On Friday night, I started to feel a little run down. Extra tired. And I know there’s a nasty bug heading around, so I went to work giving my body everything I could to help it fight off the virus. So far, I’m still not sick. Here’s what’s doing the trick (knock on wood and prayers to God):
*Saturday morning I taught a twisty yoga class. Twists are detoxifying.
*After class I got adjusted. If you’re in Denver, check out Discover Health & Wellness!
*I drank a ton of water.
* I upped my Vitamin D to 6000 IUs a day, and started taking an extra tablespoon of elderberry syrup before bed (I take one in the morning through “flu” season
* I drank the magic drink—1 packet tangerine EmergenC with 1 tbsp Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar in a little water.
* I rubbed On-Guard all over the bottom of my feet during the day & before bed (and diluted on Easton’s also)
* I rested as much as I could–no running, only walks outside.
* I made Wellness Soup. I really wanted my carrot-ginger & red lentil stew, but when I started making it, we didn’t have near enough carrots. We had (& you will need):
2 medium parsnips,
4 celery stalks
1 sweet potato
1/2 a yellow onion
4 cups vegetable broth
1 cup water
3 cloves garlic
3 T grated fresh ginger
1 cup red lentils
1 tsp freeze-dried oregano (or fresh if you have it)
1 tsp paprika
Sea Salt & Black pepper to taste ( I love pepper & put even more to serve my soup)
Prep your veggies–peel carrots, parsnips, an sweet potato. Dice them in fairly equal sized cubes. Chop your onion, celery, and garlic.
Saute the garlic (finely chopped), diced onion, & diced celery with a little salt & pepper in a large soup pot. When the aromatics are slightly translucent, add the oregano & paprika, and rest of the veggies and a bout a half cup of water.
Let simmer for 5 minutes and then add in your vegetable broth. Bring to a simmer and add the red lentils. Let simmer a while and add in more salt & pepper to taste. Add in your freshly grated ginger.
When the red lentils & veggies are soft, it’s time to serve.
Why is this Wellness Soup? Root veggies. Ginger. Garlic. Black Pepper. Broth. Carrots are rich in antioxidants–loaded with Vitamin A. Parsnips are high in folate, fiber, Potassium & vitamin C. Sweet potatoes are loaded with anti-inflamatory and antioxidant nutrients. Ginger helps with digestion & is an anti-inflamatory. Garlic is anti-bacterial and anti-viral. Black pepper aids in digestion (like ginger) and helps move toxins through your system.
Make this the next time you’re feeling a little run-down or have been exposed to sick people and follow the regimen above.
Be well everyone!