Winters are something that everyone dreads of not because of. Not because of the cool breezes and the foggy mornings, but the temperature changes in the weather that our body is not able to take and hence giving us the lethargic feelings of not wanting to get out of the bed, wrapped in the comforters all day long, loaded cups of coffee and tea, and the non-stop sneezes and running nose.
So, here is a list of few foods along with their usage tips that will not only make you feel warm in winters, but also build your immunity and keep cold and flu at bay.
TURMERIC: Turmeric is widely recognized to augment immunity as is fungicidal, antiviral, and anti-bacterial in nature, improving the blood movement and liver detoxification. Adding a pinch of turmeric to boiling milk will not only reduce inflammation in the body but also keeps the body warm from within.
DRY FRUITS: Dry fruits like almonds, dates and walnuts are good for generating heat in the body during winters. They also help in curing anemia, iron and other vitamin deficiencies. Add them to your daily salads, milk or eat them raw.
EGGS: Filled with all the essential vitamins and amino acids for a digestible protein, a complete meal in self, eggs not only keep your body warm in winters but also help body fight infections. This powerhouse of energy, add it to your diet boiled, poached, fried or as you like it.
HOT SOUPS: Eating hot soups during winters is the easiest and healthiest way to get warmth when your body gives up due to extremely cold weather outside. Add soups to your dinners and enjoy the comfort of warmth along with shedding some weight as this happens to be a low calorie and filling food when made at home than those ready to packet foods.
FENUGREEK (METHI SEEDS): Winter miraculous foods with antiviral properties, that will help eradicate the chances of getting cold. This food will also provide comfort during running nose and sneezing due to its heat generating properties.
CINNAMON: A wonderful ingredient to dry up excess moisture and mucus present in the body. Helps increase metabolism, progress blood flow and also helps in better absorption that augments the core body temperature. Add them in powdered form to your tea, green tea or as a sweetener to your beverages.
PEPPERCORNS: Black or white, rich in antioxidants, this is the best winter spice to keep your body warm and keep the cold symptoms away. Top freshly crushed on your salads, foods, eggs and toast.
HONEY: A traditionally used medicine for cold and flu, regular use in winter season will keep your body warm and aid fight chilly cold outside.
TULSI LEAVES: Rich in Vitamin A, C, and iron, helps the body combat respiratory problems. Very good natural antiseptic, treat allergies, infections and inflammations.
GINGER: Taken daily, keeps the body warm and keeps your lungs and respiratory tract free from phlegm, builds immunity in winter season and augments the blood movement in the body.
Tulsi & Ginger when taken in combination-
SESAME SEEDS: Whether the black ones or white, these tiny seeds are miraculous in their own way. Adding this to your diet, peeks up the metabolism, regularize the endocrines, increases the body temperature and help us stay warm and also helps cure chronic respiratory problems like pneumonia, bronchitis and asthma. Roll it into sweet laddoo with jaggery and dry fruits or top it up on your sabzi, roti and enjoy.
SAFFRON (KASHMIRI KESAR): Royal and rich food items which not only help you stay warm in the winter, but also add glow to your skin. Mix a few strands to boiled milk mixed with dry fruits or just soak for a while in warm water and take it before going to bed.
Add these foods to your diet and stay warm and comfortable in the winters without having to suffer from cold, sneezes, flu and running nose.