Homemade Chicken Soup
The concept of having homemade chicken soup when you have a cold or build-up of phlegm is something of a myth, old wives tale or urban legend. However, it does actually have healing properties. This is especially true if it is used in conjunction with ginger and garlic.
The emphasis here is on “HOMEMADE” chicken soup. The store-bought chicken soup contains very high salt levels and various preservatives, so homemade is best.
The little bit of salt in the homemade chicken soup together with the fact that it is served warm can ease a sore throat. The warm mixture also hydrates the body and moistures the throat. Homemade chicken soup also contains a compound called carsonine, known to help boost the immune system.
A variety of homemade soup recipes abound and in all likelihood, each individual has at some time or another had ‘grandma’s chicken soup’ or ‘mama’s chicken soup’. These soups are perfect for consumption when battling a sore throat caused by mucous congestion. As with most soups, the inclusion of vegetables such as carrots, lentils, celery, etc. can only make the soup healthier and give it additional flavor.
Because the healing properties of homemade chicken soup end when the soup is expelled from the body after digestion, consume it on an ongoing basis (2 to 3 times a day) in order to be effective. Cooking one batch of soup and then freezing it in small portions is advised (especially if you’ve traveled home for some good home cooked food!).
The healing powers of homemade chicken soup should not be dismissed as it has been proven to be very effective.