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Seasonal Eating – Winter

In today?s blog post, we feature one of our partner?s post on Seasonal Eating in Winter. For many, change in season can cause sickness. The theory is that the body is acclimatized to functioning in a certain temperature, so as the season changes, the body?s immune system has to re-adapt – making it more vulnerable to infections and viruses.

As the cold days dawn upon us, there are plenty of steps we can take to ward away cold and flu. Below is a highlight of important points of the article from Divine by Therese Kerr:

Flavour with pungent herbs such as garlic, cayenne, tumeric, ginger and chilli – These foods gently heat the body and stimulate the circulation while garlic has the added benefit of fighting both bacterial and viral infections and breaking down mucous

Ensure your foods are ?warm? or heated rather than served cold. Winter is not the time for salads or too many cold fruits.

Winter is a time to eat root vegetables such as sweet potato, carrots, pumpkin and beetroot. – The orange vegetables are naturally high in betacarotene, an antioxidant that helps protect all the mucous membranes of the body, including the lungs. Beetroot gently enhances liver function thereby aiding digestion and helping to relieve constipation. It is considered a natural ?blood tonic?, and can help boost iron levels.

High in vitamin C and alkalising to the body, oranges make a great winter fruit.

Of course, let?s not forget sleeping well, keeping well hydrated (we prefer alkaline water) and wearing adequate clothing to keep warm!