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120. REPOST: Slow cooker soup recipes

when you get enough time and energy, build on your soup repertoire with crockpost soups

when you get enough time and energy, build on your soup repertoire with crockpost soups

What to eat to boost your immune system? Canned soup is are a good start —  fine and healthy for convenience, but these recipes are probably tastier!

For when you have a bit of energy, and can plan ahead, some recipes that sound delicious. Slow cooking often brings out the best flavors in food and is rather easy to do, you just have to put all the ingredients in and click the button 6-8 hours ahead of time, or the night before.  And the whole house will smell yummy all day.Here is a link and descriptions.

 

REPOST from Spark People’s weight loss website

 

 

Slow Cooker Soups for Winter

By: Samantha Donohue : 1/1/2013 6:00 PM     25 comments : 27,236 Views

Welcome in the new year with these winter slow cooker soup recipes. As a busy mother, wife and writer, I have to plan ahead if I’m going to achieve my health goals. When I utilize my slow cooker, I’m able to quickly and easily prepare family meals. These hearty soup recipes will warm you on a cold night and support you nutritionally too. Begin 2013 on a strong note with these soup recipes.

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Northern Bean and Spinach Soup: This hearty soup is perfect for when there is a chill in the air, and you want dinner waiting for you as you walk in the door.

CALORIES: 216.5  |  FAT: 7.4g  |  PROTEIN: 18.4g  |  CARBS: 33.2g  |  FIBER: 16.2g

 

Slow Cooker Cream of Chicken and Rice Soup:  Ditch the condensed “cream of whatever” soups and make this instead. You only need 10 minutes of hands-on cooking time for a filling yet light bowl of comforting soup.

CALORIES: 172.3  |  FAT: 1.8g  |  PROTEIN: 21.3g  |  CARBS: 13.8g  |  FIBER: 1.7g

 

Buffalo Chicken Soup:  Did you know that just three buffalo wings have 10 grams of fat? (Who eats just three?) This soup has all the spice, creaminess, and tang you crave–with a fraction of the fat.

CALORIES: 113.2  |  FAT: 1.5g  |  PROTEIN: 16.3g  |  CARBS: 8.1g  |  FIBER: 1.9g

 

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115. Can you help your immune system fight off a Common Cold?

Yes!

which of these ingredients helps "boost your immune system"

which of these ingredients helps “boost your immune system”

The standard advice now found on most blogs is that “a cold must run its course, there is nothing you can do.

And your immune systemmust fight it off.

But Most people do not understand what an immune system is. Or where it is.

Is it a magical gland in your brain, that just needs a particular ingredient to goose it?

Well, sort of, your immune system is actually a whole variety of responses that you body does when it senses invading viruses and illnesses in your body.

So when many people hear about it, they don’t know how to “boost” it. So when you walk into CVS pharmacy and see pretty colorful boxes that say “Boosts your immune system” that sounds helpful, right?

Kind of like when you order that purple smoothie at Jamba Juice and they offer you a variety of “boosts” little jiggers of powder, protein powder, matcha green tea powder, all nice and colorful.

And people do feel good when they take a nice colorful pill that has colorful cartoon characters on it and feel the pill “boosted” their immune system.

In a recent medical study, cold sufferers were given pills and told they were Echinacea pills that would supposedly boost their immune system. Some patients believed that Echinacea would help them, others did not believe it would. Result is that the patients who believed in the power of teh pill actually did feel better, but the doubting patients did not. So it was the power of their mind that made them actually feel better, not the pill itself.

Placebo effect is verrrrrrrrrry strong.

 

But however weak or strong your immune system is, it can make a big difference whether you help your immune system or not. It can make the difference between a cold lasting 1-2 days, or dragging on for weeks, even months.

And it starts with understanding how the cold virus works.

For the best ways to do so, please download my free Summary chart on this website, or the extended version with lots more advice, (for less than the price of one bottle of
boosts your immune system” pills.

And it works MUCH better.

96. REPOST: Hospital announces beginnning of RSV season

Flu season has begun in Porterville, California (Central Valley, north of Bakersfield) recommendations: continual hand washing and disposable tissues  (as usual, no mention of warmth & steam)

flu season has begun in Porterville, CA hospital recommending precautions.

December 14, 2012 9:50 PM

 Hospital announces beginnning of RSV season

recorder@portervillerecorder.com

Sierra View District has had two cases of respiratory syncytial virus in the past couple of weeks and Tuesday officially announced the beginning of the RSV season at the hospital.
RSV is a common virus that causes cold symptoms in adults and children. It is more commonly referred to as the flu.

Though most healthy adults and children will experience nothing more than an infection resembling a common cold, infants and kids with pre-existing medical conditions can experience severe and potentially life-threatening complications from RSV.

Though there is no known cure for viruses like the common cold and RSV, over-the-counter medicines are proven to be temporarily effective in suppressing symptoms.

RSV is spread through contact, much like the common cold. An infected person sneezing or coughing can spread the virus through the air, and RSV can also survive for several hours on surfaces like a desktop, doorknob or telephone.

During the season, visiting children under age 13 will not be permitted on any of the hospital’s inpatient units — except for the Distinct Part Skilled Nursing Facility — until further notice. Children requiring hospitalization will continue their normal course of care. The restriction on visitors under 13 will be in effect for the duration of the RSV season, which can last through the winter until early spring, depending on the number of RSV cases seen.

The most effective way to prevent RSV is through continual and thorough hand washing.

Always wash with soap and water or disinfect with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer before touching a baby. Also, remember to routinely clean household surfaces to keep them as germ-free as possible. If possible, try to avoid crowded places like malls and movie theaters, where the virus can quickly spread from person to person. When experiencing cold-like symptoms, always use a tissue when coughing or sneezing, immediately dispose of it properly, then wash hands thoroughly to prevent spreading the virus.