Research has proven certain diets can prevent the typical spat of winter-related illnesses, from stuffy colds to dry coughs
A nutrient-rich diet can be beneficial for a variety of reasons from weight loss to improved energy levels, but it can also serve as a preventative for the illnesses that crop up during cold, bitter winter months.
November is due to hit record low temperatures, and Australia has recently suffered the most severe flu outbreak in several decades.
Flu, cold, and coughs aren’t the only negative winter effect to deal with: dry, patchy skin and increased rates of depression are also common effects of the gloomy months ahead.
Research has revealed four foods that can help combat these negative “winter effects” and even prevent them.
Avocados are recognized to have a variety of health benefits. A lesser-known one is that it can help to prevent parched skin.
Cold winds can lead to flare-ups of psoriasis and eczema, as well as generally drying out skin. The fats an avocado contains can help with this issue, even consuming half an avocado a day can make a difference.
Certain foods not only help with the effects of winter-related sickness but can also help avoid getting ill entirely
To combat the dreaded stuffed nose, ginger is the best option: ginger is a great addition to any meal and contains gingerol, which can help clear a stuffy nose.
Ginger can also actually offer protection from the virus which causes infections in the respiratory tract. To reap the benefits, a coin-sized ginger piece a week (fresh) should do it.
For dry, scratchy, or sore throats garlic has been proven to decrease cold symptoms, sore throat included 70 percent faster and can reduce the chance of getting sick by approximately 60 percent.
Garlic’s sulfur compounds are known to boost the immune system, which is where its beneficial properties come from.
Lastly, to combat depression, a portion of red meat could be the solution. The amino acids found in meat can boost the body’s so-called “happy hormones” like serotonin and dopamine.
Between one and two portions weekly will help improve your mood.