The cold weather puts a strain on our physical health. The dangers are everywhere: crowded places, homes and offices too warm outside temperatures below zero, the elements that lower our immune system, circulation of seasonal viruses, and so on.
The first form of protection that we have to practice against all these risk factors is eating well, feeding your body with foods that help us strengthen our "barriers" against natural ailments typical of this period.
One of the most insidious problems of the winter is cold, which comes with a runny nose, cough, headaches and various other symptoms anything but pleasant.
As we have repeated many times, the diet is crucial to ensure the body intake of all the nutrients necessary for its well being. Especially in winter, when we are subjected to considerable stress environmental and weather, it is necessary to nourish the body in a timely, intelligent and varied.
Colds, as well as many other ailments of the cold season, can be prevented and cured thanks to certain foods with natural therapeutic properties. Which are?
The first group of foods available to keep out all seasonal ailments linked to cold are those containing carotenoids, in particular beta-carotene. In this group there are first of all the carrots, but also other fruits and vegetables red, yellow and orange, like tomatoes, squash, beets, and so on. High levels of carotenoids may also be found in green leafy vegetables such as spinach, broccoli and turnip greens.
Let's move on, then, to foods rich in vitamin C, like all citrus fruits, kiwi, pineapple, cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, turnip greens, chicory, peppers, tomatoes, liver, milk, meat and fish. Vitamin C is a nutrient with extraordinary antioxidant properties and is effective in the prevention of many ailments typical of autumn and winter, including colds.
The last group of foods that make the war to seasonal illnesses are those that are high in Vitamin E, another vitamin essential for strengthening the immune system. What to eat to supplement vitamin E? Wheat germ, almonds, hazelnuts and oil seeds.
With a healthy and balanced diet you will say goodbye forever to cold, cough, headache, fever and flu.