Building Your Immunity with Soup

I find that being a mom you are always short on time. I spend the whole day taking care of the kids but near the end of the day, I have no idea what I did all day. I know I was busy but at the same time, I felt like I have done nothing all day. I have a todo list the only thing I accomplish is one thing on my list. When I was little my Mom would always make me Chinese soup; she would make it weekly. I learned that early on when I was growing up weekly soup helps to build up your immunity. There are times when your health is not the best or when you are exhausted. There is always a soup for whatever condition you are in. Having soup regularly, I did get sick very little, I do find that when I get sick it did not take me too long to recover from my cold. Now, I find I have very little time to make Chinese soup for my family. With Chinese soup, it is best to cook the soup for four to five hours. However, I am not all the time with taking the kids to school and activities I know I had to think of another way. I use my crockpot to make soup. I can use the soup to make noodle soup or to cook with something else like soup stock. It seems like sometimes we just need to make things happen but alternately.

     Chop all the ingredients.

 

Recipe:

2 Chicken breast                                              3 onion

2 stalk celery                                                     2 carrot

1/2 bunch parsley                                             1 tsp thyme

3 slice ginger                                                       whole chicken bone

1/2 pot water

  1. Add all the ingredients. Add the water.
  2. Cook for 10 hours.               s

Finished soup

Nourishing Apple Drink for Winter Dryness

These couple of weeks it has been quite cold. It snowed last week close to Christmas day. Most of the snow melted away but it is still quite cold. My son had a runny nose for a whole week; I tried bundling him up but he still has a runny nose. This could be due to the chilly weather rather than a cold or it could be a cold. Then, on Thursday his cold turn into a bad cough. He was coughing non stop it was getting really bad. My Mom made him a Chinese home remedy apple drink. My mom would always make this drink for me when I was little. 

apple for cold remedy
apple for cold remedy

My mom would always make this drink for me when I was little. The drink is very nourishing for the throat.  It is great for a sore throat, allergy, irritated throat or swollen throat. This beverage would help in the winter time when you turn on the heater and have dry throat especially after you wake up in the morning. It can be taken when you are not sick. Great for itchy or dry cough. This remedy helps to clear heat, prevent dehydration, sooth lung, moisten lung, cool the heart since Chinese remedy is all about balancing the yin and yang. You would need two apple, two pear, and two to three dried figs.

fig for cold remedy
fig. Photo by Weronika Marcińczyk on Unsplash

Boil a half pot of water. Peel the skin off apple and pear. Then, cut the apple and pear into slices. Once the water boils. Add apple, pear, and dried figs. Cook for three hours on medium heat. This can be served hot. My Mom gave some of the apple remedies to my son. My son really liked it because it is sweet. It really reduces the amount coughing. After two days he wasn’t coughing as much and seems to be getting much better.

Mom Burnt Out

I find that it is easy to for a Mom to feel exhausted or burnt out when all our focus is on the children and your husband. There are many times where I keep on going because you just have to, it is your role. Your family relies on you or who would do it if I am not going to do it. Or, they just expect you to do it. It is tough to keep on going by yourself. You might need some help. I tried some supplements that really helped me out. These supplements are safe for breastfeeding mothers as well. I am breastfeeding my son I do worried that it would harm him if I am not careful with what I take. I take brewer’s yeast which has multiple benefits. Brewer’s yeast is a fungus. It is an ingredient used to make beer and ale. This product is rich in the supply of protein and has B complex vitamin and mineral that stimulates the immune system. If you are breast feeding it helps to increase milk supply. This supplement has iron and helps to increase energy level; it helps to elevate energy level which always helps when you are taking care of little children. Brewer’s yeast combat fatigue and fights off baby blues that can affect Moms. The other supplements that really help with my mood and well being are Sea licious baby and me vitamin. It contains omega 3, DHA, Vitamin D3 that is great for energy, immunity and brain function. When I am exhausted I know it can affect memory, energy and function. This supplement is great; it has no fishy aftertaste. Not only does this supplement help with the brain health it helps your eyes as well. The person who came up with this brand of supplement is a nutritionist who understands what a Mother would need for their health.

