You have all been through the boring cold or flu. No need to describe the miserable symptoms. They are common especially in the winter time and it depends on your immunity strength how many times you have suffered the running nose, a cough or fever. Noroviruses on the other hand are as well usual throughout the year, but especially in the winter period. They usually cause gastroenteritis and are known as stomach virus. The symptoms are vomiting, nausea, diarrhea. Closely the condition looks like food poisoning, and the trigger are these viruses which can be caught in crowded places, on food or surface etc.
Luckily, it is well known that one of the almightiest antibacterial and antiviral weapons is undoubtedly the garlic. It is packed with the potent ingredient called alliin, which becomes allicin when the garlic is crushed. In this way it ensures treating and preventing many health issues such as high level of cholesterol, high pressure, cough, flu and common cold. In addition, garlic in combination with ginger makes it easy to defeat even the norovirus. Some studies recently, suggest that garlic is a dozen times more powerful compared to the pharmaceutical antibiotics and appears as a winner in the fight with numerous health issues. Thus, it is already proven through many studies that in addition to the lowering of high blood pressure, it also can help stopping the atherosclerosis if used regularly in the diet. Moreover, garlic can help in the cases of severe diarrhea and stomach and digestion problems. I can be used to kill germs in the mouth, stops teeth decay and help resolve many gum issues just by gargling with it. It is also proven to be potent in detoxification as well in deterioration of the cancer cells growth. When it comes to the effective fight of viruses and bacteria, one must mention the garlic’s antifungal capabilities as well. Therefore we can conclude that using garlic on a daily basis will boost the immune system for sure.
It is no wonder that due to its powers garlic has always been known as a medicine. It has been used since the early beginnings of medicine in the ancient times. In ancient papyrus records from the Ancient Egypt, the use of garlic has been documented at least for treating a couple of dozen health issues including in order to get more strength and stamina. In Ancient Greece, people would eat it on bread in combination with olive oil, which is also well known for its health benefits. In this way it is proven even nowadays that the flu can be reduced at least to a day minus if not completely. In addition, they used it to treat bug bites, a variety of infections as well as leprosy and blood issues. Ancient Rome has known the potency of garlic as well. They would give it to their soldiers and rowers so that they can have more stamina. They also would put garlic on wounds to stop various infections. In Russian medical treatments, garlic has also regularly been used as a natural antibiotic. Even Luis Pasteur, the one who discovered penicillin in its natural form, confirmed that bacteria is killed as soon as it gets in touch with garlic.
Another powerful ingredient is surely ginger
There are several health benefits which are offered when using ginger. It helps to relief the bloating stomach feeling, decreases the gasses in the gastrointestinal tract and regulates the common digestion issues like stomach pain, vomiting urge, nausea etc. Moreover ginger regulates the excrement being it diarrhea or obstipation. As to the cholesterol levels, ginger as well helps regulate cholesterol levels and other heart disease factors. What is more, if taken regularly, ginger is proven to be as effective as the anti-cholesterol drugs known as statins. Due to the antiviral, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant features, the ginger helps boosting the immunity. It helps the immune system of the organism. Therefore, a regular use of ginger on a daily basis, especially during the cold and flu season will prevent and fight the symptoms or further worsening of the condition.
Nowadays all these features of garlic and ginger are proven and confirmed by many studies and research. However, pharmaceutical industries appear to be not interested in patenting nature. After all, the profit would be much lower if you replace pharmaceutical products with natural.
Hence, following all these acknowledgements, we recommend you to try out the following garlic and ginger soup recipe in order to prevent or cure all the above mentioned conditions. It will keep you warm and healthy in the cold winter days.
First you have to know how to cook these ingredients
The processing is very important so that they do not lose their healing properties. Garlic is best if used in two ways; raw or baked. Ginger on the other hand is most effective when steamed or powdered.
For the garlic-ginger soup you need the following ingredients:
- A dozen garlic cloves
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 26 garlic cloves
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 2 tbsp butter
- add 1 and ¼ cups of sliced onions
- ¼ cup coconut milk
- ¼ cup ginger
- ¼ tsp cayenne pepper
- ½ tsp thyme
- 2 cups of vegetable broth
- ¼ cup lemon or lime juice
Put the garlic cloves into a baking pan, add a pinch of salt and cover it with foil. Put the pan into a pre-heated oven. You need to bake them until they get tender and brown. You need about 45 minutes. Then you let them cool. After they are cold you need peel and smash the garlic cloves.
In another pan the butter is melted and onions, ginger, cayenne pepper and thyme are added. After nearly 6 minutes of cooking, add the pre-baked garlic cloves and continue cooking for 3 more minutes. Next, add the vegetable broth and put the lid on so that it can simmer for nearly 20 minutes. Finally, put it all in the blender and add coconut milk. Give it a simmer once more and add the salt and pepper.
It is recommended that this soup is prepared a day before the consummation. It should be stored in a fridge, and reheated before serving. Adding a lemon or lime juice will give it a better taste!