Wintertime is already here and we all have to deal with common colds, flu, sinus infections, and excess mucus. Thus, we’re all in the search of the best medicine for these viral infectious diseases. If you’re one of those people, looking for effective natural remedies, keep on reading. Here we show you a recipe for ginger-garlic soup, which can help you beat common colds and flu in no time!
The common cold is one of the most frequent diseases and usually occurs during the winter months. That’s why we associate the symptoms of this viral illness with cold weather. But, low temperatures are not the cause it! As it’s medical classification denotes, the main cause of common colds and flu are viruses.
According to health experts, there are more than 200 different species of viruses, which can cause these diseases. And, since we spend more time in closed and insufficiently ventilated rooms during winter, we support their spread.
These viruses are easily transmitted. All you need is a contact with an already infected person. They are transmitted through the air, sneezing, by sharing cups, eating utensils, and the like.
If you already have a cold or the flu, here’s how you can recognize the symptoms.
– Stuffy or runny nose
– Teary eyes
– Sore throat
– Body aches
– Muscle weakness
– Lack of appetite
These symptoms can last from 7 to 10 days.
What you need to know is that antibiotics cannot help you in this situation. These medications destroy bacteria, not viruses. To fight off the viral infection, you need to strengthen your immunity. And, this is where natural remedies can be of great help!
Drink Plenty Of Fluids
This does not mean that you should only drink tea. Water and fresh fruits are also good. But, soups are excellent!
One might wonder, how does this help in the treatment of common colds, flu, sinus infections, and excess mucus?
The answer is simple. Fluids keep you from dehydrating, moisturize your throat, and make it less sensitive. It’s best if you drink the fluids while still lukewarm, as in this way, they break up the accumulated mucus, clean the nose, and relieve coughing.
Ginger-Garlic Soup Recipe
Ginger root and garlic have powerful antiviral and antibacterial properties. Therefore, they can help reduce mucus production, relieve stuffy nose, and boost your immunity.
For the preparation of this ginger-garlic soup, you’ll need the following ingredients.
– 1 ½ inch fresh ginger root
– 20 garlic cloves
– 3 medium-sized onions
– 3 medium-sized tomatoes
– A pinch of black pepper
– Salt to taste
– A handful of green beans
Peel and clean the ginger root and onions. Roughly chop them, along with the tomatoes, and put them in a cooking pot. Add the garlic and 2 cups of water. Bring the mixture to boiling point. Then cover the pot, reduce to medium heat, and allow it to simmer until the vegetables have softened.
Turn off the stove and allow the soup to cool down. Next, blend the ingredients in a hand blender. If you don’t have one, you can use a food processor or a regular blender.
Return the ginger-garlic soup into the cooking pot, and add the green beans, roughly chopped parsley, black pepper, and salt. Cook for another 6 minutes, until the green beans are tender but still crisp. Serve it hot!
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