As much as the winter season is relished by people for its cozy atmosphere, stylish woolen clothing, lip smacking food, Christmas and the New Year celebrations, it’s also equally harder on your health.
Proper care of your skin and health is crucial during the winter months as during this season when days become shorter and nights longer, your skin and health are at greater risk of being damaged by dryness.
You certainly don’t wish to look dry and lifeless in those holiday outfits you’ve had picked out since Halloween?!
A healthy diet that’s especially useful for your body during winter, must be consumed and here’s what you should try and incorporate during your favorite time of the year.
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This fruit is a vitamin C powerhouse, so your immunity gets a major boost. You’ll find yourself catching chills and ice blisters much less – if at all.
Grapefruits are also abundant in antioxidants, which prevents the oxidization of other molecules in the body.
The presence of anti oxidants in your body helps you fight aging and in turn make you look younger and even more gorgeous.
#2. Cold Water Fatty Fish
Cold water fatty fish like Salmon are rich in omega-3 fatty acids. These essential fatty acids are considered to be healthy fats, as they maintain the natural glow and moisture level of your skin.
These also help keep your skin free from inflammation and dryness.
Fish is a champion in boosting your brain health and helping you feel less tired and more energetic during winter.
If you’ve been tired of collecting your hair strands that keep falling out due to dry scalp, dandruff, hot showers or chilling winds, then this is your mantra!
You could grind almonds in a milkshake for breakfast or just munch on a handful for your midday snack.
Another very useful product is almond oil which could be used for body and hair massages. Your skin will thank you for the softness it’ll attain through these wonderful nuts!
#4. Cold-Pressed Olive Oil
Olive oil has multiple uses in most parts of the world which includes cooking, skin care, hair care and others.
During winter, make olive oil your best friend, not that it would hurt to use during other seasons as well.
This beneficial oil contains monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFA) which improves blood cholesterol levels, which can decrease your risk of heart disease.
Choose the cold-pressed olive oil to extract the maximum benefits from it. This oil is rich in Vitamin E, is cholesterol free and doesn’t contain trans fats so it’s especially a blessing for the health conscious.
A large non-stick skillet and olive oil should be best pals in every kitchen during winter!
#5. Mustard Oil
Also popularly known as the burning oil, simply because of its properties that help keep the body warm. If you’re the one who gets horrified as soon as winter approaches, because of chronic pain in bones and joints, well, I have some good news!
Warm some mustard oil and add a few drops of clove oil into it….
Massage this oily solution on the most painful areas of your body, like your neck, back, hips, knees or ankles. Then sit sunlight for some time if you can.
Repeat before going to bed as well and you’ll notice a magical effect on your body. The aches and pains will probably have bid you adieu when you wake up in the morning!
#6. Green Tea
Drinking green tea in winter not only helps keep you warm, but helps focus your mind and provides antioxidants.
Green tea is great for combatting colds, coughs, fevers and headaches.
Drinking 3-4 cups of green tea with a dash of lemon juice in it keeps a healthy radiant glow on your skin and prevents drying.
Prepare a glass of steaming hot cocoa on a freezing winter day and enjoy sipping it with your loved ones in front of the fire. Sounds heavenly!
Cocoa has an abundance of a flavonoid called epicatechin. This nutrient is very helpful in increasing blood flow to various parts of your body. Epicatechin is a very strong antioxidant, has insulin mimicking effect and improves heart health
Intake of foods rich in flavonoids has been linked to a lower risk of chronic diseases such as cancer, heart disease, asthma and stroke.
Flavonoids are also believed to boost your immunity and help protect your brain.
If you have a Favorite winter food not on the list, be sure to tell me about it in the comments section below!