Chicken Noodle Soup is not just a book and is for more than the soul.
Why Chicken Noodle Soup?
Chicken noodle soup is typically low in calories and also boosts your micronutrient intake. It can significantly boost your vitamin A and selenium consumption. Both nutrients support proper thyroid gland function. Selenium also activates cancer-fighting enzymes, while vitamin A promotes new red blood cell growth. A serving of chicken noodle soup contains on average about 490 international units of vitamin A, which is about 21 percent of the recommended daily intake for women and 17 percent for men. It also provides about 11-12 micrograms of selenium, which is about 22 percent of your daily selenium needs.
Chicken Noodle Soup when Sick?
Dr. Keri Peterson, an internist at Lenox Hill Hospital and Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City who is affiliated with ZocDoc, explained that soup can help open up congested sinuses.
“All liquid broth soups will speed up the movement of mucous in your nose simply because it’s a hot fluid and that causes dilation of blood vessels which causes increased blood flow and allows the mucous to flush everything out. And that will help alleviate congestion,” she told CBS News.
Soups are also hydrating, which is particularly important when fighting off an infection. “Clear broth soups are hydrating because they typically contain not only water but also salt and so those two together are good properties for hydration,” Peterson said.
Some research suggests chicken soup in particular can help reduce inflammation associated with colds and flu, thus providing some symptom relief. Chicken soup may contain a number of substances with beneficial medicinal activity including an anti-inflammatory mechanism that could ease the symptoms of upper respiratory tract infections, according to a new study reported in the October issue of CHEST, the peer-reviewed journal of the American College of Chest Physicians.
Peterson noted that soups containing vegetables would be good options.
“Overall, fruits and vegetables are known to have anti-inflammatory properties because many of them contain beta-carotene, as well as vitamin C,” she said.
While soup won’t actually cure a cold or flu, these benefits make it a good choice when you’re feeling less than your best.
Chicken Noodle Soup- My Personal Recipe
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 1/2 Tbsp minced garlic
1 medium onion
3 cups chopped carrots
1 1/2 cups celery
2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breast, cut to bite size pieces
2-3 drops* Oregano Vitality essential oil
1 drop* Thyme Vitality essential oil
sea salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste
2 Bay leaves
2 cups egg noodles
2 cups water
2 Tbsp organic chicken bullion
2 quarts chicken bone broth
In a soup pot, add a tbsp olive oil, minced garlic, onions, and carrots and saute for 2-3 minutes until onions are aromatic.
Add chicken into pot, and season with salt and pepper, then cook until slightly browned on outside, but not necessarily cooked through, stir occasionally.
Add in the water, bullion, chicken broth, salt and pepper and bay leaves.
Bring pot to a boil, then turn down heat and let simmer 15-20 minutes until veggies are soft, then bring back up to a boil, add in noodles, and let cook until noodles are soft, about 5-8 minutes.
Remove bay leaves, add thyme and oregano oils. Let flavors meld at soup comes to an eating temperature and serve!
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*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The use of Young Living products in my recipe is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.