According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), each food possesses its own unique properties that can alter the body in one way or another.
Eating foods that fit your needs and your particular set of symptoms helps bring back the balance in your body and it restores the function of all vital organs.
No two people are alike, so listening to your body and its symptoms when choosing your food is of utmost importance.
One of the best things you can do for your health during the cold, winter days is to switch from the fresh, cooling summer foods (like cucumbers, watermelon, and tomatoes), to the warming and nourishing winter foods (like ginger, cinnamon, cumin and all the hearty soups that winter brings).
- Ginger – A Healing Spice
Ginger is one of the most widely used spices in Traditional Chinese Medicine. This healing spice is well known for its ability to warm the body in a very deep way. In addition to this, it can also help reduce cold symptoms.
According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, a cold pattern typically affects individuals who are cold all the time (the ones who are wearing a sweater when everyone else is in t-shirt). These people are characterized by feeling pain during the winter days, particularly in the lower back and knees. They also have frequent urination and often wake up during the night to go pee.
Additionally, they also suffer from looser bowels, often have a drippy nose (especially when they are outside), and their energy levels are very low. These type of people can easily improve their health by drinking dried ginger tea or adding dried ginger to their meals.
Ginger can also be beneficial for those who are suffering from what is called a cold wind pattern – a type of common cold that exhibits more cold signs than hot ones (for example: there are chills but no fever).
NOTE: If you are suffering from a sore throat, thick yellow mucus, or fever, ginger is definitely not your spice. A far better option is to use cooling spices like peppermint.
- Consuming Ginger
Regular consumption of ginger in its fresh/raw form is the best way to get the most of its health benefits. Fresh grated or sliced ginger in hot water with a bit of honey and lemon is a fantastic natural remedy for the treatment of cold symptoms.
Also, the following soup recipe is another natural option that can prevent the onset of a wind-cold invasion (aka the common cold!).
- The Ginger-Garlic Soup That Will Help You Get Rid Of Those Annoying Cold Symptom
- 1-2 inch piece of Fresh Ginger sliced thinly.
- 1-2 garlic cloves peeled and chopped (you can also use a garlic press).
- 4 Green onions sliced into medium sized pieces.
- 6 cups of Chicken bone broth – see below. (Note: you can also use regular chicken stock if you don’t have the time or broth ready).
- For vegetarians, you can find more info below.
- Add ginger, garlic, onions, a small amount of broth, and mushrooms (optional) in a pot and simmer until the ingredients are softened.
- Next, add the rest of the stock and bring to a boil.
- After that, reduce heat to a simmer and cook for 25-30minutes. Sip on broth throughout the day to get the most of its health benefits.
This soup/broth can be stored in the fridge for a few days. You can also add some veggies if you want to make it more of a meal.
- Add in dried or fresh mushrooms like shitake or maitake to provide an extra boost to your energy levels.
- Add in 5 pieces of Astragalus Root to the broth at it is simmering to boost your immune system.
- Organic Chicken Bone Broth
- Organic chicken bones simmered for 24 hours with a tbsp. of ACV (apple cider vinegar).
- Note that you will need about 12 cups of water for one pound of bones.
- When done simmering, skim off the fat and oil on the surface, strain, and store in glass jars or freeze for later use.
- Broth for Vegetarians
You can easily make a vegan “bone broth” using vegetable stock or the ends of your veggies simmered for 8-10 hours and adding things like mushrooms, seaweeds, and miso to increase the nutrient content.
- The Medicine in Your Cup
Ginger: As we mentioned above, ginger is especially good for the treatment of common cold that is characterized with cold signs (chills but not fever). In addition to this, ginger can also help treat nausea and upset stomach.
Garlic: This superfood is best known for its strong antibacterial properties and its ability to boost the immune system. Garlic is commonly used in the Traditional Chinese Medicine to reduce swellings, destroy carcinogens, and strengthen the digestive system.
Green Onion/Scallion: This warm and pungent herb is another ingredient that can help reduce the symptoms of common cold. It can be eaten raw, cooked, combined with ginger to provide strong healing effects.
Astragalus Root: You can easily find this amazing herb at your local market or herbal store. Astragalus Root is best known for its ability to boost the immune system, improve the digestive system, and increase the energy levels.