Cure that Cold

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It is true that you are what you eat – this is one of the principles of Ayurveda – yogas sister therapy. When you feel yourself going downhill with cold and flu symptoms pay particular care to what you eat. Orange juice will help you by providing vitamin C – this will boost your immune system. Also, try out the recipe below for ‘Spicy Tomato Soup’, it contains a fairly large dose of garlic, ginger and chilli – the garlic and ginger have powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant qualities and the capsaicin in chillies is a natural decongestant. So move over Night Nurse and get yourself some natural food-medicine that will do you the power of good.

Spicy Tomato Soup

1 pint stock

6 fresh medium tomatoes chopped (or a 400gm tin)

1/2 tube tomato puree

1 onion chopped

1 carrot chopped

1 stick cellery chopped

2 chillis finely chopped

1/2 cm fresh ginger finely chopped

4 garlic finely chopped

1 tsp dried herbs (optional)

double cream (optional)

Bring the stock to the boil. Add all the ingredients and allow to simmer for 15 minutes. Blend with a hand blender and add boiling water to come to your desired thickness. Add a dash of double cream – this can ‘tame’ a really hot soup and can make it taste delicious.

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