The drop in the temperature brings with it illness for most of the people. Seasonal changes are not “gentle and easy”. It impacts directly on our mood, health, sleep and general behavior. One’s energy levels are considerably lowered, general mood depressed and vitality sapped. Common ailments like cold, asthma, cough, flu, sinus, fever, arthritis, allergies are the major symptoms found in people during the winter season. Lips get chapped, hair is brittle. Healthy diet is required to keep intact the warmness of body. Many people experience brief stab of severe pain while eating or drinking something too cold. Some of the foods which we can avoid during cold season are:
Dairy can thicken phlegm already present, making you feel more uncomfortable and irritating your throat. If you have a cold with a cough, avoid milk. During winter when we are more susceptible to cold its best to reduce your dairy intake. Milk and products of milk like cheese, butter and other dairy products can cause increased congestion in the nose, throat & chest.
Hot & cold drinks:
Be warned, as this might make you want to spit out your coffee, but that hot drink you’re sipping on could actually be making you colder. Drinking alcohol lowers your core body temperature, increases your risk for hypothermia and prevents your body from naturally shivering to keep warm. The reason why you feel warm while drinking alcohol is that your blood vessels dilate and send warm blood away from your core and towards your skin. This effect is only temporary and in the end significantly decreases your body’s ability to fight the cold.
Meat and eggs are known to be the best source of protein. High protein can cause a build-up of mucus in your throat. Processed meat and high fat meat can cause problem, while fish and poultry are relatively safer. Choose organic meat instead of processed.
Deep fried food is a source of trans-fat and adds up to your total calorie consumption without giving you any actual food value. Fried food also runs the risk of making your stomach upset.
Non seasonal fruits:
Off season fruits and vegetables can be avoided for consumption during winter because they are not fresh. It can cause illness and health problems. Peas, tomatoes, asparagus, wax beans are some of the veggies that are not suitable to eat in winter season.
Too much sugar intake can weaken the immune system as per doctor. During winter we go through seasonal effective disorder. Rich food cause rise in blood sugar levels and raises insulin. Coconut sugar is best alternative it contains traces of potassium, iron, B-vitamins, and it has a (reportedly) low glycemic index (GI). It is also called miracle sugar.
During winter, we naturally tend to drink less water and due to the dry weather, the chance of being dehydrated is high. Alcohol can be a good option to warm up your body but alcohol dehydrates the body extensively which can be most damaging during winter. Alcohol increases your body temperature quickly which adds to the chance of getting cold during winter.