Fatigue and Exhaustion

My husband works a lot; there are days where he works long hours and some late nights. I know he needs some extra help with his energy level. What I usually make for him on these days where he needs some extra nutrient is a three herb drink: ginseng, goji berry, and longan. It does not taste bitter or have a horrible aftertaste, so I know he would drink this. No one wants to drink something they want to end up throwing up. Goji berry help with his eyesight when he is constantly on his computer. Goji berry or wolfberry a fruit of Lycium barbarum or Lycium Chinese which helps to boost the immune system, brain activity, protect against heart disease, cancer, and improves life expectancy. Also, the goji berry has vitamin C, Vitamin A, iron, selenium, and antioxidant benefits. Many use this fruit to treat eye, liver, and kidney ailments. This berry has a slightly sweet and sour taste. Longan is a juicy, sweet, and it has a pulp texture. This fruit is named round black shiny seed with a white protuberant umbilici that looks like eyes of a legendary Dragon. The extract of the longan fruit promotes growth and physical fitness. It is a tonic for someone who needs a little help. It also helps with anti-aging. It protects blood vessel and prevents the hardening of arteries. Lastly, ginsing Chinese refer as ‘yellow spirit’ ‘magic herb’ king of herbs’ is a herb which has miraculous power. Ginseng helps with exhaustion. How I make the drink is by taking 4 goji berry, 1 ginseng, 3 longan and add to boiling water. Let if sit for a couple of minutes. Throw the water away to clean it. Then, start over pour boiling water into a cup with three herbs. Let if sit for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, it is ready. You can make 2-3 cups.

 

lemon vinegar to Improve your health

Caroline A

In Chinese culture, we are known to drink vinegar on a regular basis to improve our health. Vinegar has many benefits such as to treat many ailments, improve blood sugar level, and lower cholesterol. Chinese use black vinegar which is used in our everyday cooking from dips for dumplings to marinade for meat and sauce mixture for stew. Black vinegar is made from fermenting unpolish rice, wheat, and millet.  Black vinegar gets fermented for one to three years. During the fermenting process, the black vinegar darkens in color, smell, taste, and the nutritional content greatly improves. Chinese knows the benefit of vinegar so Chinese made vinegar beverage so we can drink it regularly. With that in mind, I wanted to help improve my children’s immunity. I bought a bottle of lemon vinegar from Pricesmart Metrotown location in the beverage session. I gave a teaspoon of vinegar in a small glass jar and add two to three teaspoon of water. Then, I would stir to mix the content. In the beginning, I added more water if my children could not tolerate how strong the taste would be for them. I gave the lemon vinegar to my children almost every day. I noticed my daughter didn’t catch a cold as easily from other children who were sick. And she was around the other the children every day. My daughter also has a tendency to suck on finger regularly so it is hard to prevent her from picking up germs or cold from others. Vinegar does help to strengthen immunity and it helps to prevent cold as well. There are four types of rice vinegar: black rice vinegar, red rice vinegar, and white rice vinegar. Black rice vinegar has a smokey flavor, while the red rice vinegar is tart and sweet. The white rice vinegar less sweet and has a hint of sweetness.

lemon essential oil

Lately, my Son has been getting sick. He would pick it up from his Sister, it is tough he tends to put everything in his mouth because he is teething. He seems to be catching everything from his Sister. I try washing or cleaning his hands often but sometimes he is faster than me. I try keeping things clean by wiping things down often. Whenever, he gets a cold he gets a runny nose and then coughing. His nose gets really congested so I usually plug in the humidifier during his nap or his long sleep to help with his breathing. I bought an essential oil diffuser from Saje. It is a two in one a humidifier and an essential oil diffuser. It would help to improve my son’s breathing while he is sick or he couldn’t sleep very well. I want him to sleep so he would get better. it does help to speed up the recover as well. I would fill the dispenser with water and two drops of lemon. Lemon essential oil has antibacterial properties.

cold remedy

When my daughter was two she tends to get sick a lot. I don’t know if this was due to her not drinking breastmilk anymore or it is part of being a kid. I tried all sort of remedies to help strengthen her immunity. When I was little my Parents would always make me lemon water whenever I was not feeling well, it was nice. A nice hot beverage. I made her lemon water. What I usually do is to take a lemon and cut it in half. I would save the other half for next time. The half I take I would slice it into three pieces, then I would add honey with hot water. I let it sit then give it to my daughter. She liked it because the water was more flavored with lemon. It also helps to increase her vitamin C in her system. If she has a cold like a cough or a sore throat, the honey would nourish her throat.