Fighting Off Spring Sniffles (and Garlic Soup!)

For years, I used to get sick between the seasons. It wouldn’t matter how appropriately I dressed for the weather, or how much sleep I got. My throat would start feeling scratchy around the end of February, followed by sneezes and congestion in March. The change in temperature appears to come with a price: an exhausted immune system that makes us prone to the relatively minor, but no less irritating, dips in health.

The usual recommendations still stand:

-Wash your hands! Just because the weather’s warming up, don’t assume that you can get away with pawing the natural world with glove-less hands.

-Drink lots of water, too. A dry throat and nasal passage makes you a sitting duck for sneaky microbes to work their dark magic inside your body.

-Dressing for success, when it comes to fending off colds, means packing extra warm clothes, even when the weatherman says it’s time to expose those kneecaps to the sun. Wait until the weather has stabilized for a couple weeks before assuming it’s the new climatological norm.

-Once you’ve got those covered, it’s time to start thinking about your diet. There are a lot of immune system-boosting superfoods like garlic, turmeric, honey, and leafy greens…and one of the best ways to reap their benefits is by drinking them in.

-Garlic might be bad for your breath but it’s good for your body, particularly when it comes to fighting off colds. Each potent clove contains an important anti-microbial compound, allicin, which helps promote healthy gut flora.

For a quick immunity supercharge, try the recipe below:

Super Simple-But-Mighty Garlic Soup


6 cups low-sodium veggie broth

2 to 3 tbs olive oil

Half an onion

10 cloves of garlic

1 tbsp turmeric

Half a cup chopped kale


In a medium frying pan, bring the olive oil to a slight sizzle with medium heat. Peel the garlic and chop the cloves and add to the olive oil.

Add the turmeric and chopped onion. Then add the chopped kale, stirring until the kale has softened.

In a pot, bring the veggie broth to boil.

Add the garlic mix to the broth. Let simmer before serving.

For extra fun, add a dollop of sour cream and serve with artisan-quality bread.