It is widely known that during winter season, people are in high risk of getting sick easily. What is more concerning, the number of covid19 cases has returned to increase again in some regions around the globe such as in Africa and Europe. I genuinely believe, It is preferable to adopt a healthy diet while a person is healthy, to boost the immune system and reduce chances of sickness. So, as a public health specialist, here are my recommendations of three great food options to help you to stay healthy during this cold season.
Root vegetables are an amazing source of antioxidants. ‘They are rich in several nutrients such as Potassium, fiber, multiple kinds of vitamins (vitamin A, B and C), Manganese. They are also known for improving your heart and lungs health, and reduce inflammation and risk of cancer, too.’1. Some examples of root vegetables includes Potatoes, Carrots, Onions, beets. I don’t know about you, but I love my potatoes and carrot soup for dinner! 🙂
Red meat, specifically lean red meat, is another great option. In fact, red meat should be “all seasons” food due to it contains Iron, Zinc, Vitamin B12, Protein which are fundamental nutrients for the human body. For example, Protein is essential for building muscle tissues and Zinc strengthen the immune system. Therefore, consuming red meat during winter is very substantial. Yet, you should be eating red meat in reasonable amounts; because too much of it will harm more than it benefits your heart.
Tea is not only delicious, It is very healthy choice in winter. ‘It reduces inflammation and supports the immune system.’ 2 Any type of tea, I believe, is good; whither it was green, black, white or herbal tea. Nonetheless, just like red meat, consuming tea should be controlled, one to two cups per day is enough. It is preferred to drink tea alone without food to get its beneficial health value. I personally like to drink green tea two hours before going to bed, at least twice a week to detox and clean my digestive system.
To conclude, winter time has always been a challenging time, healthwise. Thus, controlling what you should eat and what you shouldn’t eat, is your responsibility to keep healthy. With the rising numbers of airborne diseases worldwide, I think it should motivates you even more to protect yourself and choose wisely when it comes to your diet. Finally, I would love to know some of your healthy habits/ tips (if you have any) during winter. Share it with us in the comments below!