Winter is here, and it feels like it is here to stay. The cold, windy and cloudy days we all dread a lot. As the temperatures drop we want to keep our bodies warm from the inside out. Today let’s talk about the latter. We will talk on the healthy ingredients that are loaded with nutrients, antioxidants, and immune-boosting powers that your body needs to power itself through cold weather.
Since ancient history, cinnamon was used by herbalists to treat people with colds and flues. Cinnamon according to nutritionists, increases metabolism and generates heat in our bodies, it enhances circulation, especially to the fingers and toes. Sprinkling a generous amount of cinnamon to your coffee, hot chocolate or tea will help you reap the benefits of warming up without much effort needed.
The first thought that comes to mind when it comes to keeping warm is a huge steaming cup of tea. Adding ginger in powder or root to your cup of tea will definitely warm you up. Ginger has been proven to have thermo-genic properties that can keep you warm during the chilly season. Another added advantage of consuming ginger is that it promotes blood flow all around our bodies. Ginger can be added to meat dishes, soups and smoothies with equally delicious results.
Famous for its relief of colds and flues, honey is also considered a body warming food. It is easy to digest and gives a dosage of glucose and fructose which gives a quick boost of energy in the system. Take a teaspoon of honey with your tea or coffee any time of the day to warm up your body.
Chilli contains a substance known as Capsaicin which gives it its fiery edge. This substance stimulates receptors in our bodies that in turn promotes blood circulation particularly to our hands, fingers, feet and heads. It also stimulates our nerve ending that produces a warming sensation. Indulge yourself a warm chilly bowl of stew at the end of a cold day (stewed beef and rice) to wind down and going to bed feeling warm and cozy.
Turmeric, the spice that gives curry powder and mustard its deep yellow colour, is rich in antioxidants and has long been used for healing in India. It’s seen as one of the best warming herbs because it tightens tissues and absorb excess moisture.