Blog - Quick tips for Beating the Common Cold

By The Haven Team: 10 Dec 2014

Alongside hot honey and lemon, here are some great tips for boosting immunity and staying well plus some excellent rhemedies for if you catch cold. Happy winter!!

Reduce your Stress Levels

Reducing stress boosts you immunity and it's twice as easy with the right support. Enjoy a weekly massage or choose from any of our wide- ranging therapies. Our practitioners are all skilled in removing tension and boosting energy levels, vital for our bodies defence system.

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Vitamin D         

Your body needs Vitamin D to activate your immune system so get out into the light for at least 15 min’s each day. For maximum benefit, turn your head to the sunlight and soak it up through the glabella (centre of your brow).  This is said to uplift the soul!

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is water soluable which means your body doesn’t store it so you need to replenish it every day. Enjoy the delights of fruit with your breakfast; choose from oranges, mango, papaya, strawberries, pineapple or kiwi (all high in vitamin C) or add some extra vegetables to your meals; red and green bell peppers are high in vitamin C, also kale, broccoli, cauliflower and brussel sprouts will help with your daily intake.

During a cold your body uses more vitamin C. Some people go for 1000mg, 3 x daily or you can simply snack on the above throughout the day.


Probiotics help you to produce virus fighting antibodies and aid in vitamin absorption. You can take a supplement or enjoy in foods such as miso, kimchi, sauerkraut or kefir.

Grapefruit Seed Extract

Grapefruit seed extract has been found to be antimicrobial which means that it kills microorganisms or inhibits their growth. This is a brilliant supplement during a cold, and if you catch your cold at the beginning Grapefruit seed extract can eradicate symptoms fast. Take it 3 times a day in water until your symptoms pass.

Sleep more

If you’re feeling “under the weather” then give yourself a minimum of 8 hours sleep each night. There is an old wives saying that 1 hour before midnight is worth 2 after. Chinese Medicine supports this view that we benefit from sleeping before 11pm when our Liver and heart need to rest as the blood is carried back from the limbs to nourish these organs.

Recipes to boost your immunity or rid you of the winter cold

Immunity Juice

    1 bunch parsley
    2 lemons
    1 inch-thick round horseradish root
    1 orange
    5 inch knob of ginger
    2 inch knob of turmeric
    1 large clove garlic
    1 cucumber
    2 stalks celery

Parsley is great for clearing infections, horseradish will get your sinuses moving and garlic is an antiviral. The cucumber will help you absorb the juice and the oranges and lemons are a good source of vitamin C.

Vegetarian Immunity Soup

If you eat meat, chicken broth with some of these herbs will also do a great job!

    ¾ teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
    1 large onions, thinly sliced
    2 garlic cloves, mashed
    ½ tablespoon minced fresh ginger
    2 ounces shiitake mushrooms, stemmed and thinly sliced
    1 large carrots, thinly sliced on the bias
    1 ¼ pieces astragalus root (about 15 inches total)
    5 cups mushroom stock
    1 tablespoons tamari or low sodium soy sauce
    1 cups broccoli florets,
    ¼ cup chopped scallions

Heat olive oil over medium heat in large pot. Add onions, garlic, and ginger and sauté until soft and translucent.

Add shiitakes, carrots, astragalus root and mushroom stock. Bring to low boil, reduce heat and simmer for 45 minutes.

Add tamari and adjust seasoning if needed. Add broccoli florets and cook 2 minutes. Remove astragalus root pieces. Garnish with scallions before serving.