Winter’s upon us! Despite the shorter days and temperatures taking a nosedive, there’s much to rejoice about this time of year. Yes, it might be chilly, but that means you can get cosy in front of a fire! Yes, it’s a little rainy (maybe even a little snowy), but that means you can take your favourite waterproof coat out of hibernation!
There are reasons to feel festive; moments to be shared with loved ones, and celebrations to be had – ‘tis the season, after all. Winter can be a really magical time, but it can also take a toll on you if you’re not ready for it.
Does cold weather make you sick?
We’ve all heard old wives tales about cold air being the main culprit for making you ill. Whilst it’s not exactly a direct cause, studies show that viruses (especially the one that causes the common colds) are more likely to spread during colder months. Weather and other factors also affect your immune system, which takes a bit of a hit during winter months, weakening your body’s ability to fight off illness.
Your immune system needs a boost: the Top 3 Superfoods for Winter
It’s important to strengthen your body from the inside out so that it’s more effective in warding off sickness throughout the year, but it’s even more crucial to prepare it for the challenge ahead at the turn of the season. Your intake of essential vitamins and minerals can make all the difference, allowing you to maintain a healthy and strong immune system.
That being said, we’ve rounded up the best superfoods for Winter to keep you supercharged.
1. Camu Camu
Vitamin C strengthens your immune system as it’s thought to increase production of white blood cells, and these guys are key to fighting infections. A lot of us turn to vitamin C either during a cold or after it’s been and gone, but it’s better to keep it topped up throughout the year because your body doesn’t produce or efficiently store this vitamin, so daily intake is essential.
Include lots of citrus fruits, such as oranges, grapefruit and lemons, as part of your diet. For an even stronger boost, become acquainted with Kiki Health Camu Camu Organic Powder, of od our go-to superfoods for Winter.
Camu Camu is a small berry type fruit renowned for it’s naturally high levels of Vitamin C. You can add it to your morning smoothie, use it as a topping on your cereal or porridge. You can even use it for baking!
We also recommend Kiki Health Alkaline infusion, an elixir that can added to water for an easy dose of Vitamin C. Plus, a serving of this has 22% of the recommended daily calcium intake, in addition to potassium and magnesium to help restore the body’s natural balance.
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We’ve been known to rave about the health benefits of turmeric. It’s a wonderful spice that has earned its stripes as a tried and tested super food. Aside from being used as a key ingredient in cooking, it’s been adapted for use as an anti-inflammatory. Its high concentration of curcumin helps decrease muscle damage and helps boost immunity with its antioxidant effects. How couldn’t it be one of our fav superfoods for Winter?
One of our top picks is Wunderworkshop’s Organic Golden Turmeric. You can add it as an active ingredient to your favourite savoury meals, or try our plant-based golden milk recipe – a gorgeous winter warmer that will leave you feeling nourished.
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3. Matcha Green Tea
Who doesn’t love a cuppa when it’s cold and grey outside? Swappin’ your traditional English breakfast tea with a matcha green tea can be hugely beneficial.
Although both green and black teas are packed with flavonoids, a type of antioxidant, good quality matcha green tea packs a bigger punch with its high EGCG content. It’s also a great source of amino acids, which contribute to germ-fighting compounds in your T-cells.
Although high-quality loose-leaf green tea is a great way to incorporate this superfood into your diet, you’ll often find that the stuff in the supermarkets is mass-produced and processed in such a way that most health benefits are stripped away.
On the other hand, high-grade matcha tea such as OMGTEA Organic Matcha Green Tea AAA+ Grade, is ground manually from whole green tea leaves through a process that maintains the nutrients intact. Aside from antioxidants, it contains high levels of Vitamins A, C, E and Theanine.
The best part? You can enjoy it as a cold or hot drink, use the powder for cooking or fuel your smoothies with it. It has a unique taste that is rich and delicate. Click here to read more about this powerful tea and learn how to make the perfect matcha.
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