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Beauty & Health 12 Nov 2012

The Power of Immune-Boosting Foods

Defeat Cold and Flu Season With This Fabulous Recipe.

With November officially here, and December and January right around the corner, we are entering what’s usually known as cold and flu season. Reminders of this tend to put people on edge. They become worried about dealing with unpleasant symptoms, wary of taking crazy precautions to avoid getting ill, breaking out the hand sanitizer and wiping down all surfaces several times a day. That’s no fun! We thought you’d appreciate a more palate-pleasing approach. Immunity has a lot more to do with what you put into your body on a regular basis than the germs you are exposed to in your work, school, or home environment. Good news!! You can build your immune system with delicious, nutrient-dense food.

On the list of the strongest immunity boosting foods are:

- vegetables with beta carotene and Vitamin A (think orange: carrots, pumpkin, and sweet potatoes)

- ginger

- garlic

- barley, oats

- fermented foods, for their probiotics (miso, sauerkraut, tempeh)

- mushrooms

Here is a recipe that The Food Apothecary has used many a time to heal clients who have raging flu symptoms, looking to heal the natural way without drugstore pharmaceuticals. They usually feel much better within a couple of days!!

Carrot-Ginger Anti-Inflammatory Blast

Ingredients:
2 tbsp water, to sauté
1 large yellow onion, coarsely chopped
3 tbsp garlic, minced
1 teaspoon turmeric
7-8 carrots, sliced into rounds
2 medium sweet potatoes, quartered
2 ½ tsp fresh ginger, peeled and chopped (even more of this if you love ginger!)
4-5 cups low sodium vegetable stock
Salt and Cayenne pepper, to taste

Preparation:
1. Add the water to a large pot over medium high heat.

2. Sauté the onions and garlic in the water (add more water, as necessary to keep onions and garlic moist while sautéing).

3. Add all of the ingredients and cook until the potatoes and carrots are tender.

4. Transfer to a blender, in batches if necessary, and purée the soup until creamy.

5. Add salt and pepper as needed.

 

 

(Photo by: by heymrleej on Flickr)

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