Pumpkin soup (and pumpkin in general) is a great dish to incorporate into your diet during the fall and winter seasons to help you stay healthy. This is due to pumpkin being an extremely nutrient-dense food; meaning it is full of vitamins and minerals. In addition, the spices in pumpkin soup are antimicrobial. Do not limit yourself to pumpkin soup, as there are many creative ways pumpkin can be incorporated into your diet, including desserts, soups, salads, and preserves.
Heat the oil in a heavy large pot over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic. Sauté until golden (about 10 minutes). Add the pumpkin, broth, sugar, allspice, and crushed red pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce the heat. Cover and simmer until flavors blend (about 30 minutes). Working in batches, puree the soup in a blender until smooth. Return the soup to the pot. Bring the soup to a simmer, thinning with coconut milk to the desired consistency. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Ladle the soup into bowls. Sprinkle with the pumpkin seeds, drizzle with a teaspoon of coconut milk and serve.
Antimicrobial foods are an effective way of providing what your body needs to fight or prevent infection. Foods have been used for thousands of years to heal people and what worked then still works today. Therefore, this cold/flu season incorporate as much anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, and immune boosting foods in your diet as possible, such as garlic, onions, honey, bell peppers, cabbage, raw apple cider vinegar, turmeric, coconut oil, home-made soups and chai tea. Additionally, add fall and winter spices to your foods, like cinnamon, ginger, oregano, thyme, clove, and nutmeg. And always remember to “Let your food be your medicine, and your medicine be your food.”
other hand, immune stimulants boost the activity of the immune system but are not known to normalize excessive immune response. Consequently, immune stimulants are not recommended for people that have autoimmune disorders. Instead, people with autoimmune disorders may use immune modulating herbs to support them thru this cold/flu season. Some of the best-researched immune herbs that are your best bet to help prevent or shorten the duration of a cold or flu are Astragalus, Black elderberry, Echinacea, Eleuthero (Siberian Ginseng), Panax ginseng, Green tea, Rosehips, Shiitake and Reishi mushrooms.
follow a healthy lifestyle, you might not need to take an herbal supplement to prevent colds and cases of flu. It will be good enough to take the supplement in times when there is a change in your lifestyle that might weaken your immune system, such as stress, anxiety, or a bad diet. At the first sign of a cold/flu take an immune formula, as it will reduce its duration.
viruses. We are surrounded by bacteria and viruses all the time, yet a healthy individual is not sick very often. Even in the worst epidemics, there are always people who either don’t get sick or whose symptoms are mild and quickly resolved. Not to mention about one third of people who are infected remain asymptomatic. Clearly the health of your immune system is of paramount importance to minimize your changes of coming down with the cold or flu. However, it is worth noting that both theories make valid and truthful arguments, and we can take each theory into consideration and utilize our knowledge of them to reduce our risks of developing the cold or flu. Read entire article
The coming cold and flu season is only one of the many reasons that immune function should always be at the top of your list of health priorities. The immune system doesn’t just keep colds and flus away — it is also the body’s best defense against any disease. Normal functioning of the immune system is critical to our health and resistance to infection. A healthy body will have innate resistance to many bacteria and viruses – such as the cold and flu viruses; and if infection occurs, symptoms will be mild, and can be fought off successfully in a short period of time. Your daily habits – including the foods you eat, exercise, sleep routines, environmental toxins, and emotional stress, have a significant effect on your immune function and can conspire to weaken immunity. Additionally, immune support herbs – such as echinacea and astragalus – act to stimulate or modulate the immune system.
Dr. Toni is a Best-selling author, Holistic Health Practitioner (HHP) & Registered Herbalist in San Diego, California. She holds a PhD in psychology, and a Clinical Herbalist Certificate, an HHP certificate and is a Certified Trainer in the Success Principles. In private practice as a HHP she has been influenced by a variety of clinical modalities and orientations, and by the diverse life experiences of her clients. Toni’s approach to healing is holistic & transpersonal. In her work, she integrates the principles of Eastern and Western nutrition, herbololgy, energy medicine, Buddhist mindfulness and personal counseling to assist others in working through their physical or emotional blocks to attain optimal health.