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Karla in the kitchen...(FINALLY. ;)

The Medicine in my Fridge. 
 
Feb. 20, 2012 12:55 am 
Updated: Feb. 22, 2012 8:58 am

I love food.

This week has been a wonderfully medicinal time in the kitchen.

We ended up catching a cold this week.

It’s been interesting. Here’s the line up.

Daddy

Mommy ~ Me

Kameo ~ 14 year old

Donavon ~ 12 year old

Jonathan ~ 8 year old

Lynda ~ 9 months old

Lynda got ‘sick’ on Tuesday. Took her in to the clinic. Just a cold. Yay.

Friday, Donavon got sick. Sad face. So, chicken soup it was.

From one of the MANY books I got from the library, “Food ~ Your Miracle Medicine ~ How Food Can Prevent And Cure Over 100 Symptoms and Problems Based on More Than 10,000 Scientific Studies” By Jean Carper

Here’s an excerpt:

Page 338 Chicken Soup, Always Chicken Soup

Says Dr. Ziment, “Chicken, like most protein foods, contains a natural amino acid called cysteine, which is released when you make the soup. Cysteine bears a remarkable chemical similarity to a drug called acetylcysteine, which doctors prescribe for their patients with bronchitis and respiratory infections.” Indeed, acetylcysteine was originally derived from chicken feathers and skin, he notes. Pharmacologically, acetylcysteine, like other mucokinetics, thins down mucus in the lungs, making it easier to expel.

Marvin Sackner, M.D., a pulmonary specialist at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach, agrees. “There’s an aromatic substance in chicken soup…that helps clear your airways.” Dr. Sackner is the author of the famous chicken soup study published in 1978 in the prestigious medical journal Chest. Skeptical that ‘Jewish penicillin’ fought cold symptoms any better than hot water, Dr. Sackner had fifteen healthy men and women sip hot chicken soup, hot water or cold water. Five minutes and thirty minutes later, he measured the rate at which mucus and air flowed through the subjects’ nasal passages.

To Dr. Sackner’s surprise, chicken soup was better at fighting congestion than hot or cold water. Further, even the chicken soupvapors  were superior to those of hot water. Dr. Sackner even thinks cold chicken soup “will help clear the ‘cold in your nose,’ and if the chicken soup is hot and steamy, it will clear it even faster and more efficiently.”

Page 345 OTHER FLU~FIGHTING FOODS

  • Ginger destroys influenza viruses.
  • A substance called lentinan in shiitake mushrooms fights the influenza viruses better than a prescription antiviral drug, according to Japanese tests.
  • Quercetin, concentrated in onions, has antiviral and antibacterial activity.

Dinner: Sauteed onions and shiitake mushrooms, with ginger juice and fresh garlic. Add, LARGE chunks of chicken breast. Simmer, and ENJOY! It was AMAZING! My kids were amazing. They don’t like mushrooms, but they LOVE that I LOVE taking care of them. They ALL ate them, without whining or complaining or making faces. (They were hardly noticeable, BTW…). Dear Daughter said all she had to do was swallow them. She liked the ginger and chicken. Yay! :)

We also made good smoothies this evening:

  • Spinach ~ The good: This food is low in Saturated Fat, and very low in Cholesterol. It is also a good source of Niacin and Zinc, and a very good source of Dietary Fiber, Protein, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin E (Alpha Tocopherol), Vitamin K, Thiamin, Riboflavin, Vitamin B6, Folate, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Copper and Manganese.
  • Kiwi ~ The good: This food is very low in Saturated Fat, Cholesterol and Sodium. It is also a good source of Dietary Fiber, Vitamin E (Alpha Tocopherol), Potassium and Copper, and a very good source of Vitamin C and Vitamin K.
  • Parsley ~ The good: This food is low in Saturated Fat, and very low in Cholesterol. It is also a good source of Protein, Vitamin E (Alpha Tocopherol), Thiamin, Riboflavin, Niacin, Vitamin B6, Pantothenic Acid, Phosphorus and Zinc, and a very good source of Dietary Fiber, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Folate, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Potassium, Copper and Manganese. (Also a very good aid for respiratory health.)
  • Pineapple ~ The good: This food is very low in Saturated Fat, Cholesterol and Sodium. It is also a very good source of Vitamin C and Manganese. (For Blood Type A it’s a HIGHLY BENEFICIAL as a digestive aid)
  • Cucumber ~ The good: This food is very low in Saturated Fat, Cholesterol and Sodium. It is also a good source of Dietary Fiber, Thiamin, Vitamin B6, Folate, Pantothenic Acid, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Copper and Manganese, and a very good source of Vitamin C and Vitamin K.
  • Banana ~ (for the kids)  The good: This food is very low in Saturated Fat, Cholesterol and Sodium. It is also a good source of Dietary Fiber, Vitamin C, Potassium and Manganese, and a very good source of Vitamin B6.
  • Frozen Peach Slices (5) ~ (for me)  The good: This food is very low in Saturated Fat, Cholesterol and Sodium. It is also a good source of Dietary Fiber, Vitamin A, Niacin and Potassium, and a very good source of Vitamin C. (Mine were unsweetened frozen…they don’t have a listing for unsweetened peaches)
It’s been a great week of medicinal cooking and loving on my family. :) I am so blessed that my family LOVES that I take care of them, and nourish them. What a blessing.
What’s new in your kitchen? What’s going on with you?

Be blessed.


 
Comments
Feb. 22, 2012 8:58 am
very interesting. thanks for the good info.
 
 
 
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