Take The Ice Bucket Challenge!? – No Thanks

You cant fail to notice the world’s gone nuts over the ice bucket challenge. People are pouring ice cold water over themselves in a bid to raise awareness for charitable causes such as ALS and Macmillan to name but two. The effect however is becoming somewhat diluted the longer the craze goes on. It seems to me that people are forgetting or neglecting the real reason the challenge came about – to raise awareness and funds for these good causes. That aside there is also the issue over whether people should be wasting water when there are still countries with chronic clean water shortages.

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Whatever your view, I for one won’t be picking up the gauntlet. Why? Well because extreme temperatures pose a lymphoedema risk. Cancer Research UK state…

Avoid extremes of temperature, both hot and cold, including saunas, steam rooms and very hot baths or showers

I wouldn’t recommend trying this by any means, but this ice bucket challenge did make me giggle…

And for those who really want to do something worthwhile…

Chicken & Sweet Potato Soup

Serves 6
35 mins prep & cook

Ingredients:

3 Garlic cloves, crushed
5 tsp Ginger, grated
2 Large onions, finely chopped
250g Chicken breast, diced
2 tsp Chilli flakes
2 Sweet potatoes, diced
900ml Water
400ml Low fat coconut milk
2 Vegetable stock cubes
2 Limes, juiced
Olive oil

1. Heat the oil in a large pan. Add the garlic, onion and ginger. Cook until soft.

2. Add the chicken and cook until it turns white.

3. Add the chilli flakes and sweet potato, cover with the water and coconut milk. Add the stock cubes, stir and bring to the boil.

4. Once boiling, turn down the heat and simmer for 20 mins until the potato is soft.

5. Add the lime juice and serve.

Note:

– Chicken’s vitamin B3 and B6 content will help to maintain a healthy nervous system. A useful source of protein, and low fat if the skin is removed, chicken contributes to the growth and repair of all the body’s cells.

– Sweet potatoes are a good source of vitamin C. The orange variety of sweet potatoes contain beta-carotene which the body converts to vitamin A – an antioxidant that helps to fight cancer. In addition, sweet potato is rich in vitamin E, which is vital for healthy skin.

– Garlic helps boost heart health by actively lowering cholesterol levels, and allicin, a volatile oil found in the bulb, may help suppress the formation of tumors. It is also a powerful antioxidant, thanks to its amino acids, helping it to enhance overall immune function.

– Onion has an exceptionally high level of the flavonoid quercetin, a strong antioxidant which can block the formation of cancer cells.

– Limes are also high in vitamin C and are an effective immune stimulant.

– Even in small amounts, chilli are a helpful addition to the diet – one small red chilli contains high levels of the anti-viral, anti cancer and antioxidant carotenoid beta-carotene, some of which is converted into vitamin A in the body. Both these nutrients help to prevent the damage caused by toxins in the body, and can help stave off cancer.

(Source: The Top 100 Immunity Boosters by Charlotte Haigh).