FOODS TO KEEP YOU WARM THIS WINTER!
Clinical Herbalist Reviewed on January 6, 2011 by Paulina Nelega, RH
When temperatures are dropping, eating foods that have a warming effect on the body can help you stay healthy. They’ll rev up your circulation, get that blood flowing, and give your immune system a boost!
Warming spices that will heat up your digestive fire, or ‘agni’ in Ayurveda, include ginger, garlic, onion, cinnamon, pepper, and cloves. Cooking with these is a great way to add warmth to the diet for those with a ‘colder’ type of constitution. You can even add a sprinkle of cayenne to the inside of your boots, to help keep your toes toasty!
The color of a food can be a useful indicator of whether it will be warming in the body. (Chili pepper!) The rich oranges and yellows of root vegetables such as squashes, sweet potatos and yams, or ruby-colored beets, seem warming just to look at. They’re chock-full of healthy antioxidant flavonoids, which gives them their gorgeous color. They’re also a great source of complex carbohydrates – to provide your body with long-lasting fuel to stay warm with!
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Paulina Nelega, RH, has been in private practice as a Clinical Herbalist for over 15 years. She has developed and taught courses in herbal medicine, and her articles on health have appeared in numerous publications. She is very passionate about the healing power of nature. Ask Dr. Jan