There is nothing like a good piping hot plate of food to keep Jack Frost shut in the box. As the body’s natural temperature drops in the winter, your body needs to keep warm from the outside as well from the inside. The only way for the body to generate heat is from the energy released from food that we eat. While the central heating systems of the house keeps your surroundings cozy, consuming naturally warming foods will keep the body warm from the inside.
Read on to find out which warming, healthy foods are a relish to your tummy and a boon to your skin.
Seasonal greetings: Seasonal fruits and vegetables like strawberries, oranges and pomegranates, onions, carrots, capsicum, beans, beetroot, spring onions, salad vegetables and greens, cabbage and broccoli are loaded with fiber, vitamins and antioxidants that keep the body warm, boost immunity and skin health with natural antioxidants and vitamins.
Spice up your life: Spices and herbs like black pepper, cayenne, cardamom, cinnamon, cumin, coriander, fennel, fenugreek, nutmeg and turmeric are natural thermogenic ingredients that increase internal heat. Add them to a variety of dishes, soups, curries, etc. or drink up on lots of herbal tea and spice up the flavor of your food as well. Condiments like garlic and ginger also help in warming up the system. Most spices have anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that can help you keep acne at bay.
Fibre-rich fun: A piping hot bowl of oatmeal can bring a fresh warming start to winter mornings. Oatmeal along with an array of whole grains like brown rice, millet, whole wheat and quinoa are high in fiber content and keeps the insides warm and the skin glowing.
Nuts about Nuts: Loading up on nuts, dry fruits and seeds like walnuts, almonds, pumpkin seeds, cashews, sesame seeds, raisins, apricots, and flaxseeds, which are rich in natural oil and omega 3 fats will keep your body naturally warm. Most nuts and seeds are rich in Vitamin E that will keep the years off your face.
Turn the heat on: Want to give your system a rapid heat blast? Include chili, peppers, Tabasco and jalapenos in your diet. They contain capsaicin that can heat up the insides and even slow down the aging process. However, you need to exercise control with them!
Feel warm and comfy by adding these foods in your daily diet.
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