The winters have finally arrived in our country and all of us are bracing the cold wind with warm clothing like jackets, sweaters, shawls, etc.
The winter winds make us very lethargic. We do not want to step outside for some fresh air because of the cold uncomfortable breeze. It also becomes difficult to leave our cosy beds in the morning and get to work.
Have you ever wondered why we feel so dull and tired in the winter months? There is one major reason behind it. The lack of sunlight and vitamin D during the winter months, make our body produce more melatonin, which is sleep-inducing hormone.
Also, our body understands dark light as the time to sleep. This experience is called 'winter tiredness'. Our body may take some time to adjust to the new weather.
During the cold months, our body needs to stay warm and it might use more energy in doing so. Therefore, your diet needs to be tweaked a little to accommodate a few more calories.
Some foods also provide warmth to our body when consumed and these foods need to be identified and included in your diet.
Indian winters can be harsh for the people, especially in the northern regions. But they have a way of coping with the extreme climate.
For generations, people are known to consume foods that provide natural heat to the body. These foods release more heat during digestion and this is known as diet-induced thermogenesis.
So, here is a list of Indian foods that will provide you with the much-needed warmth and energy during the cold winter months, take a look.
Peppers are full of antioxidants that keep the flu and cold symptoms at bay. When our body digests pepper, it induces heat which will help keep us warm in the winters too.
Sprinkle a generous amount of pepper in your food to stay toasty.
Fenugreek is popularly called a winter elixir, which has anti-viral properties that help eliminate the chances of cold. Its heat-inducing properties also relieve the symptoms of cold such as runny nose and sneezing.
Soak half a teaspoon of fenugreek seeds and grind them next morning. Include this paste in your everyday cooking to keep cold symptoms at bay.
3) Tulsi And Ginger:
Tulsi is rich in vitamin A, vitamin C and iron, which help the body fight respiratory disorders. It is a very powerful antiseptic. Ginger, on the other hand, increases the blood circulation in the body, thereby inducing heat. It also boosts our digestive and immune systems.
This tulsi and ginger tea is an ultimate remedy for all winter woes. Boil some water in a sauce pan. Add 5-6 tulsi leaves and ½ an inch piece of ginger. Strain the mixture and drink this tea twice in a day.
4) Whole Grains:
Whole grains fuel our body with energy to keep us warm in the dipping temperature. They are also a good source of important minerals like magnesium and selenium that regulate the body temperature.
Include whole grains like oats, barley and quinoa in your daily diet.
Turmeric has extensively been used during the winter months since ages in our country. Turmeric is known to increase immunity and is an antiviral, antifungal and antibacterial. It boosts blood circulation and liver functions. The digestion of curcumin found in turmeric releases energy, which helps keep our body warm.
Add a pinch of fresh turmeric powder in a glass of warm milk every day.
Honey is a well-known warm food which is easily digestible. Regular consumption of honey will regulate our body temperature and help fight the freezing cold outside.
Consume a pinch of cinnamon powder with a teaspoon of honey to stay warm and cosy in the winters.
Cinnamon has an amazing quality to dry the excess moisture and mucus in the body and provide relief from cold. It also improves blood circulation and aids in digestion, which helps increase the core body temperature.
Add ½ an inch of cinnamon bark in your regular green tea and consume it twice a day.
Sesame seeds help regulate our body temperature and cure respiratory disorders like pneumonia and asthma. It also improves metabolism, normalizes the hormones and raises the body temperature.
Sprinkle sesame seeds in your salads every day or prepare dishes using sesame oil.
The most costly spice in the world is also an excellent heat inducer. Saffron increases the temperature of the body and also prevents us from getting infected by cold and cough. It also helps reduce mucus congestions in the body, which naturally increases body heat.
Add a pinch of saffron strands in your daily glass of milk.
10) Hot Vegetable Soup:
This is the most comforting food for the winters. A hot bowl of delicious soup will not only alleviate the body temperature, it will also energise the body and provide it with many essential nutrients.
Boil a few pieces of your favourite veggies in some water and add your favourite spices to it. Have the soup whenever you feel cold.