The donning of my scarf and warm jacket and sight of swimmers with wetsuits is to me a heralding in of the winter months and with them, an awareness that cold and flu season is upon us. Some of my favourite remedies to ward off such ills come in the form of hot brews of herbal infusions. These medicinal herbal teas can not only provide much relief for many cold and flu symptoms but some herbs are actually powerful immune system boosters, helping to destroy the dreaded lurgy even faster.
With the temperature dropping, the cold and flu season has well and truly set in. I have had many poor patients turning up in the last few weeks already suffering with the dreaded common cold. And while a cold or two a year is very normal, please remember that a healthy immune system means you should not be suffering for more than a few days. Cold symptoms lingering for weeks on end is not normal! However, this doesn’t have to be part of your winter.
One of the pleasures of winter is enjoying warming food and on the top of my list is homemade soup – it is easy to make, relatively quick and can double as a hearty dinner and leftovers make a good lunch. All cultures have some type of soup within their cuisine – the variations are numerous and the possibility for creation limitless. Macrobiotic cooking sees soups as strengthening the body’s fluids as well as balancing for meat-centered diets. This is because the water of the soup helps to dilute and predigest proteins and fats in meat.