When it comes to fighting off the common cold, turns out, traditional wisdom isn’t just folklore, it actually works! There are a variety of scientific reasons grandma’s home cures actually help you boost your immune system, heal nasty viruses, and stave off the seasonal sniffles. The best part? A bowl of chicken noodle soup holds many powerful benefits, all available in one spoonful!
We’ve pulled together our best recipe for Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup , which makes it easy to start doing all five of these Grandma-approved remedies. Grab a pot, stick in some chicken, and get ready to soup yourself back to health!
Coconut Oil. Our homemade chicken noodle soup is made with coconut oil, which contains lauric acid–a natural anti-bacterial agent, which can help your body fight off sickness, and can bolster your immune system to keep you strong against illness. Stir up to 3 tablespoons of coconut oil into coffee or tea, as well, to really boost your immune response.
Push the Liquids. Keeping your body hydrated makes it so your system can work properly. A bowl of chicken noodle soup naturally provides some electrolyte-packed broth, but you’ll want to wash it down with a cup of hot lemon tea or water, to make sure your body has enough water to wash the germs away!
Broth is Best. Researchers at the University of Nebraska discovered homemade broth actually cuts mucous production, meaning chicken soup isn’t just good for the soul, it’s a powerful way to stop the sniffles!
Let Yourself Rest. The warmth of a bowl of soup sitting in your belly makes it easy for many people to fall asleep. Let that natural instinct set in, your body is able to heal itself best when it’s getting enough rest!
Believe In the Bowl. Many doctors believe Chicken Soup does a body good because the brain believes it does a body good. This psychosomatic response is essentially a placebo effect, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t work! Feeling comforted, believing you’re eating something that will help you feel better, and taking time to consume something you consider healing can do your mind–and body–a world of good!