Chilly winter weather affects more than just your wardrobe. Your body also experiences changes in energy levels, metabolism and even food prefer. Winterizing your diet can be healthy — and even tasty — if you add a few favourite winter foods. Start with these.
Beets are rich in nitrates, which means it enhances the blood circulation and has a positive impact on blood pressure. Beets also boost your endurance performance, athletes swear by that magical vegetable. The liver does the heavy work of cleaning your blood and detoxing your body. You may disburden its work with a daily serving of beets. Its nutrients strengthen your immune system, support brain and bone health.
Brussels sprouts have a bad reputation and seem to come out only at Christmas and Thanksgiving. But they contain a lot of Vitamin C which is essential for normal growth and development. The nutrient keeps your immune system strong and helps maintain the health of your skin, teeth and gums.
This root vegetable improves the digestive process and facilitates healthy movement of food through the digestive tract. Parsnips contain a high level of potassium which reduces blood pressure, as well as stress on the heart. It makes a huge impact on keeping cardiovascular system healthy.
It is among the healthiest fruits on earth. Pomegranate has potent anti-inflammatory properties, which are largely mediated by the antioxidant properties of the punicalagins. They are so useful in maintaining effective and healthy blood circulation. Pomegranates have been traditionally used for clearing up the skin as well as for the treatment of sore throats. Other health benefits include being a great cure for heart-related problems, stomach disorders, cancer, dental problems, osteoarthritis, anemia, and diabetes.
It contains the most important minerals needed by the nervous system which are the magnesium, phosphorus and folate. It is concentrated with fiber which is a very vital mineral to regulate digestion. It has been proved that this vegetable is infused with anti-inflammatory and anti-septic properties that are able to fight off inflammation diseases such as arthritis, gout as well as diabetes and obesity. Leeks contain also a type of flavanoid called kaempferol that keeps the lining of the blood vessel healthy.
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