By Dr. Hemangi Jhaveri, Homeopathy
Winter is full of joys, but it can also be harsh as it brings freezing cold weather in which the chances of getting ill increases. In this cold weather, it is very important to take some rest and preventive measures to maintain optimal health. It is necessary to get plenty of rest and eat healthy foods which help people keeping up with their regular routine easily in freezing cold weather.
The winter season might have a negative impact on the body and to prevent getting ill, one should consume some vitamins on a daily basis. Some of the vitamins which are necessary for the winter season are vitamin C, vitamin D3, vitamin A, and vitamin E. These vitamins are very helpful in preventing illness in the winter season.
- Vitamin C: It is a nature’s immunity booster that is present in many seasonal fruits and vegetables such as beetroots and carrots. It is essential to consume vitamin C to prevent cough, cold, and other seasonal diseases. Vitamin C is present in many citrus fruits such as lemons and oranges.
- Vitamin D: It is obtained directly from sunlight. It is a necessary supplement for the winter season which helps in bone strengthening, helps promote a positive mood, and also helps in the absorption of calcium.
- Vitamin A: This essential vitamin supports the health of teeth, bones, and soft tissues. It also acts as an antioxidant. Moreover, it helps in maintaining the immune system. Apricots, spinach, sweet potatoes, and carrots are rich in vitamin A.
- Vitamin E: This vitamin keeps the hair and skin moisturized during winters. Winters can bring dryness and dullness to the scalp and skin which can be countered by eating foods like broccoli, cashew nuts, sunflower seeds, and peanuts because these foods are rich in vitamin E.
Other necessary foods for preventing illnesses during winters are:
- Mushrooms: It helps to boost the immune system and also provides necessary nutrients such as niacin, phosphorus, potassium, and copper. It also provides vitamin C, protein, and iron.
- Red Peppers: It contains vitamin C in a great amount, more than the oranges and are far more effective. Red peppers also contain carotenoids and phytochemicals which have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits.
- Fish: The lungs are more likely to be affected in the winter season but omega-3 helps in protecting the lungs and also increase airflow. Oily fish such as salmon, sardines, herring, mackerel, and anchovies are rich in omega-3. It is suggested to consume oily fish three times a week to prevent colds and respiratory infections.
- Cinnamon: It is filled with potent antioxidants which can help to boost metabolism. It is nature’s most revitalizing herbs that help in digestion too.
These are some of the food that one can include in his/her diet. However, it is always advisable to consult an experienced nutritionist before adding any of these foods into the diet.