Why Mom’s Soup Really Does Cures All
Mom’s homemade chicken noodle soup has been the go-to for a lot of us when we get sick. My son asked me why my chicken noodle soup actually makes him feel better because ‘it’s just soup’? I told him it’s a mom’s special touch and love. While I do think that does have something to do with it, I looked it up because I was curious myself and found out that it isn’t just in your mind. It’s not an old wives’ tale. It actually does cure sickness. It has the power to help cure some symptoms of the common cold, flu, and it just gives you that emotional comfort you need when you’re sick.
One of the main reasons mom’s homemade chicken noodle soup helps is because it’s considered a comfort food. It’s full of nutrient-rich ingredients. The chicken in it gives you protein that supports the immune system. The vegetables in the soup, like carrots, celery, and onions add vitamins and minerals, like vitamin A, vitamin C, and antioxidants, that can help the body recover.
When you’re feeling under the weather, staying hydrated is huge for your recovery. Homemade chicken noodle soup helps keep you hydrated because of the broth you use. (I use bone broth as well for the extra benefits like extra electrolytes.) The warmness of the soup soothes a sore throat and helps relieve congestion. The garlic (I use a lot), is an anti-inflammatory, and reducing inflammation makes you feel better overall.
In comes the love and special mom touch. Homemade chicken noodle soup gives you comfort. It’s the warmness and the ingredients that give you a sense of security. Every mom has their own recipe but each one of them includes a touch of love. So next time you feeling a little under the weather grab yourself a bowl of homemade chicken noodle soup.
- 1lb shredded chicken
- 32oz low sodium chicken broth
- 32oz bone broth
- 3tbsp garlic
- 3 celery stocks chopped
- 1 cup carried chopped
- 1 onion diced
- 1 cup noodles of choice (I use egg noodles)
- Salt and Pepper to taste
- 5tbsp Italian seasoning
- 2tbsp olive oil
Saute diced onion and celery in the pot on medium-high heat until translucent. Add garlic and mix until you smell the amazing smell of garlic (just a couple of minutes) Add the chicken, broth, carrots, noodles, salt, pepper, and Italian seasoning and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer for about 20 minutes until noodles and carrots are tender.
Feel better 🙂