Who does not want a bowl of soup when they start to feel the symptoms of a common cold, the flu, or any other discomfort? Because we choose ingredients that are true medicinal foods, which provide us with vitamins and minerals, soups are ideal for respiratory illnesses and cold days. Won’t you agree?
The seasonal flu and common colds are both caused by viruses. People often use natural remedies to relieve their symptoms, including congestion, runny nose, cough, sore throat, muscle soreness, fever, and headaches. Catching a common cold can make you feel bad for a few days, but the flu symptoms can last for several weeks. Thus, it’s important for you to know the difference.
Common colds are a mild respiratory disease, and usually lasts for 4-5 days. It starts with a sore throat and runny nose, and then it continues with congestion and a cough. If you notice dark mucus after the 4th day, it means that you have developed a bacterial infection. This is when you must contact your doctor, as you’ll probably need antibiotic therapy.
The flu has more severe symptoms that common colds. Besides sore throat, the beginning of the infection is accompanied by cough, headache, fever, congestion, muscle pain and soreness. If you don’t treat the flu properly and you allow it to last for more than a week, then complications may follow. In some cases, it may develop into pneumonia and hospitalization.
In this article, we show you a few recipes of healthy and delicious soups, that can help you fight inflammation and the symptoms of common colds and the flu.
Soups That Can Help You Treat Common Colds And Flu
Broccoli Carrot Recipe
Creamy and delicious, this broccoli and carrot soup is your perfect ally in the fight against common colds and flu in the winter period. Combine fresh broccoli, carrot, onion, butter and cream. Season with nutmeg, cheddar cheese, salt and black pepper.
This is a classic recipe, and it’s even served in restaurants. However, in this case, we’re going to prepare it lightly, so that your body can digest it easily. Onion soup is especially helpful in eliminating the mucus and toxins that are saturating the organism.
Combine white and red onions. Season with a pinch of cayenne, salt and black pepper. Consume the soup in small quantities.
Garlic, Millet And Seaweed Soup
This soup has a delicious flavor and is very medicinal. Garlic is a natural antibiotic that improve the immune system. Millet is an alkalizing cereal, that’s easily digestible and helps us neutralize the acidity of the body. The seaweed provides us with many minerals, and help us treat the tiredness and weakness characteristic of common colds and flu.
Combine the ingredients and cook for 45 minutes. Season with salt and black pepper.
Celery, Carrot And Ginger Soup
These three ingredients are very depurative, and can help us reduce fever and eliminate toxins.
Cut the celery and carrot into very small pieces, and cook them with a glass and a half of water. Season with salt and black pepper. Grate a thumb-sided fresh ginger root, and add it into the soup. Consume the soup throughout the entire day.
Thyme And Egg Soup
This soup is an old remedy, used to treat common colds and flu.
Thyme has a great advantage that besides being a medicinal plant it is also a culinary plant. So, it gives a delicious and homemade flavor to our soup. Also, it helps improve the immune system, has antiseptic properties, and helps calm the cough.
Combine vegetable broth, a few cloves of garlic, onion, and thyme. Season with salt and black pepper. When everything is cooked, add a raw egg to the soup and stir well, until combined. Serve while still warm.