We all know that winter is cold and dry. Our skin dries out and gets itchy. Our sinuses dry out, making us more prone to infections and colds. Our joints can get dried out, aggravating arthritis. Our intestinal tracts can become dried out, leading to constipation, gas, and bloating. Lucky for us, nature has provided just the right antidotes to help us combat the cold, dry air of winter. To stay balanced in the winter, focus on foods that are warm, moist, heavy, and oily.
- Eat more foods that are sweet, sour, salty, heavy, oily, moist, or hot such as soups, stews, root veggies, steamed veggies, warm herbal teas, and foods that are warm, moist, oily, and cooked. Root veggies, like beets, carrots, potatoes, and sweet potatoes are nutritional powerhouses loaded with fiber, minerals, vitamins, and antioxidants that are designed by nature to help you get through the winter.
- Eat less foods that are spicy, bitter, astringent, light, cold, or dry such as salads, smoothies, cold foods and beverages, crackers, chips, and salsa.
- Eat more fat such as butter, avocado, olive oil, and coconut oil. Fat lubricates the mucus lining of the intestines, lungs, and sinuses while also providing insulation and nutrients to keep you healthy during the winter.
- Eat more protein such as meat, eggs, nuts, seeds, and yogurt. Adequate protein is essential for structural strength, skin health, immunity, and so much more.
- Eat more fermented foods such as fermented cheese, yogurt, sauerkraut, or kombucha. Fermented foods, in condiment size portions, support healthy gut microbial immunity and help to warm the body.
- Eat more soluble fiber like oats, barley, nuts, seeds, beans, lentils, grains, peas, okra, and Brussel sprouts. Soluble fiber, when mixed with water, becomes thick and slimy, lubricating the intestinal tract.