5 hacks for surviving winter from nutritionist Vidhi Patel

As the nights are getting darker earlier and the chill has set in, winter is fast approaching. We’ve asked for the help of Vidhi Patel, a nutritionist and homeopath. We’ve asked her to provide us with some kick hacks for surviving winter. 

Here are her top five tips for surviving the season.

1. Fall in love with seasonal winter fruits and vegetables

With the arrival of the new season, now is the time to change your diet! Embrace the foods that autumn offers. Enjoy fresh pumpkins, parsnips, sweet potatoes, turnips, apples and even cranberries! There are some excellent salad combinations which include the above vegetables. For example: pumpkin soup, roasted root vegetables or baked sweet potatoes with cranberries and a dash of lime.

2. Boost your immune system

It’s that time of the year where you need to focus on boosting your immune system. Include foods like onions, mushrooms, garlic and Vitamins B-complex based foods such as whole grains, nuts, seeds and dark green leafy vegetables. Boost the level of zinc and magnesium in the body to avoid achy muscles and joints by stocking up on herbs like propolis, ginger, astragalus, berberis with some Manuka honey, which is extremely beneficial.

Also try and have one bottle of ACTIVE GOLD COLLAGEN first thing in the morning before any food or drink for 1-2 months depending upon your lifestyle and diet. Since it has L-Carnitine in it, it helps to boost the amino acid levels in the body that are required for boosting the immune system which we need the most in winter months.

3. Herbal Teas will be your new best friend

Drink lots of herbal teas like fennel, milk-thistle, tulsi, lemon-grass, ginger and liquorice, etc. Fresh ginger is wonderful. You can make a fresh tea by boiling six slices in hot water so that the goodness is released. Astragalus tea also helps to boost the skin and over all immune system.

4. Avoid caffeinated drinks

Try to avoid having too much coffee or any form of alcohol. It works as a temporary thermo-stimulant but the effects won’t last and they have high dehydrating properties which is never good when the cold weather and central heating is zapping your skin of moisture.

5. Do not forget your water intake per day

It is very important to continue to drink a sufficient amount of water per day even though it’s cold and you are craving hot drinks. You may not feel the need as the hot months are over, but tacking fluid loss is still an important consideration. Your body needs at least 2 litres of water per day. To make drinking water a little bit more interesting, drop in a slice of lemon. This is one of the best alkaline drinks to start your cold winter morning with.

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