When You’re Not Feeling Well

7 Apr

by Green Gourmet L

I work with kids and try to wash my hands as much as possible. But sometimes, it’s inevitable- a kid sneezes in my face. And then it’s just a matter of time before the sickness sets in. And I don’t just get a cold…when I get sick, I get REALLY sick. Last year was pneumonia, this year (as of last night) it’s strep. So I’m at home with my penicillin and my ice cream.

There are two things I always do whenever I come down with something: Healing Broth and Kefir. The broth is made with organic veggies (whatever you have on hand) and filtered/bottled water. Here’s the basic way to put it together.

Healing Broth

  • 10 cups of filtered water
  • 6 cups of chopped organic vegetables (potato, leafy greens, onion, fennel, carrots, celery, etc)
  • Fresh or dried herbs and spices (bay leaf, oregano, fennel, ginger, pepper)

Put all ingredients into a large pot. Bring to a boil and then simmer uncovered for at least 4 hours. Drain and save the liquid. Cool completely and store in the fridge. I usually drink about 5-6 cups a day, it has a very warming affect.

Kefir

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Kefir is a fermented milk drink that has a sour effervescence to it (think buttermilk/yogurt drink). It is made from grains that are added to milk (cow, goat, sheep, soy, rice, coconut) and then left at room temperature to ferment. You can find it at most grocery stores now and in many different flavors. The nice thing about kefir is that it contains even more probiotics than yogurt, which helps with GI heath, immune function, and overall energy. It’s also important to take probiotics to add healthy bacteria back into your body when the penicillin is killing the bad bacteria.

With these two strategies, you’ll be on the mend in no time. Feel better soon and don’t forget you read about it on Green Gourmets!

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One Response to “When You’re Not Feeling Well”

  1. Jen @ keepitsimplefoods April 18, 2011 at 4:30 PM #

    Sorry to hear you’re not feeling well. These remedies sound great! Love the broth especially!

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