OTTAWA | FLU FOOD!!!
Updated: Apr 12
Hello everyone! Everybody's sick at this time of year. What a pain!? Flu shots or not, we can still get sick. So many yucky things we can use out of a pharmacy. Some stuff works somewhat for a while, but you’re still sick and tired. What’s with this coronavirus too? We have to take care of ourselves.
Start with essential needs. Lots of sleep and lots of fluids. I’m not a doctor or a nurse or a dietitian, but I'll share what helps me. I cut out lactose to reduce phlegm. I cut out eggs to reduce reflux. I eat a lot of kiwi and cranberries to reduce lectin which also contributes to reflux and eventual post nasal drip. I have apple cider vinegar in a glass of water in the morning and sometimes at night. I crush a garlic clove and swallow it like a pill. I also love to soak in an epsom salt and ginger powder bath. Don’t put too much ginger in the beginning. Tingles the skin. I make this flu busting soup. I essentially take a mix of flu busting ingredients, and it turns into something very soothing and yummy. You can Google the benefits of each ingredient. They’re full of vitamins and bacteria fighting properties. I use the magic combo of honey, ginger, garlic, turmeric, coconut oil, hot pepper and lime. The flavor of all this together is pretty awesome! I don't tend to add salt while cooking because, sometimes, the broth can be naturally more salty. I try to use real broth I make from boiling a chicken carcass. I know it sounds gross. Felt gross as I wrote it. Oh well, it tastes the best in my opinion. This said, I’ve had good results with store bought veggie or chicken broth. Chicken has a bit more benefits in fighting bacteria from your gut, and adds more protein. Whatever you choose, make sure there's not too many ingredients you can’t pronounce, and no monosodium glutamate.
The Flu Boot Soup
• 1 cup diced yellow onion
• ½ cup finely chopped mushrooms
• 1 TBSP coconut oil
Saute together until tender, then add the following:
• 8 cups broth (chicken or veggie)
• 2 cups baby bok choy sliced
Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to simmer and add the rest of the ingredients
• 2 tsp turmeric
• 1 tsp black pepper
• Hot pepper (as much as you can handle)
• 1 TBSP honey
• 1 TBSP fresh ground ginger
• Juice of half a lime
• 1 cup diced chicken (optional)
• 1/3 cup dry orzo (optional)
• 3-4 green onions
• 2-3 cloves garlic
• Salt to taste
Cook until orzo is tender. Enjoy!
I hope you try it and like it. I would also like to share something I use when I have an upset stomach. Sometimes, we feel like we got poisoned or have a gut bug.
A glass of water. Easy enough.
Add half a teaspoon of activated charcoal to bind and eliminate toxins;
A tablespoon of apple cider vinegar to balance acids in the body;
1 teaspoon mct oil for gut health and fight bacteria.
Don’t do the charcoal too often, but it's good to have on hand. This Fall , my puppy ate something toxic, not sure what. We thought we were going to lose her. I force fed her Gatorade with a bit of charcoal. She got better pretty fast and then I gave her pumpkin puree to help stabilise her tummy, and gradually re-introduced her regular food. She was back to herself in no time.
If these little home remedies are not enough, there are so many options to get medical help: family doctor, walk-in clinics, remote doctor clinics, pharmacists, naturopathic doctors, health food stores, etc. If you’re short of breath, you might want to consider going to the hospital. I try to avoid the hospital unless it's an emergency that can't be solved in a clinic. All this said, please take good care of yourselves. Drink lots of water. Stay active. Sleep well. Eat healthy and yummy! Bon appetit!
Disclaimer: None of the advice in this blog should replace the advice from your doctor. All advice expressed in this blog is purely opinion and stuff that has helped the blogger. The blogger nor What's Up World and any of its employees or partners are responsible should the reader decide to take this advice in place of a Doctor's advice. If you suspect the flu, please go see your doctor!