Traditionally, winter is not the season we tend to associate with good health. But why? Is it the masses of cold, flu and cough remedies that suddenly start to take over our cabinets? The harsh, biting wind that whips around slowly freezing us, or the long dark evenings that lower our mood and drain our valuable energy?
Well yes, but the ever-resourceful Mother Nature has provided a host of natural remedies to help lift our spirits and boost our body’s natural defences in the face of the most inclement weather. Here’s a few examples of super foods that help your winter wellness.
Vitamin C is essential in maintaining a healthy body during the dark winter months, so don’t be afraid to stock up on a few delicious zingy citrus fruits, such as oranges, limes and lemons. Packed with this essential vitamin, these are guaranteed to put some sunshine into your winter wellness diet. And vitamin C isn’t just found in fruit. Hardy vegetables such as sweet potatoes, tomatoes and red peppers are also bursting with the Vitamin C your body needs.
Embrace the dark side of vegetables…
Beautiful, dark leafy greens are a must for your winter wellness diet. The traditional varieties such as cabbage, kale, chard and collards positively thrive through the cold winter months providing a nearly endless supply throughout winter. Not only are these rich Vitamins A, C & K, vegetables such as legumes, and spinach in particular, are great sources of Zinc – a well known immune system booster!
Many vegetarians are already aware of the iron found in lentils and green leafy vegetables which are so important in boosting our bodies’ much needed iron reserves. And while eating too much red meat is not recommended, as part of a balanced diet it’s another great source of iron throughout winter.
You cannot deny that spices are an integral part of everyday living – but what you may not know is that they’re also a healthy and natural way to boost your health and keep you warm during the winter months. From cloves, to cinnamon, turmeric, cardamom, black pepper and coriander seeds – whether you add them to a hot beverages or food, these are just some of the spices you may want to stock up on as we head towards the winter chill.
By making sure you’re including the above fantastic natural foods you can ensure you and your family are on the road to winter wellness.