It’s almost wintertime, and we all know about dressing for the cold, but did you know there are foods that can keep you warm as well? There are many healthy foods that are loaded with nutrients that can actually regulate your body temperature and help you deal with cold weather.
Here are the top foods that can help keep you warm:
Bananas. The nutrients in bananas help the thyroid and adrenal glands regulate the body temperature in cold weather.
Whole grains and complex carbs. A study published in Nutrition magazine found that thermogenesis increased after eating complex-carb foods.
Iron rich foods. Some people seem to always have cold hands and feet. This could be a sign of an iron deficiency, and eating foods high in iron may help warm a person up. Lean beef, poultry and pork tenderloin are all good sources of iron.
Coffee. Coffee can help keep a person warm as well, but not for the reason you think. The caffeine in coffee can increase the metabolism by stimulating the release of fatty acids from the body’s fat tissues. This can help increase body temperature.
Warming Spices and Essential Oils
In addition to these foods, there are many spices and essential oils that help keep the body warm as well. (Clink the link to purchase your favorite:)
Cayenne receives a special mention, because not only is it good to eat, but it can sprinkled in socks to help keep the feet warm. Order your cayenne here:
Spices have many amazing health benefits and should be added to our daily diets. Here’s some great information about a variety of spices and their benefits:
Foods to Avoid in the Winter
Most out of season foods are transported halfway across the country (or world) before they reach your dinner table. As a result, their flavor may be reduced in addition to a decrease in nutritional value. Many of these foods may have harmful preservatives added to help them retain freshness as well. In other words, you’re not getting the same nutritional benefit and would be better off eating other in-season foods instead.
Here are the top foods that should be avoided during the winter months:
- Corn on the cob
The foods we eat can either help us or hurt us in many ways. Be mindful of the foods you consume this winter. Your body will thank you!
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