs. This along with the calcium and magnesium in spinach is essential to maintain healthy bones.

MISO

Contains all essential amino acids, making it a complete protein.

2. Stimulates the secretion of digestive fluids in the stomach.

3. Restores beneficial probiotics to the intestines.

4. Aids in the digestion and assimilation of other foods in the intestines.

5. Is a good vegetable-quality source of B vitamins (especially B12).

6. Strengthens the quality of blood and lymph fluid.

7. Reduces risk for breast, prostate, lung and colon cancers.

8. Protects against radiation due to dipilocolonic acid, an alkaloid that chelates heavy metals and discharges them from the body.

9. Strengthens the immune system and helps to lower LDL cholesterol.

10. High in antioxidants that protects against free radicals.

Read more: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/10-benefits-and-uses-for-miso.html#ixzz21dSYap6J

 

Now that you know all the beneficial ingredients in this soup, let hop to it.  This recipe is simple and delicious, perfect  for a sick person to prepare.

 

MISO SOUP – serves about 2-3 bowls 

Ingredients

*1/2 cup luke warm green tea

* 1.5 cup water

* 1/2 cup chopped small broccoli 

* 1 small carrot chopped in rounds then halved

* handful baby spinach roughly chopped 

* small onion chopped

* 3 cloves garlic, minced

* 1 tbsp ginger minced

* Buckwheat noodles as much as desired  ( I added a little bit of buckwheat noodles to make it more filling)

* 2 tbsp miso

DIRECTIONS

In a pot bring the water and green tea to a simmer, add onion, broccoli and carrot.  Simmer for a minute or 2 add in the garlic, ginger and noodles and simmer till the noodles are ready. Add the miso and stir well till completely dissolved. I like my vegetables to be very vibrant and crunchy so I didn’t wait till they were soft, when everything is ready stir in spinach till its wilted and serve immediately.

 

What natural methods do you use when you’re sick?

all info found all around the internet

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