Due to the cold waves we are living in these days we want to help you as long as we can. That is why we have thought of offering you some tips on how to survive the low temperatures with the highest energy possible and without damaging your health.
We must bear in mind that human beings are the only mammals that do not hibernate, and this has its consequences. Perhaps, instead of trying to keep up with our obligations, we should consider our rhythm of life. We should evaluate if it is best for us to keep up with the frenetic pace we have or take the opportunity to relax and rest a bit.
For those who cannot afford to unwind these days, here are some tips on what to eat and drink to combat the cold in a healthy way.
– To warm up: A hot meal or drink when arriving home after a whole day of work always fancy these days. In addition, the cold causes our body to ask us for foods high in calories as our body consumes more energy. Here are some suggestions to keep the heat and energy with healthy food and drink.
1. Soup and broth keep the body at a high temperature and keeps us hydrated. An option to warm up in winter can be a basichi kichari integral rice soup with carrot and arugula. In winter, and to make a Mediterranean adaptation, you can substitute for round brown rice. Adding turmeric and a little freshly ground pepper, according to Ayurvedic tradition, helps prevent and relieve joint pain and inflammation.
2. Fats (or lipids) are one of the main sources of energy for the human body along with carbohydrates. There are two types of fats: saturated and unsaturated. Regular consumption of unsaturated fats (virgin olive oil, vegetables and other ingredients of the Mediterranean diet) is very necessary for our diet to be healthy and balanced. It is also one of our best allies to prevent cardiovascular disease, control the level of cholesterol and triglycerides in the blood, as well as to help regulate our blood pressure.
3. Pasta and rice give us energy through slow-absorption carbohydrates. Also lentils and other legumes are very good these cold moments. They contribute calcium, proteins and are low in fat.
4. Other vegetables such as artichoke, Swiss chard, asparagus, spinach, carrot and Brussels sprouts give us a good dose of energy and vitamin K, C, B6, B3, B2, Omega 3 and manganese, at the same time.
– To help the defense: We must not forget that heat and energy must be accompanied by a strong immune system to beat the challenges of winter.
1. High in vitamin C, onions are a good source of dietary fiber, and folic acid. They also contain calcium, iron, and have a high protein quality and have very useful antirheumatic properties. Onions are low in sodium and contain no fat.
2. Garlic has antibiotic properties that help us fight the effects of cold in our health like certain infections. It also has antioxidant properties.
3. Ginger is a great discovery that can help us in multiple ways. It has anti-inflammatory properties that can help us before, during and after the flu. It even helps fight against pharyngitis, tonsillitis and other diseases conducive to appear with cold.
4. Finally, we cannot forget the fruits. The fruits are important at any time of the year but in these times especially. The citrus fruits (oranges, mandarins, etc.) provide us with Vitamin C to help our immune system. Also Kiwi provides 5 times the amount of vitamin C than oranges do.
So here’s small guide to resist the cold, we hope it is useful and helps you in your day to day. As Shambhala Barcelona we will continue to offer you useful tips to make your life as healthy as possible, to enjoy it to its fullest.