It seems like the Indian Summer is coming to an end here in Switzerland. Temperatures are dropping and people are starting to wear their winter jackets, scarves, and hand gloves. While the weather is preparing us already slowly for the winter, we can also do many things to prepare ourselves for the cold season in order to stay happy, healthy, and beautiful. In my new blog series with, I will talk about all my tips and tricks how I am trying to enjoy the cold season by staying happy, healthy, and feeling beautiful.
This first part is all about what you can do to give your body an extra boost to stay healthy and fit.
You can use certain superfoods in order to boost your immune system and to nourish your soul.
Turmeric – Provides you with extra power
Turmeric provides you with everything that you need in order to stay healthy and relaxed during busy times. First of all, it has an anti-bacterial effect and is therefore preventive of colds. Secondly, it is acting as antioxidant, which means it is protecting your cells from the destruction by free radicals. Most important it is helping your digestion in case of bloating, upset stomach or hangover, which you might have after all the upcoming holidays (Thanksgiving, Christmas, or Hanukkah).
You can use turmeric easily for pimping up your tea. Just add 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder to hot water. Add some black pepper as well. It increases its effectiveness. This tea will keep you warm and healthy.
Ginger – Keeps your digestion relaxed
Ginger has anti-inflammatory and painkilling effects. Studies have found that his analgesic characteristic is similar to those of conventional painkillers such as ibuprofen, only that ginger is friendlier to your body and does not attack your gastrointestinal system. Ginger contains gingerol and shogaol, which is heating up your body from the inside and stimulates your blood circulation. This means that it is becoming more difficult for bacterias to stay in your body.
Just add a small piece of ginger to your everyday tea, you can also combine it with turmeric and black pepper.
Chestnuts – Warming and nerve strengthening
Chestnuts are having a warming effect on our body. Furthermore, they are strengthening our nerves. Why is that? Chestnuts are having a very high amount of potassium (707 mg per 100g). The level of potassium in our body has a direct effect on our psyche. People with very low potassium level tend to feel depressed or burned out, while people with high potassium level feeling more vital. Exactly what we need when it is getting dark and cold outside.
Luckily it is very easy to snack chestnuts. Just switch on your oven (200°C), scratch the chestnuts with a sharp knife and leave them in for about 30 minutes.
Enjoy those superfoods and let me know how you like them.