Not only winters, summers or autumns are for those who have to hibernate. Long and chilly nights and shorter and foggy days are common experiences that evoke during the winters and now we are slowly heading to spring and than hot vibrant summers. This makes our body also undergoes and faces a lot of changes in our metabolism, energy levels, and food preferences.
Women’s health specialist and acclaimed dietician, Sheela Seharawat from her Diet Clinic report that aside from bringing in illness and discomfort, winters propagate us to eat a lot of comfort food. The longer is the evenings and colder is the weather, the lack of vitamin D makes eating heavier and starchier foods more desirable.
One thing that is very generous about these months is that it brings us a large array of fresh yields that can be enjoyed in the season along with battling the cold. These foods help to keep the body warm along with providing it with all the vital nutrients that are much needed in this season. The winters boast of these seasonal superstars that help us fight all the winter odds.
There are plenty of varieties of this vegetable available, but all are to be enjoyed in the winter as they are especially available in the season. Just a small of the cooked vegetable is loaded with the richness of vitamins A and C and most importantly, with almost zero calories. It is also great source folate, potassium, vitamin B6 and vitamin K. Vitamin C is a key nutrient for our immune system and keeping the energy levels high.
When most of the produce looks bleak, collard, spinach, and kale look blooming during the winter months. These dark leafy veggies are a healthy source of vitamin A, C and K. All these greens are great for defense against the winter by making our immunity strong so that our bodies can fight the winter blues with ease. These are great for nursing mothers in their childbearing age. Colds and flues are quite common in winters, and it needs a strong immunity to fight them naturally. These green are also a great source of zinc that contributes to the fighting abilities of our bodies.
Orange, grapefruits, lime, and lemons are the juiciest during the winters and add a healthy dose of sunshine to our health in the winters. Citrus fruits are high in vitamin C along with being rich sources of flavonoids. These flavonoids contribute to lowering LDL, the bad cholesterol and increasing the quantity of HDL, the good ones. And what can be better to strengthen our immunity other than vitamin C?
Pomegranates are great for the heart. The juice of the fruit is a rich source of antioxidants, more than in any fruit. This helps in keeping the free radicals from oxidizing the bad cholesterol, LDL and decreases the chances of plaque built up in our arteries. Also regularly drinking pomegranate juice improves the blood flow to the heart so that the oxygen supply is not compromised in the winters to the heart and we can breathe freely.
This winter food is the best food for us during the winter. Available in plenty during the colder months, they have strong antioxidant properties that help us stay healthy and fit during the winters. They are also a good source of beta-carotene that promotes our immune system by strengthening the cells from damages and supporting normal functioning.
Holding a hot cup of beverage is always welcome during the winters and we all love sipping on these hot beverages the whole day. Green tea is rich in antioxidants that help to fight off diseases by making our immunity stronger and fighting off free radicals. Another reason we should sip on green tea is that it contains a small amount of caffeine that keeps us beat the lethargy that is quite common in the winters.
This starchy winter vegetable is rich in antioxidant properties that help fight several diseases including cancers. Eat them with the leaves and you are going to get a healthy dose of vitamin K and vitamin A. All of it contributes to better digestive health, good cardiovascular functioning and stronger bones.
Oatmeal is more than just a breakfast food. It also has a store of nutrients that are much needed by our body during the winter months. Oatmeal is rich with zinc – import for immunity and soluble fibers – great for heart health. Moreover, the fibers in oats keep you full for longer and you may not keep gorging on foods in the winters.
These cruciferous brothers are great defense shield against all winter sicknesses. The vitamin C rich veggies strengthen our immunity and the many nutrients keep nourishing our boy in the winters. Ward off flu this winter with these cruciferous vegetables.
Salmon is a very popular fish amongst the non-vegetarian eaters and is great to boost the T-cells in the immune system. Studies confirm that people with a higher quantity of T-cells are less prone to fall sick and have stronger immunity. Also, proteins are one rare source of vitamin D which the body generated from sunlight, which is quite rare in the winters. It is also rich in quality proteins and hearts healthy omega-3 fatty acids
There is just one way of staying and living healthy and that is by eating healthy. Our diets should be a balanced one with all major food groups – dairy, fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and poultry. Apart from these five, we should pay attention to our fluid intake for healthy functioning.
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