Archive for October 29th, 2014

Take excellent care of yourself this cold and flu season!



Winter is coming. This is the season to drastically boost our immune systems. Especially now more than ever, with the possibility of Ebola and other strange viruses and diseases lurking about. Even though Ebola is a frightening disease, influenza is actually more deadly and much easier to catch. Vitamin D is an amazing vitamin to help ward off illness and improve your immune system. My doctor takes 15,000 IUs during flu season to avoid getting ill. I typically take around 5000 IUs a day, but increase it at the slightest hint of illness in my body. Vitamin C 500 milligrams at a time is also a great vitamin to take throughout the day to boost your immune system as well. Grapefruit seed extract and propolis are excellent ways to kill germs in our systems. If you need antibiotics from your doctor, keep in mind they tend to work more efficiently if you take them only when absolutely necessary. For all other times, boosting your immune system is the best means of defense.

There are also dietary changes you can make to help prevent from getting sick. Avoiding sugar, dairy and all wheat products will help as well, since these foods tend to increase the amount of mucus you have in your system and are extremely inflammatory. Of course eating healthy on a regular basis helps tremendously. Be extra careful this cold and flu season! Take good care of yourself and don’t forget to wash your hands often. Every little bit helps.

Be well,


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Published on October 29, 2014 by Susan Ciminelli

Adzuki Bean Soup Recipe

red bean soup for chinese new year

As we enter flu season it’s important that your kidneys are in optimal condition, as your kidneys filter the blood. This adzuki bean recipe cleanses the kidney area. Use this soup to get rid of dark circles underneath the eyes and alleviate bloating and water retention within the body.


2 cups adzuki beans, soaked overnight in water to cover

1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil

1 small onion, chopped

1 carrot, chopped

1 stalk celery, chopped

2 teaspoons cumin

1/2 teaspoon turmeric

3 garlic cloves, chopped

2 tablespoons freshly grated ginger

2 quarts chicken stock or vegetable stock or water

Sea salt

Freshly ground white pepper

1/2 cup freshly squeezed lime juice

1/2 cup freshly chopped cilantro

Drain the beans. Place the beans, along with 5 cups of cold water, in a large heavy-bottom pot and bring to a boil. Cook 1 hour, or until tender. Drain the beans and set aside.

In a stockpot, heat the sesame oil over medium heat. Add the onions, carrots, celery, cumin, and turmeric, and saute until tender, about 10 minutes. Add the garlic and ginger and cook 1 minute. Add the beans and stock, and salt and pepper to taste. Simmer an additional 25 minutes or until beans are tender, stirring occasionally.

Transfer the soup to a blender in batches and puree until smooth (or use an immersion blender). Return the pureed soup to the pot and reheat. Add the lime juice and cilantro. Taste and adjust seasonings if necessary.

Serves 6.

Originally printed in The Ciminelli Solution: A 7-Day Plan for Radiant Skin by Susan Ciminelli

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Published on October 29, 2014 by Susan Ciminelli