As winter approaches we remind patients of several important natural remedies that will boost their immune systems, combat bacteria and viruses, aid digestion and relieve inflammation. The remedies below can easily be made at home with simple, easy to source all natural ingredients. Whenever possible buy organic whole foods, not packaged or processed.
We've included links to some helpful videos so you can quickly learn how to be your own doctor for yourself and your family.
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Enoy these warming recipes!
Fresh Ginger Tea
The healing benefits of ginger tea were first found thousands of years ago in the ancient medical sciences of China and India. Today modern science confirms the benefits of this powerful but tasty tea that has:
- Anti-inflammatory and antioxidant actions
- Detoxifying and mucus-clearing capacity
- Ability to interfere with the biosynthesis of cholesterol and reduce LDL cholesterol oxidation
- Capacity to inhibit platelet clumping and blood clots
- Actions that make it an effective agent against ovarian cancer cells
- Anti-nausea properties
- Ability to prevent headaches and reduce arthritis pain
- Ability to act as an immune booster
Ginger tea is excellent all year around but it’s especially welcome in the cold and flu season as it warms the body, boosts immunity, clears mucus and is invigorating. In this video, I’ll show you how I make ginger tea. The recipe is also below.
Serves 3 cups:
- Choose a healthy-looking, plump fresh ginger root in the produce section
- Wash, dry and peel the root (as necessary).
- Chop up or grate 3 tablespoons of ginger for 3 cups of tea (Ratio: 1 tablespoon per cup). Put the ginger in a sauce pan.
- Bring water to a boil in separate pan or kettle and pour into sauce pan over the grated ginger root.
- Cover and simmer for 10-15 minutes.
- Strain the tea and add honey to taste.
If you have a cold or the flu, it’s good to also add lemon — a tablespoon or two of fresh-squeezed lemon juice per cup of hot tea.
Vegan Miso Tofu Soup Recipe
- 3 Cups Water 1 Cup Vegetable Broth - boil 3-5 minutes
- 1/4 cup hydrated Seaweed to see how watch: https://youtu.be/zFg4TefV8I8 - boil 3-5 minutes
- 1/3 cup Miso Paste - add the miso, mix until dissolved.
- Add the tofu before serving. Garnish with chopped green onions
- 1/4 cup diced Tofu Green Onions for Garnish
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- 1 teaspoon nutritional yeast
- 1/4 teaspoon turmeric
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1/4 teaspoon paprika
- 1 tablespoon water
- Pinch sea salt
- 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
- Olive oil spray
- 1 scallion, finely diced
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1/2 package firm tofu, very well drained
- 1 tablespoon very finely chopped parsley
- In a small bowl, mix together nutritonal yeast, turmeric, cumin, paprika, water, salt, and pepper. Set aside.
- Mist a frying pan with olive oil and place it over medium heat. Once hot, add scallion and garlic, and saute until fragrant, about 2 minutes.
- Crumble tofu into the pan, breaking it up with your fingers. Pour seasoning over tofu and mix well, trying to color as much tofu as possible. Cook for 2 minutes or until tofu is hot throughout.
- Toss in parsley and continue to stir for another 1 to 2 minutes.
- Once cooked, serve with favorite sides and toppings, such as sliced avocado, whole-grain crackers or toast, sliced tomato, bacon (regular or meat-free), salsa, and/or hot sauce.
References and more info:
Chandra, Satyesh and Anita Pakrashi, Ginger: A Versatile Healing Herb, Vedams ebooks (P), Ltd. Jan 1, 2003; Grzanna, R. Et al.2005, Ginger—an herbal medicinal product with broad anti-inflammatory actions. J Med Foods. Summer; 8(2):125-32.