Eat right to beat the winter chill! These 6 edibles are right on point!

Published on:30 December 2019, 14:00pm IST
Sipping over that bowl of warm soup is too passe. Try consuming these six foods and drinks instead to warm up your body this winter season.
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Say bye-bye to winter chill in the most natural way. Image courtesy: Shutterstock.

With dipping temperatures, people are taking a number of measures to ensure that they stay warm. 

Hot showers, warm clothes, and snuggling under the quilt may seem like the preferable choice to increase body temperature and remain warm, but they are not the only modes.

With falling temperatures, the body’s metabolism slows down to conserve energy, thus making us feel sleepy and lethargic. 

From a cup of hot beverage to a bowl of nuts or honey, there are a number of edibles that not only help in warming up the body but also help boost energy and help one survive the colder climate.

Here are six foods and drinks to keep the body warm during winters:

1. The good old adrak wali chai
One of the best ways of keeping the body warm during winter is by having a piping hot cup of ginger tea. 

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A cup of steaming hot ginger tea will help raise your body temperature! Image courtesy: Shutterstock

According to a study, first published in HHS Author Manuscript, ginger shows thermogenic properties that help in raising the body temperature of humans and also has satiety-inducing effects on them.

Also, read: My #momsays & science proves: Ginger is the best way to reduce menstrual cramps without popping pills

2. Coffee lovers, rejoice!
Any warm beverage helps to kick-start the internal heating mechanism. However, caffeine in coffee releases fatty acids, which help in heating the body from within. 

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Kick-start your winter morning with a hot cup of coffee to keep your body warm! GIF courtesy: GIPHY

A study conducted by the University of Colorado Boulder suggests that caffeine ingestion is associated with an increased core body temperature.

Also, read: Drinking coffee, tea might help you avoid the holiday bulge

3. Binge on those root veggies
Vegetables like radish, turnip and sweet potatoes that grow below the ground keep the body warm. The body requires more time to digest these vegetables, which in turn generates more heat.

Also, read: 8 finger-licking-good ways of eating beetroot. You’re welcome!

4. The three-ingredient wonder drink- Honey and cinnamon in warm milk
Cinnamon has warming properties and is an antioxidant, which helps in fighting symptoms of cold and flu. Whereas, honey reduces cough symptoms in winter and improves sleep.

Honey and cinnamon work like magic during winters! Image courtesy: Shutterstock

These two ingredients mixed in milk help keep the body warm. Milk in itself is a storehouse of protein, vitamins A and B12 and calcium, which has beneficial effects on the body, reveals National Healthcare Service, UK.

5. Include red meat in diet
Red meat like mutton or lamb is a good source of iron. Iron helps carry oxygen throughout the body. 

A study, published in PubMed, cites that poor temperature regulation in both human and animal models has been associated with iron deficiency. 

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A well-grilled meat makes for a warm treat. GIF courtesy: GIPHY

Eating red meat supplies the body with vitamin B12, which contributes to healthy nerves and a strong immune system.

6. Bring out that dabba of nuts
Almonds, peanuts, walnuts, pistachios or cashews are known to increase the warmth in the body within a short duration of consumption. Nuts help in speeding up metabolism, thus increasing body temperature.

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Nuts act as small shots of energy to combat the cold. GIF courtesy: GIPHY

A study, published in the journal Nutrition & Metabolism, showed that food rich in protein like nuts increase the thermic effect of food, which further boost the metabolic rate of the body.

Also, read: Hungry kya? This low-calorie oats-and-nuts bar is the perfect evening snack

These easily available ingredients and handy food and drinks are sure to work wonders.

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