Fighting Off Colds and the Flu the Keto Way

My son has gone to bed early for the last three nights. He's been plagued with headaches and an on-again, off-again queasy stomach. Now my husband and daughter are showing signs of something resembling a cold or flu virus.

My guess is all of the added stress from the holidays has compromised our immune systems and opened the door for some nasties to invade our world.

Chicken (Bone) Soup for the Soul

Bring on the chicken soup, otherwise known as bone broth! Yes, it's my favorite thing and I never tire of using it as a secret weapon in my arsenal against illness and to boost the immune system. I use it so much, I even have 2 videos to show you how to make your own.

Bone broth has been around for centuries. There is even an old South American proverb “good broth will resurrect the dead” and I find that to be a pretty fair statement. Whenever any of my family members start complaining of cold or flu-like symptoms, I break it out and make up a big pot of good ol’ fashioned chicken soup.

What makes chicken bone broth different from regular broth?

The big difference is the amount of time the broth is simmered. Bone broth is best cooked for 24 hours and apple cider vinegar is key to unlocking all of the minerals like magnesium, phosphorus, silicon, sulfur along with the breaking down material from the cartilage and tendons. The cartilage is filled with chondroitin sulphates and glucosamine (the stuff that’s good for joints and arthritis). 

The other important thing to remember here is that you want to make sure you have good quality bones. You’ll want to buy organic, pasture raised chickens and bones whenever possible.

Free-range or cage-free aren’t the same thing. It’s just another way to get you to pay more for the same commercial brands.

Preparation is key

After this last weekend of holiday parties, I’m not taking this whole “mysterious virus” stuff lightly. I still have so much to do and such little time to squeeze it all in before Christmas is here. Ain’t nobody got time to go down for the count.

Being prepared has come in handy. Again. I had some bone broth in the freezer, a pack of chicken thighs, a few carrots, celery, parsnips, and various herbs and spices around. All of the ingredients I need for chicken soup. Yay me! 

Soup’s on!