Written by Laila Helena | Monday, 27 February 2023
Chicken soup is one of those wonder foods that helps to heal everything. It’s like a warm cuddle on a rainy day that nourishes and heals from the inside out. Many traditional cultures have their own variation of chicken soup, and it’s not hard to see why. Chicken soup is a highly nutritious meal that supports a healthy gut and immune function whilst providing essential nutrients for fertility, pregnancy and postpartum.
This nourishing soup contains collagen-rich gelatine, released from the bones during cooking, which helps to reduce inflammation and restore the strength of your gut lining. The slow-released nutrients make it very easy to digest, which is ideal during pregnancy and postpartum when the digestive system slows down. In addition, chicken meat and bone broth are rich sources of readily available proteins, fats and minerals: calcium, magnesium, iron, copper and zinc. All these nutrients are essential for the development of a healthy baby.
The early stages of fertilisation and implantation are very sensitive to maternal nutritional status. This time frame is crucial for properly developing the embryo and foetus, highlighting the importance of eating nutrient-dense foods like chicken soup.
This recipe also contains garlic, celery and parsley to help reduce inflammation and detoxify. Reducing the toxic burden and supporting detoxification is essential in the preconception phase to avoid foetus malformation. You will notice that this recipe uses more quantities of these ingredients as it helps cut through the intense chicken flavour. Making it ideal for people who find chicken soup a bit too "chickeny".
Note: bone broth can be high in histamines, when cooked for long period, usually above 3 hours, the histamine can cause a reaction in some people. If you feel worse after consuming bone broth, histamines may be an issue for you and should be further investigated.
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Laila Helena BHSc is a qualified naturopath who specialises in helping busy couples ditch fatigue and nagging health issues to confidently optimise their fertility and pregnancy. Ultimately, making and raising healthier babies. She supports infants in their first 1000 days of life – from the moment they are conceived until they have reached two years of age. She is also passionate about fertility and preconception because infertility and chronic health conditions among children are steadily rising, most of which are preventable. Laila uses her holistic investigative skills to find the root cause of any disease and treats it with naturopathic medicine and functional nutrition. Supporting the health of parents, parents-to-be and infants. Her mission? To improve global health one baby at a time.