Immune Boosting Soup

cabbage_soupOkay, so you have your broth made, now what? Well, you can simply sip on the nutrient-rich liquid, or you can make a powerhouse soup. From helping you lose weight to warming you up from the inside out to boosting your immunity, soup is a winter staple that you shouldn’t be without.

An ancient Chinese proverb states that a good doctor uses food first, then resorts to medicine. A healing soup can be your first step in maintaining your health and preventing illness. When you slowly simmer foods over low heat, you gently leach out the energetic and therapeutic properties of the foods, preserving the nutritional value of the food and making it easier for your body to assimilate the nutrients. Here is a great soup that will boost your immunity – or heal you quicker if you’re already sick – all winter long.

Simmer these ingredients for 30 minutes to 1 hour: cabbage, carrots, fresh ginger, onion, oregano, shiitake mushrooms (if dried, they must be soaked first), the seaweed of your choice, and any type of squash in chicken or vegetable stock. Cabbage can increase your body’s ability to fight infection, ginger supports healthy digestion, and seaweed cleanses the body. Shiitake mushrooms contain coumarin, polysaccharides and sterols, as well as vitamins and minerals that increase your immune function; the remaining ingredients promote general health and well-being.

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  1. The recipe looks very good, but I would prefer to have amounts of each of those ingredients to add into the soup. Not sure I would attempt it if I did not have that. Thanks.

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