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When it’s cold outside, nothing tastes better than a steaming-hot bowl of your favorite soup. But what many people don’t realize is that, oftentimes, the ingredients in your soup of choice can help protect you from the latest bug.
This is especially important if you suffer from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) as research has found that your immune system is likely compromised. This puts you at greater risk of developing infections and COPD exacerbations.
So, which soups are as good for your tummy as they are for your immune system and COPD?
Of course, no healthy soup list would be complete without this one soup that has been used for centuries to help people overcome the common cold. But does it really work?
According to a study by the Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Section of the Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska, the answer is yes. After studying broth from the soup, they found that the nutrients in it had anti-inflammatory properties that can help with issues related to the respiratory tract.
The ingredients the researchers used in their chicken soup were chicken, onions, sweet potato, parsnips, turnips, carrots, celery stems, parsley, salt, and pepper. Sounds great to us!
Fish and Vegetable Soup with Lime and Ginger
Fish, ginger, and veggies are all foods that can help reduce mucus production. So, putting them all together in one bowl of yummy soup may help you breathe just a little bit easier if you have COPD.
One particular fish and vegetable soup recipe has earned 3.5 out of 4 forks on Epicurious and 89 percent say that they would make it again. With hints of garlic, ginger, jalapeno, and star anise, it’s sure to please your taste buds as much as it does your body.
Pumpkin is also good for COPD, with Medical News Today reporting that it offers benefits related to asthma, as well as being good for the prevention of heart disease and diabetes.
Though every recipe is slightly different, one offered by Diary of an Ex Sloth includes shallot, garlic, cumin, and chili powder. Yum!
If you or a loved one suffers from a chronic disease like COPD, emphysema, pulmonary fibrosis or other symptoms of lung disease, the Lung Institute offers a variety of cellular treatment options. Contact us today at (800) 729-3065 or fill out the form to see if you qualify for cellular therapy, and find out what cellular therapy could mean for you.
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