Health Benefits of Chicken Soup: Why We Eat Chicken Soup When We're Sick by Joy Stephenson-Laws JD
You might have heard from your mom that chicken soup is therapeutic. And she was right. Chicken soup has been widely popular in Chinese and Jewish cultures. It is even referred to as “Jewish penicillin” for its anti-pathogen and immunity boosting properties.
Now, there is more evidence which breaks down all of the magical ingredients and benefits in a bowl of chicken soup. These include:
- Hydration: Due to vomiting, loss of appetite and diarrhea, dehydration is unfortunately a common side effect of being sick. Bone broth-based soups like chicken soup are soothing, hydrating, nutrient-dense and are said to boost the immune system.
- Salt and Taste: Sodium and other seasonings in chicken soup may help awaken those dull taste buds you often get when you are sick with a cold. As a result, sodium may be great at increasing your appetite when you are sick, and eating healthily while sick is important for increasing strength and preventing nutritional deficiencies.
So, take the time to whip up some chicken soup at home when your kid or spouse is not feeling too well. Add spices and herbs like garlic, turmeric, ginger, cayenne and black pepper.
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