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Curing The Flu With Tom Kha Gai

Updated on January 23, 2012
A delicious helping of Tom Kha Gai.
A delicious helping of Tom Kha Gai. | Source

As we approach Midwinter, the spread of cold and flu viruses pose a threat to our enjoyment of the holidays. But I don't think we should rush to get a flu vaccination. Up until fairly recently, most people were aware that herbal remedies can have profound benefits for bodily systems, especially used in certain combinations. The benefits of continued healthy eating habits can make all the difference.

Getting sick was a common occurrence in my years of college, when stress was high and sleep was lacking but lucky for me the local town was a haven for superb Thai food. At our favorite restaurant, the waiter would invariably encourage us to order a large Tom Kha Gai soup if he/she noticed any coughs and sniffles. Tom Kha Gai is a Thai chicken soup with a number of beneficial herbs and ingredients that make it a powerfully effective as well as delectable dish. The soup is based on coconut milk and chicken stock, giving it a soothing effect. It generally includes a hefty helping of lemongrass, chili peppers, mushrooms, coriander, and other herbs in addition to chicken meat. In addition to vitamins and antioxidant effects, many of the ingredients have specifically health benefits to combine into a magically healthful bowl of soup.

Lemongrass: Has antibacterial and antifungal properties.

Coconut Milk: Acts as an immune booster; has anti-bacterial properties

Ginger: Relieves digestion and stomach problems and soothes pain.

Chili Pepper: Because of its benefits to the heart and circulatory system, can boost the effectiveness of other herbs used in combination with it

Coriander: Aids in digestion, reduces swelling and inflammation, aids liver.

With chicken fat and coconut milk to aid in the body's digestion, the ingredients in Tom Kha Gai pull it together into the perfect illness-fighting package.

Feeling the sniffles yourself? You can make the soup easily by following a recipe like this one:


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