Cold winds, chilly nights and fog wrapped mornings who doesn’t like winter. Winter brings loads of happiness into our lives and along with that, it also brings a host of diseases like common cold, flu, various skin diseases and infections. This winter rejuvenate your body metabolism by adding a health potion in your diet. Winter is the best season for improving the immune system of the body.
Indeed foods are better digested and the body metabolism works way better than compared with other seasons. But according to experts one should concentrate on keeping a balanced food diet all through to remain fit and healthy.
Here is a list of essential tips to eat healthy in winter..
- Have a lot of root vegetables
There are plenty of foods to be enjoyed in this season which could specifically help in this freezing season. Root vegetables like carrots, beetroots, sweet potatoes and turnips deliver a plenty of good nutrients to our body and keeps us warm. This winter fill up your immune system by eating a lot of anti-oxidants containing vegetables. Pick up carrots, beetroots, broccoli or cauliflower for most of your healthy lunch and dinners. Have hot soups, stews or you can even add it with a bowl of rice or noodles
- Add specific spices in your diet
Spices like cinnamon, sesame, pepper and turmeric works like magical ingredients in winter. Cinnamon helps in better metabolism of the body generates heat. Just by adding it your regular tea or coffee and experiences the new warmth in your body. As sesame helps in dealing with respiratory disorders turmeric and pepper reduce inflammation in the body thereby making it warm from inside.
- A bowl of Soup is mandatory atleast one time a day
A bowl of hot soup with all the vegetable is best comfort food in winter. Soups are the most healthiest and easiest to grab in winter to feel the instant warm and calmness. Just pick your favourite recipe which includes chicken or plenty of green and root vegetables and have atleast once a day. All the goodness of vegetables and warmth of the soup will keep your body healthy and happy in winter.
- Grab a dish full of dry fruits
Almonds, dates and walnuts are great at generating heat in your body. Dry fruits are high in food values it also helps in fighting disease iron and vitamin deficiency diseases. You can also add apricots, raisins, figs and dates in your bowl full of cereal, a glass of warm milk or in dalia (porridge). You can even add nuts like almonds, walnuts and pistachios to your breakfast table to keep yourself warm throughout the day.
- Have a cup of tea full with goodness of tulsi and ginger
Tea sounds great in winter therefore you can tag along some healthy tea in this winter. You can add some herbal tea in your routine or you can switch to some health promoting teas like adding a quarter of ginger and tulsi or having green teas with a mighty spoon of honey which is extremely beneficial to your health in winter. Even tulsi (basil) have anti-viral, anti-biotic and anti-bacterial properties which keeps our body healthy.
- Avoid comfort foods
You must not get tempt to eat your favourite fast foods often in winter. As the weather gets relatively cold fight the urge of having those stuffs in between the meals have a cup of homemade vegetable stew or grab bowl of soup to remain healthy throughout the winter.
- Drink generous amount of water
Winter can be dehydrating sometimes as you forget to drink a lot of water as compared to summer. To maintain a healthy diet you should always drink a lot of water throughout the day. One should atleast drink 2 litres a day which means around eight glasses of water daily. As experts says less amount of water more number of diseases and more amount of water and less number of diseases.
- Get minimum 30 minutes of sun exposure
Minimum 3 minutes of sun exposure is needed daily in winter as it is the source of Vitamin D3. Vitamin D3 helps in rebuilding and normal functioning of the immune system. It also reduces the chance of getting a flu by 50%.
- Get the right amount of Sleep
Minimum eight hours of sleep is compulsory at night. Lack of proper sleep can weaken the immune system thereby making you open to diseases. Therefore early to bed and early to rise seems to be the best advice since childhood.
- Access online Shopping
As the weather get cold and chilly outside and you find it difficult to go out and shop you can always find a easy way out and shop online. Go through some of the best sites like Amazon, Flipkart, Big basket where you can order your stuffs and get it delivered. Even sometimes you don’t feel like cooking especially at night, you order foods online from several food delivery sites like Foodpanda, Zomato and Swiggy. You can also earn some food coupons while ordering food online which will save you few bucks later.
One third of protein and two third of salad is the best in winter. You must pay attention to your lifestyle as well such as avoid overstressing, staying up till mid night and improper food habits. So take care of your diet and lifestyle and you are ready to witness a healthy and warm winter this year.