During chilling winter our energy level is reduced to a great extent. But don’t worry, Here is a list of 7 healthy Indian food to keep you warm and energetic in winters
Honey acts as medicine against cold and flu in winters. Honey is among one of the very few Indian foods without an expiry date. Honey is easy to digest but is warm in nature so excessive intake of honey is forbidden in summer. It contains flavonoids, antioxidants which help reduce the risk of some cancers and heart disease. Honey is an excellent source of natural energy as the natural unprocessed sugar present in it enters your bloodstream directly and this in turn give a quick flow of energy. This quick boost works like a wonder for your workout, especially in longer endurance exercises. Honey also boosts your immune system.
Nothing beats the winter chill like a hot cup of tea with ginger. You should take ginger in small quantities daily to keep yourself warm and strengthen your resistance power in winter season. Going to gym is tough in winters due to muscle pain but Ginger has been shown to be effective against exercise-induced muscle pain. Ginger supports healthy digestion and immunity. It’s warming to the body and also boasts anti-nausea, anti inflammatory, and antioxidant compounds.
3. DRY FRUITS
You can add dry fruits like cashew, almonds, dates etc to your regular salad, milk or eat them raw as they are good in generating heat in the body. They also help in curing iron and vitamin deficiency diseases.
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Regular intake of cinnamon in winters will help you to increase body metabolism and generate heat. You can add it with tea, coffee or your milkshake. Cinnamon have positive effects on blood sugar levels, digestion and immunity.
Saffron is one of the most important ingredient in royal Indian dishes, help us in combating winter and also gives us a glowing skin. Best way is to boil it with milk and almonds and taken before going to sleep. The active components in saffron have many therapeutic applications in traditional medicines as antiseptic, antidepressant, antioxidant, digestive. Saffron is also an excellent source of minerals like copper, potassium, calcium, manganese, iron, selenium, zinc and magnesium.
6. SESAME SEEDS
The natural oils of sesame seeds have been connected to a reduction in hypertension in a number of research studies, which reduces the strain on your cardiovascular system and help to prevent various cardiac conditions. It also helps to keep you warm during winters. The components of sesame seeds, like magnesium, have been connected to reducing the chances of diabetes and managing the symptoms in patients having already developed the condition. Besides, Sesame seeds have significant fibre which helps in digestion.
Turmeric is well known to reduce inflammation and keep the body warm. It should be used with all vegetables or even to drink along with hot milk. The compound curcumin present in turmeric has been known to interfere with cancer development in the body. Studies have also suggested that curcumin help to improve memory in Alzheimer’s patients.
So, while winter is knocking door, don’t forget to add these 7 healthy Indian foods in your diet to keep yourself warm.
– by SHAURYA RITWIK, Shaurya is Sub-Editor at NewsGram and writes on Geo-politcs, Culture, Indology and Business. Twitter Handle – @shauryaritwik