The ingredients in this soup are super nutritious and a great way to incorporate immune boosting foods and herbs into your diet. Brown rice, contains an abundance of nutrients, including magnesium. Astragalus and shiitake mushrooms in this soup are strong immune boosting herbs. Ginger and onions are anti-microbial. All these ingredients make this soup not only a good food for your immune system but also a great option to eat when you are suffering from a cold or flu. The flavor is pretty neutral. So you can add other herbs and spices if you want to change the flavor. You can also try it by itself or add more vegetables or chicken.
Not to mention about one third of people who are infected remain asymptomatic. You see, if you want to be healthy, it all starts with taking preventive measures. A healthy body will have innate resistance to many bacteria and viruses; if infection occurs, symptoms will be mild, and can be fought off successfully in a short period of time. Therefore, normal functioning of the immune system is critical to our health and resistance to infection, and a strong immune system is the best defense against the cold and flu. Besides, 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.
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure
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The whole idea behind the law of attraction is you attract experiences that match your predominant feelings and beliefs as they stand now. Therefore, regardless of your current circumstances, it is very important to feel good now. A simple and fun way to feel good is by giving and receiving hugs. Research shows that hugging is extremely effective at healing sickness, disease, loneliness, depression, anxiety, and stress. A proper deep hug, where the hearts are pressing together, can instantly boost oxytocin levels, which heal feelings of loneliness, isolation, and anger. Moreover, hugs make us feel warm and fuzzy inside and can also do wonders for our well-being. Why not hug a friend today?
I invite you to do an inventorying your life’s successes. Too often this gets missed, and we forget to recognize what’s gone well. A large part of success is about your state of mind – it’s about having a success mindset and this success mindset requires cultivation. Therefore, focus on what you’ve accomplished, rather than a long overwhelming list of what you’ve still got to do. Celebrate every success, no matter how small the win, by telling yourself ‘I am successful’ or ‘I can succeed because I’ve succeeded before’ you build up your self-belief and success attitude.
Think, as you take your last breaths, what do you want to have done with your life? Then focus your time on those activities or tasks that will take you in that direction. In the end, no one else but you gets to decide what makes your life well lived.
Let's talk about hugs again.. got to love those hugs... Research shows that hugging and also laughter are extremely effective at healing sickness, disease, loneliness, depression, anxiety, and stress. We could live without hugs, but it would be like dying slowly, a little every day. There is a saying by Virginia Satir, a respected family therapist, “We need four hugs a day for survival. We need eight hugs a day for maintenance. We need twelve hugs a day for growth.” Studies show that hugs have a very powerful effect on our brains and help us achieve a state of relaxation and comfort while allowing us to better deal with stress and fear. Therefore, even if not 8, you still need to work on getting your daily dose of hugs. So keep on hugging and spreading the love!
1 apple, cut in quarters away from the core
1 carrot, cut in half
1 stalk of celery, cut in half
1 cup of frozen mango
Juice of 1 lemon
1 small piece of fresh ginger root
1 cup of coconut water
Place ingredients in your high-speed blender. Blend on high for 1-2 minutes, stopping intermittently if ingredients need to be mixed.
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.
Toni is a Holist Health Practitioner (HHP) & Herbalist in San Diego, California. She holds a PhD in psychology, an Herbalist Certificate, an HHP certificate and is a Certified Trainer in the Success Principles. In private practice as a HHP for over 13 years, 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.