How Should Your Nutrition Change for This Upcoming Winter?
For most of us, our eating habits are mainly determined by convenience and preference. For busy times, we tend to favour something quick, while during our leisurely spells, we often overindulge on our favourite foods. Unfortunately, in neither case do we focus too closely on the nutritional value of our meals. The weather also influences our eating habits, so we favour salads in summer, but prefer warm meals during the winter. However, in practice, the seasons actually create their own demands and a professional nutrition assessment would probably reveal that many of us are consistently overlooking them.
In order for our bodies to adapt to the colder days and nights, and to help ward off the increased likelihood of seasonal illnesses, we need an equally increased reserve of certain essential nutrients that are frequently not available in many of the foodstuffs we love best. For example, extra vitamin C is important in order to reduce tiredness and to strengthen the immune system. In a comparative nutrition assessment, red peppers would be seen to contain three times more vitamin C than oranges, making them an ideal addition to a winter casserole.
A side effect of the winter cold is that it can play havoc with your skin. As the largest organ of the body, the skin is responsible for temperature control and UV protection, as well as providing a natural barrier against microorganisms. In order to function, it requires omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, which are also essential for the health of your eyes, heart, and brain. Fresh salmon is especially rich in these, so for healthy nutrition, assessments by experts suggest you should be sure to include a couple of juicy salmon steaks as a regular part of your winter diet. These omega fatty acids are also found in all oily fish, including sardines, anchovies, herring, and mackerel. In practice, you should try to include some form of oily fish in your diet three times a week all year round, but especially in winter.
Sunshine is important, not just for warmth and light, but for its role in producing vitamin D. On those grey days, to help maintain adequate nutrition, a professional assessment would confirm the best substitutes for sunshine are cheese, egg yolk, soy milk, cereals and, would you believe it, oily fish. In addition, mushrooms, blueberries, bananas, and cinnamon all offer important health benefits when winter bites.
A healthy diet is only half of the recipe for health. Exercise is also essential. When you join any of the fitness programmes at Body20, you start with a professional nutrition assessment. Thereafter, you will enjoy a personalised workout regimen and be monitored continuously.