Following in the foot steps of my last post about Immune Boosting Foods I thought I would share an Immunity Boosting Soup recipe that is so yummy and good for you! It’s full of ingredients that will help keep your immune system humming along this fall and winter season.
If you are dealing with Candida and are in the initial stages of the cleanse then you’ll want to leave out the mushrooms. You could substitute another one of your favorite veggies like cabbage or celery if you like.
The reason to leave out the mushrooms may not be what you think. Yes, mushrooms are a fungus but they don’t feed Candida, however, those who have Candida overgrowth can be very sensitive to a lot of foods and mushrooms are one of them. They can cause allergy type reactions in someone who is experiencing Candida. So I always err on the side of caution and leave them out when doing a Candida cleanse.
Then after things have settled down and your gut is more balanced I would start with a small amount of mushrooms and see how you feel. If you have any type of reaction to them (headaches, fatigue, bloating, gas, rashes, etc.) that can happen up to 4 days after eating then it’s recommended to leave that food out of your diet. You could wait a few months and try this again to see if you indeed do have an intolerance to this food.
This immunity-boosting soup is made with a virtual garden of powerful ingredients that contain beneficial nutrients for your immune system:
Turmeric adds a subtle flavor and a beautiful yellow color. The active ingredient is curcumin, a powerful antioxidant.
Black pepper also has antioxidant properties.
Cayenne pepper can clear congestion due to the main active compound capsaicin, which has anti-inflammatory properties.
Shiitake mushrooms are rich in vitamins and minerals and contain unique phytonutrients that contribute to good health.
A healthy immune system is vital for helping your body deal with infections caused by viruses, bacteria, candida, and environmental toxins. As the winter months approach, it becomes even more important to support your immune system by consistently eating a balanced diet, exercising, and making healthy lifestyle choices. But the real fuel for a strong immune system is using food as medicine.
An immunity-boosting diet includes light, easily digestible meals throughout the day, especially soup. A myriad of health benefits and flavors are derived from the herbs, vegetables, and broth. Soups also can help curtail the onset or ease the symptoms of colds and flu. Look for soups that include immunity-enhancing ingredients such as ginger, onion, garlic, mushrooms, and a variety of veggies and herbs in a broth-base. As always, food made from scratch is best!
Limit red meat; instead, eat moderate amounts of fish and poultry.
It’s also smart to limit sugar in your diet. Studies have shown excessive sugar intake can interfere with optimal immune system function.
As far as beverages, the constituents in green tea have been shown to be both anti-inflammatory and immune enhancing.
More Immune Boosting Foods
Cabbage (Vitamin U), cooked or raw. (Use cooked if you have hypo-thyroid issues).
Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs), especially as found in cold water, deep ocean fish such as herring, salmon, mackerel, sardines. Other sources of EFAs include fish oils; organic, clarified butter (Ghee), extra-virgin olive oil and organic virgin coconut oil.
Garlic, raw or in supplement form.
Fiber from fresh, organically grown vegetables and fruits. As you increase fiber in your diet, you need to increase your daily intake of pure water.
Seaweeds such as kelp, Nori, Dulse, Kombu, Hijiki, etc.
Sprouts from seeds, beans, peas, and grasses
Freshly made Juices from organically grown vegetables, fruits, and grasses
Mushrooms (Shiitake, Maitake, Rei-Shi, Ling-Zhi, etc.