Chicken soup has long been thought of as a treatment for the symptoms of the common cold. In 2000, scientists at the University of Nebraska Medical Centre in Omaha studied the effect of chicken soup on the inflammatory response in vitro. They found that some components of chicken soup inhibit neutrophil migration that may have an anti-inflammatory effect that could temporarily ease the symptoms of illness. The New York Times reviewed the University of Nebraska study in 2007 and concluded that "none of the research is conclusive, and it's not known whether the changes measured in the laboratory really have a meaningful effect on people with cold symptoms." Yet, people over the world continue to swear by the benefits of chicken soup.

Chicken Soup To Replace Antibiotics

If those suffering upper respiratory tract infections from the common cold, a virus or even some bacterial infections turned to a more natural treatment, then the very real problem of misuse of antibiotics would be considerably reduced. And that is a very good thing. Antibiotic-resistant diseases associated with the misuse of these drugs are a growing problem. We are being told not to ask doctors for an antibiotic to treat symptoms of cold and flu, as antibiotics do not work on infections caused by viruses — they only work on bacterial infections. Antibiotic overuse occurs not just in medicine, but also in food production. In fact, agricultural use is a major source of human antibiotic consumption. Animals are often fed antibiotics at low doses for disease prevention and growth promotion and those antibiotics are transferred to you via meat

Instead Here Are Some Natural Treatments And Things To Do

  • Eat chicken soup – even if science cannot decide if it works or not there is certainly evidence that the moist heat from eating this hearty soup will help your symptoms
  • Eating these healthful foods can increase your immune system’s ability to block a virus – fermented vegetables, chutneys, condiments such as salsa and mayonnaise, cultured dairy such as yogurt, kefir and sour cream and fish such as mackerel and Swedish gravlax. The beneficial bacteria in these foods are also potent detoxifiers, capable of drawing out a wide range of toxins and heavy metals. Just a quarter to a half a cup of fermented vegetables or cultured food such as raw yogurt per day is sufficient
  • Oil of oregano is known to be a potent antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, and antiparasitic oil that can reduce pain and inflammation and effectively fight off infections
  • Garlic promotes the well being of the immune systems with antioxidant properties and helps maintain healthy blood circulation. One of garlic's most potent health benefits includes the ability to enhance the body's immune cell activity
  • Echinacea has antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties. It can fight against any sort of microbial infection. It owes its anti pathogenic activities to flavonoids, polysaccharides, phenols, alkylamides and some minerals like copper, potassium, iodine and iron, along with vitamins A, E and C
  • Manuka honey stimulates the immune system and helps the body deal with infections. It also helps with sore throats, colds, indigestion and eye infections
  • Make sure your vitamin D level is optimized year-round along with vitamin K2

Homemade Chicken Soup

1 chicken – preferably organic
10 cups water
1 large onions
5 stalks celery
3 large carrots
Assorted veggies (that are wilting in your fridge)
2-3 T olive oil
1 T soy sauce
1 cup brown rice
Salt and pepper to taste

Put the chicken into a large pot, and cover it with cold water – about ten cups. Bring the water to a boil. Simmer two to three hours. Remove chicken from broth. If there is time refrigerate chicken and broth separately overnight in fridge. The next day the fat will have hardened and can be easily scooped from the top of the broth

Pick the chicken meat from the bones, chop and set aside

Sauté the vegetables – chopped into bite-sized pieces – in the olive oil

Add vegetables, cut up chicken meat, uncooked rice and soy sauce to the broth

Season to taste with salt and pepper

Simmer for one hour

Can chicken soup really relieve the symptoms of a cold?

Yes. The hot vapor expands your airways and that helps to clear mucus from the nasal cavity. Plus researchers noted that chicken soup has an anti-inflammatory effect that may soothe a sore throat. This will also help your immune system recover faster and shorten the length of your symptoms.

A Healthy Immune System Is Always Your Best Bet

When the cold and flu season is in high gear your best defense is a healthy immune system. Make this your number one priority all year long – get plenty of rest, eat a variety of fresh vegetables and fruit, exercise and wash hands frequently!