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5 Foods To The Rescue For Winter Dryness

Winter is cold and dry. Our skin gets dry, our sinuses begin to dry out, and even our joints dry out. The body get easily dry out if is not not alleviate by foods and activities that are warm, moist heavy and oily, the body will dry out. Dry skin is a minor inconvenience of winter, but when dryness infiltrates the intestinal and respiratory tracts, it can cause a chain reaction of imbalances.

Sluggish, dry bowels, gas, bloating and increased levels of toxicity are a results of an dry intestinal tract. Researchers believes that 80% of the body’s immune system lives in the intestinal area, which can be compromised when the intestinal skin dries out. Unfortunately, most people are facing that problem in the winter and this is the time we need our immunity the most.

Do you notice a lot of people get cold, viruses, and get sicker during winter time? The reason is when the skin that lines the respiratory tract dries out, the mucus lining can become hypersensitive, forcing the production of excess mucus. Now what is happening the body makes more mucus to combat the seasonal dryness, the excess mucus and it become a breeding ground for undesirable bacteria. And, Just like in the intestines, the body’s optimal immunity depends on the healthy balance of mucus production in the sinuses and lungs. Therefore, Good morning health problem!

Like usual, nature provides the solution. Harvest of warm, high protein, fatty foods during the winter helps to balance this cold and extreme dryness. That is why the more you eat seasonal foods, the body is more prepared to face and defend you through the long and cold winter. Especially for people like me that lives in Canada.

5 Foods to help you during winter

1- Fiber

One of the best antidote to the cold and dry of winter is by increasing the amount of soluble fiber you eat. When soluble fiber mixes with water, it becomes slimy and lubricating the gut. This is the best of nature’s strategies to insulate the gut from the coldness and dryness of winter by soothing, warming and lubricating the intestinal walls. So remember to have some oat for your breakfast.

To best support your winter soluble fiber intake, You can have : oat bran, barley, nuts, seeds, beans, lentils, grains, peas and some fruits and veggies like okra and Brussels sprouts any slimy vegetables that you know.

2- Fermented Foods.

The bacteria in fermented foods are good to help with vitamin C and also good bacteria. Sauerkraut is really good.

3- More protein

During winter we need essential nutrients for structural strength, skin health, immunity, and it is the best time to have more protein because they are the building blocks of the body.

If you’re not a vegetarian, it’s good to eat a little bit more animal meat this time of year (you do not need more than 10 percent of your diet).

Nuts and seeds are naturally high in protein and fat, and provide the much-needed insulation in the winter. They are high in omega-3 fatty acids and minerals. Seeds are somewhat preferable in the winter over nuts because they are lighter and easy to digest.

4- Root Veggies

Yam, Taro roots, beets, carrots, potatoes, and sweet potatoes grow underground all summer, giving nature time to build more density in the form of concentrated proteins and fats. They are nutritional powerhouses – they are rich in fiber, minerals, vitamin A, and vitamin C, and loaded with antioxidants.

5- More Fat

During the winter months, a higher-fat diet provides insulation along with the nutrients you need to rebuild and rejuvenate before nature’s new year come spring. Higher fat foods also lubricate the mucus lining of the intestines, lungs and sinuses. Avocado and coconut oil are my favorite.

But still be cautious of the quality of coconut oil and guess what, you can also eat your coconut. Check out the coconut milk I share on YouTube. It is tasty and nutritious.

Perpetue Robert, Naturopath

Take care of your body this winter and stay healthy. Do you eat tubers? Which ones do you like?

Perpetue Robert, Naturopath

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