With Omicron looming across the corner winter has a unique yet simple way to announce itself. As the winter season settles in mid-November and early December most of us fall ill and lazy due to the sudden seasonal changes and climatic variations.
Here are some easy food items that we can eat to stay warm and boost our immunity during the harsh winters, keeping us safe and away from many seasonal viral cases of flu and helping us stay active, and keeping the laziness out during the cold winter days.
1. Honey – helps in boosting immunity against seasonal colds and viruses. It is easily available at the local stores and a teaspoon per day helps our body to remain metabolically active and strong.
2. Ginger – Ginger with honey and water or Ginger in tea helps our immune system to stay active and helps with digestion-related issues that one experiences during winter.
3. Ghee – This is a natural warmer that helps cut down the bad fat in the body and keeps your gut clean and healthy.
4. Sweet potato – This is a food that is low on calories and high on nutrients. It is rich in Vitamin A and fiber and is known to be a cure for constipation and reduces inflammation.
5. Apricots – This is termed as a natural warming dry fruit as it helps combat the cold seasonal winds.
6. Millets – Millets and whole grains like Bajra will help maintain body temperature during the cold winters.
7. Turnip – This is rich in anti-oxidants and helps keep cancer at bay. It is rich in Vitamin K and Vitamin A. Turnips are known to strengthen the cardiovascular system and digestion.
8. Saffron – Saffron with raisins helps maintain the warmth within the body.
9. Hot Soups – Soups like vegetable corn soup and tomato soup helps in keeping warm and give us the immunity to combat the cold.
I. Ragi – Ragi or porridge helps maintain metabolic pathways and its easy ability to be digested serves as good food for the elderly and even children during the winters.
II. Bajra – Bajra helps in maintaining bone strength and is also known to cure anemia. The fact that it is rich in protein and fiber helps in easy digestion and helps maintain metabolism in winters.
III. Dates – These are low fat, easy to eat, and powerhouses of nutrition. They help all gym lovers to maintain their physique while building immunity to tackle the harsh winter.
House cooks, healthcare nurses, and bedside assistants should be informed and trained to include these food items in the daily diet especially during winters. Eat healthy, stay warm and be healthy.
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