India is known as a country with diverse cultures, languages, festivals, and food. It is a debate-worthy meme that the intensity and duration of winters in India are so different. In some areas, the cold and dry winters have already made people wrap themselves in their sweaters and scarves. Other parts are still transitioning slowly from the scorching October heat to the milder temperatures. This short article will help you make the most out of winter while maintaining your health.
Enjoy Seasonal Produce
Winter is a time of abundance for fruits and vegetables. Include these seasonal foods in your diet and reap the nutritional benefits. Sweet potatoes, carrots, and green peas are some examples. Amla, fresh turmeric, and mustard greens also come to mind. Traditional foods like Undhiyo (mooli ka paratha), sarso-ka-saag (sarso-ka-saag), thalipeeth (fresh turmeric pickle), amla chutney, and others are delicious. Still, they also contain essential vitamins and minerals that support your health.
As the temperatures drop, you may have noticed that the number of trips to the water fountain at work or school per hour decreases. It is important to remember, even though you may feel less thirsty in the winter months that it is still vital to stay hydrated. Dry indoor air, cold weather, and dry air can cause your body to become dehydrated. Winter heaters tend to dehydrate you by removing moisture from your body. To maintain fluid intake, opt for herbal teas or warm water with a slice of orange le, mon, or vegetable soups. Soups and stews are not only good for hydration, but they also make a nutritious meal if you add a variety of vegetables, pulses or legumes, lean beef, spices, and nuts. The cold, dry air that passes through the nose in areas with low temperatures can cause nosebleeds. Use humidifiers or protective gear to help you breathe more comfortably. Caffeine and alcohol can cause dehydration.
It is important to consume enough protein in order to maintain muscle mass and feel satisfied after eating. This is especially true during the winter months when you are more likely than usual to reach for extra food. You can boost your immune system and energy by ensuring that your meals include a variety of protein sources, such as whole legumes, dairy products, nuts, eggs, or meat.
Include Healthy Fats
Add a teaspoon each of ghee, dals, rotis, bhakris, khichadi, or sesame seeds in your temperings to enjoy the warm, comforting taste. Healthy fats such as those in sesame oil and peanut oil or ghee can help keep your hair and skin healthy during winter. They also help your body absorb fat-soluble vitamins such as A, D, and E.
Immunity is important.
Winter is flu season. It’s important to boost your immune system. There are no ‘ no’ superfoods, but you need to ensure that your immune system is functioning properly. You can keep infections away by consuming vitamins A, C, E, zinc, and iron. Also, a good protein is a great way to boost your immunity. Cardamoms, cinnamon, basil, cloves, and ginger can boost your immunity when you reduce the sugar and milk.
Do not forget to keep an active lifestyle in the winter. It’s easy to want to sleep and cuddle in your blanket at the end of the year, but this is also when the hashtags ‘new you for the new year’ are most popular. Exercise is important for your health and can combat winter blues. Consider doing indoor activities or going for a morning walk in the sunshine at least one time a day to increase your heart rate.
Enjoy the Season
It is important to watch what you eat and the amount of food that you consume. However, it’s okay to indulge in your favorite winter treats like ladoos or hot chocolate. All of them are packed with nutrients and bring back childhood memories.
Healthy winter eating is about fueling your body with seasonal foods rich in nutrients that will keep you warm, boost your immune system, and give you energy. You can maintain your health by making healthy choices and being active.
Who wants to have a fever while your friends plan a badminton match or go on that trip you’ve been dreaming about? Stay healthy and warm this winter!