To fight winter eat more of pomegranate, leafy vegetables, citrus fruits and dry fruits
Winters can be harsh on immunity system for various reasons. Firstly, you are not getting enough Vitamin D. Secondly, you are not drinking sufficient amount of water. Thirdly, you are not getting the right nutrients to support intestinal flora. And lastly, the most apparent reason, that you have stopped exercising.
If you are one of those who have been fighting the cold battle by piling up behind sack of clothes then it’s time to change your strategy and strengthen the internal system to have a long lasting victory. Certain healthy modifications in your diet along with regular exercise will keep you fit and active all season long.
- Seasonal fruit pomegranate should be a must in your daily diet as it is full of immunity boosting Vitamin C. It is also rich in antioxidants and proven to lower the LDL aka bad cholesterol level. According to a study, a small cup of pomegranate juice can be helpful in myocardial ischemia, which is a condition when artery blockage leads to reduced oxygen supply in heart.
- Leafy vegetables such as spinach, kale, and broccoli are full of immunity boosting nutrients and will support the intestinal flora to fight the invaders. These will fulfill the requirement of Vitamin A, C, K and many other nutrients in your body. Your skin will also thank you for eating these super foods.
- Citrus fruits such as lemons, oranges, limes are winter boons. Such foods are extremely rich source of Vitamin C. Flavonoids present in them are also effective in stimulation HDL aka good cholesterol.
- Foods such as milk, yeast, peanuts, potato, whole wheat bread, cheese, beans, yogurt, brown rice, wholegrain and cereals, etc. are full of nutrients and effective in channelizing your body heat.
- Dry fruits such as figs, dates, almonds, walnuts, cashew nuts etc. are a very good source of energy and fulfill the need of right nutrients in your body. These are very effective in enhancing your metabolism and overall health.
- Maintain your liquid intake. Apart from water you can also opt for green tea, fruits juices and soups.
- Exercise regularly no matter how cold the weather is and try giving your body at least 30 minutes of workout daily. Go for a mid noon walk if morning is too cold. Workout in your home or gym, try aerobic class, spinning or any kick boxing class, fitness fusion workout etc. You can also try Yoga or Pilates workout. Your exercise can increase your immune system, your overall fitness.