Food for thought…Good Health is an excellent Business Strategy
Good Health is an excellent Business Strategy- Grandma was right!
Business owners rarely take sick-days off. They know all too well what it feels like to “burn the candle at both ends.” So what do you do if you get hit with the flu? Listen to Grandma.
What is the first thing you think of as comfort food when you are hit with the cold or flu? Chicken soup is the number one pick for North Americans, and for good reason.
For centuries, grandmothers from all corners of the globe have been espousing the medicinal virtues of this food; and recently science has proven- they are right!
According to medical research, chicken soup is rich in cysteine, an amino acid which is a natural anti-inflammatory known to reduce swellingof nasal passages. It is also a natural decongestant reducing phlegm and mucous development. Other amino-acids in the chicken are precursors for disease-fighting antibodies.
Chicken soup also provides both sodium and liquids, which help to keep the body hydrated. This is important when the body is fighting a “bug” that brings about a fever which can dehydrate the body quickly. Dehydration can weaken the immune system and exaggerate the uncomfortable symptoms. Sodium is also an antiseptic, which is why gargling with salt-water is often recommended for a sore throat.
The noodles and vegetables offer more than great flavor. These ingredients are rich in carbohydrate, an important energy source that helps to combat the lethargic effects of the virus, as well as vitamins that help support immune functions.
But the best and most undeniable part is simply enjoying its warmth and soothing effect. So if you feel like you are coming down with the sniffles put a pot on the stove and set your soup on simmer.
Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup
- Sauté 1 medium chopped onion, in 2 Tbl olive oil
- Add 2 gloves of crushed garlic, until clear.
- Add 1 stalk of chopped celery (stirring until soft)
- Add 6 cups of Chicken broth (Campbell’s no salt added is great)
- Add, 1 chopped carrot and salt and pepper to taste
- Simmer for 1 hour and add 1 cup of chopped, cooked chicken breast (skin removed)
- Add chopped fresh thyme, sage, rosemary and parsley.
- 1 cup of your favourite noodles and simmer till soft
Bon appetite and geshundheit!