Foods that keep you warm in winters
People, particularly children, are prone to cold and flu in winters. Ginger has long been used as a natural treatment for seasonal colds and flu. It also helps digest fatty foods by breaking down proteins. It is excellent for reducing gas and treating acidity.
Peanut is a good source of Coenzyme Q10, which protects the heart during the period of lack of oxygen during winters.
The sweet and warm taste of cinnamon is perfect for the winter months. Use cinnamon sticks with soyamilk and honey for a deliciously warming beverage.
Black pepper has helps reducing the acidity and leads to less flatulence and bloating.
Honey can help improve digestive system and help you stay healthy and fight disease during winters.
Garlic is not only effective as a cholesterol lowering agent but also as a warming food. Winter is a bad time for people having bronchitis and asthma. Due to its antibacterial and antiviral properties, garlic helps fighting chest infections.
The health benefits of almonds include getting relief from constipation, respiratory disorders, cough, heart disorders, anaemia and diabetes. It also helps in hair care, skin care (psoriasis), and dental care.
Millet is considered to be one of the least allergenic and most digestible grains. It is a warming grain and helps heat the body during cold and rainy seasons.
Fruits and vegetables
Winter is the time when warming foods are in abundance. Fruit chat of like oranges, plums, peaches is most welcome. Also, you can add vegetables like carrots, beetroot in your diet during winters.
Both black and white sesame seeds have been known to provide heat to the body after digestion. Therefore, gajjak, rewari, laddus made up of sesame seeds are standard winter groceries. Sesame seeds keep you warm and ward off the winter chill-borne illnesses.
Fish is rich in zinc and the omega-3 fatty acids, both of which will give your health a boost in winters. Zinc increases the production of white blood cells that fight infection.
Make sure to include at least one or half a serving of a dark green leafy vegetable in your daily diet during winters.