Self-Care Challenge (Day 145): Making Chicken Noodle Soup

chicken noodle soupWhen it’s chilly and rainy, I immediately think about soup.

What kind should I make? What sounds good? And what do I have on hand in the way of ingredients?

Chicken noodle soup seemed like a logical choice based on the answer to the latter question. After all, it’s a staple when it comes to soup varieties; entire books have been written about its soothing qualities.

But despite traditional wisdom that it possesses unique healing properties, the research is sparse. A single study in 2000 (which is cited frequently) showed that it may act as an anti-inflammatory in that it immobilizes neutrophils (white blood cells). And another study suggested that we tend to view these kinds of “comfort foods” as a replacement for human connection, using them to enhance feelings of belonging and ease loneliness. Nevertheless, when it comes to comfort food, chicken soup tops the list.

Whether or not there are significant health benefits associated with chicken soup, it’s downright delicious. And that’s why I decided to make some as my self-care exercise for the day.

Stacy Fisher-Gunn
Stacy Fisher-Gunn

I'm a Self-Care Coach, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Certified Diabetes Educator, Author, and Founder of Living Upp. This community is a reflection of my desire to create an inspiring gathering place for people who want to explore self-care and live up to their fullest potential.

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