Boost Your Immunity + African Curried Coconut Soup

With cold and flu season upon us, we do what we can to keep the fevers and sniffles at bay. No doubt, diet helps. There are a lot of experts out there (I am not one of them) and they all tend to agree that protein, zinc, healthy fats, and Vitamins A, C, and E play a key role in building our immunity to cold and flu bugs.

One of my favorite immunity boosters is coconut oil. I used to avoid it based on its high fat content, but no longer. The plant-based saturated fat found in coconut oil comes in the form of medium chain fatty acids, which immediately go to work for you with their anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-macrobial properties.

Coconut oil can be substituted for vegetable oil in your everyday cooking. Start by trying this African Curried Coconut Soup. It’s delicious. Note: this recipe calls for cooked brown rice. Here is a primer for cooking gluten-free grains including brown rice, wild rice, quinoa, kasha, and polenta.

Another favorite immunity booster is garlic. It has exceptional anti-fungal and anti-viral properties. Also high on my list are sweet potatoes (for Vitamin A); salmon, tuna, flax oil (for omega-3 fatty acids); yogurt (for live cultures); and, oysters, beef, pork, poultry, milk (for protein and zinc). Of course, it’s important to eat a variety of fruits and vegetables. I find it harder to do this time of year, but consider it a challenge well worth the effort.

By the way, “experts” also agree that there are certain foods that sabotage our immune systems including alcohol, sugar, and unhealthy fats. No surprises there. As always, all things in moderation – and good health!

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6 Responses to Boost Your Immunity + African Curried Coconut Soup

  1. pandamonium October 22, 2009 at 12:39 pm #

    The African Curried Coconut Soup was great–starting with the hints wafting through the house, to tiny amount of left-over we put away to the immediate plans to make it for an honored guest coming soon. Great textures, great mysterious combination of flavors, great to look at in the pot and in the overflowing soup bowls!!!

  2. chezdesblog October 22, 2009 at 2:28 pm #

    I am so glad you liked it!

  3. Shana November 7, 2009 at 10:09 pm #

    I’m intrigued to hear that you give the thumbs-up to coconut oil. Living in the Philippines, where coconuts are plentiful, I’ve read a lot of the “hype” about the health benefits of coconut oil, as well as the counter-arguments about its fat content/type. How much coconut oil do you think is a good amount to include in a healthy diet?

    • chezdesblog November 8, 2009 at 2:41 pm #

      My point is simply that all saturated fats are not created equal. Coconut oil has beneficial qualities and it’s a valuable fat to add to your diet in small quantities. How much to add to your diet? Well, I’ll save that one for the dieticians. In the meantime, I enjoy it as a substitute for canola oil or in solid form as a substitute for shortening.

  4. Ada Homan February 2, 2010 at 5:51 pm #

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    • chezdesblog February 3, 2010 at 12:23 am #

      Hi there. I don’t block any comments. They come to me via my blog platform, WordPress.

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