This year there was a long transition from cold, damp March days to what has started off as a bright, warm April. Unfortunately, the change of seasons can put our bodies in a vulnerable position and make us prone to catching colds.
The good news is that proper self-care can help prevent illness. Some of the best ways to stay healthy include getting good quality sleep (7 hours of restful, uninterrupted sleep), managing stress, and eating well. Acupuncture can also strengthen the health of the respiratory and digestive system, both of which are vital in maintaining a well-functioning immune system.
When your body and health are compromised by a cold, eating your vegetables cooked will provide the most benefits. It is also beneficial to eat foods that will help clear up that phlegm and mucus caught in your sinuses and lungs, including thyme, basil, rosemary, celery, garlic, black pepper, and turmeric.
Making a large pot of nutritious soup is perfect for those of us with busy schedules. It is an easy way to feed a family and have leftovers for another couple meals. I hope that you will enjoy this family recipe for a chicken and vegetable soup that tastes great and is great for you.