Top Tips For Avoiding Illness
1. Eat one kiwifruit per day for a hit of vitamin C
2. Take probiotics to boost the immune system and prevent illness
3. Load up on lemon to alkalise the body, as acidic conditions in the body favour the growth of bacteria and viruses
And for an extra health-hit, why not try Emma’s Immune Boosting Soup?
Chicken thighs, 600g (this is the perfect protein to support your production of disease fighting immune molecules)
Chicken stock, 1 litre (try making yours at home and freezing in portions for later)
1 brown onion, finely sliced (helps to break down mucous)
6 cloves garlic, finely sliced (a natural antibiotic)
1 inch fresh ginger, finely sliced (stimulates circulation enabling more efficient clearing of toxins)
1 -2 chillis, finely sliced (add the seeds for their heat- high in vitamin C)
200g enoki mushrooms, separated (have anti-cancer properties so can certainly help fight any nasty bugs)
80g risoni pasta (a great carbohydrate source for energy)
Zest and juice of 2 lemons (uplifts mood)
Parsley to taste, torn (high in iron which stimulates immunity)
1 tablespoon goji berries (traditionally used in China in convalescence, specifically in broths)
1. Sauté onions, garlic, chilli, ginger in pan until soft. Add chicken thighs and brown them. Pour in your stock and simmer.
2. Once chicken is cooked take it out and shred with a fork. Return chicken to pot; add risoni, goji berries and enoki mushrooms. 3. To serve, place lemon zest on the bottom of your bowl. Add soup and top off with lemon juice and parsley.
Use your intuition on quantities. Just put on some music, dance and put some love into it!
Enjoy for an easy lunch or after a long day at work. I will often enjoy this soup for a few days in a row to really boost my immunity, especially if I have been exposed to lots of sniffly people.
Don’t forget to wash your hands frequently in winter too as this is how the nasty germs get transferred in the first place!