If you have a friend suffering from a bad cold or the flu, one of the nicest things you could do for them would be to deliver some wonderful chicken soup.
Dehydration is one of the side effects that can make a person sicker and sipping soup or broth can help with that issue. A study in 2008 tested the effect of hot liquids on cold and flu symptoms and found,
"The hot drink provided immediate and sustained relief from symptoms of runny nose, cough, sneezing, sore throat, chilliness and tiredness, whereas the same drink at room temperature only provided relief from symptoms of runny nose, cough and sneezing. The effects of the drinks are discussed in terms of a placebo effect and physiological effects on salivation and airway secretions. In conclusion the results support the folklore that a hot tasty drink is a beneficial treatment for relief of most symptoms of common cold and flu."
Homemade Chicken Soup
If you're a cook, make some homemade. Here are two of our soup posts:
Update 01.27.13: Here, from JacquelineChurch.com is a great post: Taking Stock: Sze’s Magic Mineral Broth (AKA Antivirus Soup)
Take Out Chicken Soup
If you are a food lover, go to one of your favorite soup spots and order up something as take out.
We would highly recommend a large order of Pho Ga from Pho Basil on Massachusetts Avenue. They pack the components of the soup separately which would allow your friend to have the wonderful pho broth if that's all they want. And, if you are the one who is sick, they deliver!
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Words: Penny & Ed Cherubino
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