It`s that time of the year again. Winter and cold are already here, meaning that flu is on the rise. With the cold air spreading germs and the change of temperature, most people are feeling ill. Some have a sore throat and cough while others are sniffling.
These symptoms are usually weak and go away after a day or two, but they are painful all the same. Why would you suffer through the day when there is a simple way to boost your immunity and alleviate the symptoms naturally?
Health Benefits of Garlic
Garlic contains allicin, a substance which is well-known for its potent antioxidant, anti-fungal, anti-microbial, and antiviral properties. It also benefits the body by supporting the digestive system, immune system, and circulatory system as well as by lowing blood pressure levels. If you aren’t fan of this spice, try out odorless garlic supplements.
Here are some of the benefits of the miraculous garlic:
- Regulates blood pressure levels in an all-natural way
- Regulates blood sugar levels
- Fights off allergies
- Removes parasites from the body
- Diminishes plaque from the arteries
- Helps prevent weight gain
- Lowers inflammation
- Soothes upper respiratory tract infections
- Treats sore throat
Garlic is packed with vitamins and minerals that are capable of fighting cold and flu symptoms. According to a 12-week, double-blind, placebo-controlled study which tested the power of allicin powder on cold symptoms, this amazing powder reduced the symptoms for up to 50 percent.
Health Benefits of Ginger
Ginger has been used for a long time now to cure digestive issues, fevers, colds, and other conditions. It is a powerful anti-inflammatory agent and extremely effective at relieving arthritis. Multiple studies have shown that it works wonders when it comes to treating vomiting and nausea too. Numerous studies on its potency have proven that it has antioxidant, antifungal, and antimicrobial properties that help cure cold and flu symptoms.
Flu-fighting Ginger And Garlic Soup
Here is an amazing recipe that combines both superfoods into a soup, and is more than effective in relieving the symptoms of cold, flu, and sinus infection.
- 2 cloves of garlic, peeled and finely diced
- 50g of grated root ginger
- 4 green onions, finely sliced
- 7 cups of chicken broth or stock (or vegetable stock for vegans)
- 1 finely diced medium-hot chili pepper
- Put the garlic, ginger and onions in a large pot and sauté for a few minutes
- Add the broth or stock and bring it to boil
- Simmer until softened
- Add the chillli and simmer for additional five minutes
- Serve with warm bread
- Feel free to replace chilli with other spices if you aren’t a fan of it. You can use cinnamon, for instance, for other health benefits.
- Add butternut squash and carrots for a heartier soup. Simmer until softened and puree afterwards.
- To turn the soup into a full meal, add chopped broccoli, cubed organic chicken cutlets, and sliced mushrooms in the pot. If you are a vegan, add beans in the place of chicken.