7 Winter Foods To Keep The Cold Out


Winter is undoubtedly is the most awaited seasons of the year. However, apart from rejoicing this wonderful season, it is imperative to take of your health to avoid getting sick. Even if it is not freezing outdoors, your body can feel the temperature difference and might force you to consume more amounts of calories.

Body requires burning more calories for staying warm and thus, you tend to eat more during winters. However, make sure that you do not rush to your refrigerator and munch anything. Here are seven winter foods that will help you stay warm.

1.    Millet
Millet is one of the least allergenic grains. It is also the most digestible of all the grains. It assists in heating the body during winters. Further, a diet that is rich with whole grains offers several health benefits such as various chronic disorders, obesity, diabetes, reduces risk of developing cancers, etc.

2.    Nuts
Due to the fatty acid that they contain as well as the bioactive and nutritional content, peanuts and almonds help prevent many disorders and retain the warmth in your body. In addition, peanuts are rich source of coenzyme Q10, which helps to protect your heart in case of oxygen shortage.

3.    Sesame Seeds
Both white and black sesame seeds offer the body with the required heat. Thus, many snack foods contain sesame seeds. These seeds also help to thwart off common winter diseases. They also boost immunity, avert the onset of serious disorders, and are good sources of poly and mono saturated fats.

4.    Spices
Cloves, black pepper, turmeric, cinnamon, garlic and ginger are proven to have good warming effect. Ginger is one of the vital ingredients used for treating seasonal flu and cold. Further, it even helps in digesting fatty food items by promoting break down of proteins. Asthma and bronchitis are aggravated in winters. Due to the antiviral and antibacterial properties, it helps to combat chest infection.

5.    Green Vegetables
These are good sources of folate and iron as well as help to maintain proper hemoglobin levels whilst protecting your body from colds and infections. Thus, consider including half or at least a single serving of leafy vegetable in your regular diet.

6.    Fish
Fish is a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids and zinc. Both help to stay healthy during winters. Zinc boosts white blood cell production as well as fights infection. Further, it helps to regulate cholesterol levels as well as curbs the chances of developing heart disorders.

7.    Poultry
Eggs are rich sources of proteins and are thus, apt for consumption during winters to help you stay healthy and warm. Chicken soup on the other hand is excellent for flu and cold.

Author Byline: Matt Walker is a versatile writer and writes articles on home décor and health topics. His articles can be found on some of the popular article directories.

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