We all can use some extra immune support for our immune system now and then, and the first thing that always comes to mind when we are feeling under the weather is chicken noodle soup.
Well, guys, this recipe we have for you today is nothing like your average chicken noodle soup. It’s a supercharged, viral slayer, it’s not only super tasty and delicious but has everything that your immune system needs for extra support.
Before we get started talking all about how to support your immune system, I need to introduce someone to you.
For this post, I partnered up with a dear friend and nutritionist, Chelsie Moore, with Moore Integrative Health. Chelsie has a Master’s of Science degree in Clinical Nutrition and Integrative Health with an emphasis in Sports Nutrition, Nutritional Psychology, and Chronic Disease.
We collaborated with this post with Chelsie’s amazing knowledge of her education and my recipe development skills.
I don’t know about you guys, but I’ve had immunity on my mind this past couple of weeks. My heart goes out to the families of those who have been affected by the recent events occurring globally. I have felt a nagging urge to share some of my knowledge on the topic of immune system health in the hopes of supporting anyone wanting to take some extra precautionary measures to strengthen their immune systems. So without further ado…
A working immune system does a good job of keeping viruses manageable, which is why the majority of the population can fight off most viruses. The impairment of the immune system, however, is an open invitation for a viral party.
Anti-biotics, corticosteroids, glucocorticoids, and other immunosuppressant medications can definitely trigger viral activity over time (1). General aging, stress, substance abuse, alcohol intake, poor diet, micronutrient deficiencies, and over-exercising plays a role. And unfortunately, autoimmunity and other chronic disease conditions can weaken the immune system.
There are many surprisingly simple ways that you can support your immune system strength immediately and from the comfort of your own home.
For one, I cannot stress enough the importance of making vegetables, fruits, and REAL food the biggest part of your diet. This means avoiding foods that are processed and in packaging (i.e. pasta, crackers, snack foods, breads). By focusing on whole foods, you’re consuming foods that are the richest in anti-viral nutrients as well as healthy pre-biotic fibers to support a healthy microbiome (I’ll speak more to your microbiome’s role in supporting your immune system in a minute). My biggest tip here is to diversify your fruit and vegetable intake as they all have different nutrient content. Eat the rainbow; try to get different colors every time you shop. Just eating iceberg lettuce will not get the job done.
Two, MANAGE YOUR STRESS LEVELS. I know that you know the textbook definitely of relaxation, but I also know that you don’t know how to apply that into your life. Start trying harder. Yoga, meditation, reading, saying no to new work projects, taking every opportunity for a day off, all can make a difference in the strength of your immune system.
Three, create a healthy environment for your microbiome to flourish. The majority of your immune system is in your gut. Yes, that is what I said. THE MAJORITY OF YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM EXISTS RIGHT IN YOUR GUT. By cutting sugar out, reducing alcohol intake, avoiding antibiotics when possible, consuming plenty of pre-biotic fiber, AND taking a quality probiotic with diverse strains of bacteria in it, you are giving your immune system a big hug.
And lastly, botanicals and nutraceuticals can come in handy for an extra boost. Here, quality and quantity can make or break their effectiveness. Below are my go-to’s in this category:
Another piece of great news is, Amy and I have created a recipe to knock your socks off (in a good way, I promise), that contains all of these nutrients and more. But before I share the recipe, let me explain what is in this beast and why:
So without further ado, I present to you THE VIRAL SLAYER. And yes, this recipe seems a bit discouraging, but it’s well worth the time and energy, trust me.
The content of this post was written by Chelsie Moore of Moore Integrative. To check out Chelsie’s fantastic work, visit her website here.
*Please note that this is NOT a cure, remedy, or a treatment for any specific virus, including COVID-19. These are recommendations for supporting you in building a healthy immune system, so that your body can better support and defend your cells from the invasion of viruses.
Want to do a soup and salad night? Here is a great salad recipe to accompany your immune-boosting chicken noodle soup. Check out the recipe here.