Cold temperatures and dark days can bring more than just the winter blues, with studies showing that they can lower our immune systems and increase cardiovascular risks.
Nutritional experts recommend these three superfoods to add to our daily diets to stay resilient through the season.
Research shows that garlic compounds can boost white blood cells' disease-fighting response in our bodies. "You can thank sulfuric compounds and other micronutrients in garlic for helping to keep you well," says Kim Yawitz, a nutritional therapist. She explains that "the compound Allicin has strong antimicrobial capabilities and may help you to ward off bacteria and viruses". Here are four tips on how to cut and cook garlic to maximise its flavour and nutritional benefits.
Ginger was first introduced to Europe in the 1st century through ancient Roman trade routes to India. The root contains potent antioxidant properties, including 6-Gingerol that helps decrease inflammation and relieve congestion and digestion issues. Follow this soothing ginger tea recipe to stay warm and healthy this winter.
Fruits such as oranges, grapefruits, and lemons are high in vitamin C, minerals, and chemicals to stimulate white blood cells' production to help our bodies fight off infections. Regular vitamin C intake can also decrease low-density lipoprotein cholesterol and triglyceride concentrations to reduce heart disease risk. Citrus fruits hit peak season during the winter months - here are 19 citrus-inspired salad recipes to brighten your winter days.