But first, let's have a frank conversation about refined carbohydrates and the immune system.
I get that refined carbohydrate foods - like pasta, flour and rice are easy. They are cheap, filling, easy to cook, delicious, versatile, have a long shelf life – and evidently are easy to stockpile should you need to stay at home for a couple of weeks.
But, these foods are also refined carbohydrates, and our bodies convert them into simple sugars during the digestive process. Studies have shown that spikes in sugar – even spikes resulting from eating a big bowl of pasta - suppresses your immune system.
That’s right. Sugar suppresses your immune system. And when your immune system is compromised, you are more likely to get sick. Eating lots of foods high in sugar or refined carbohydrates reduces your body’s ability to ward of disease.
And, the versions of these foods that we eat today are often stripped of nutrients during processing. (That’s why flour then has to be fortified with synthetic versions of the vitamins and minerals lost during the milling process, so that the population does not develop deficiency-related disease.)
So, let’s bring back soup…
Homemade soup is:
You can make up big batches of your favourite soups, and store in the freezer.
Include shitake mushrooms, garlic, onion, leek, ginger, chili or herbs for additional immune-supporting nutrients.
Stock up on veges, legumes meat, (including bones) at the green grocer and the butcher, and you will also be supporting a local small business and farmers.
To get you started, here are 7 nutritious soup recipes for you.
Naturopath, Nutritionist and Herbalist