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Healthy Habits: Winter Health

During the winter months, our bodies generate extra energy in order to keep us warm and this is also a reason why we feel hungrier during this time of year. Some of the most nutritious foods to eat during these next months, and to combat challenges such as dry skin are root vegetables, nuts and seeds. Also, remember to stay hydrated and, above all, maintain a positive mindset!

Root Veggies

Organic carrots, beets, turnips, sweet potatoes and other root vegetables have a warming effect on our bodies and also provide natural energy via their high iron content, which you just might need before shoveling the driveway this winter! You can roast them, lacto-ferment, and/or juice them. Find a way to include them into your diet.

Baked organic sweet potatoes in the oven, or organic sweet potato French fries are delicious and highly nutritious – loaded with vitamins and minerals. (Fries can be made healthier in an air fryer! If you haven’t tried an air fryer yet, I recommend Aria Brand because it is Teflon-free/ceramic.)

Organic lacto-fermented beets and beet juice are especially nutritious. You can combine fresh beet juice or lacto-fermented beet juice with fresh pressed 100 percent organic pineapple juice for added vitamin C and immune system support. (See my previous column on fermented foods in the June 9th, 2022 edition of the Clarion).

Nuts & Seeds

Adding into your winter diet more raw, organic almonds, walnuts, sunflower seeds, cashews, pumpkin seeds and flax seeds, for instance, helps prevent dry, itchy skin and chapped lips that so often happens during this time of year. By making sure you’re consuming more foods with essential fatty acids, you are moisturizing from the inside out. The amino acids and fatty acids in nuts and seeds help “lubricate” your joints as well.

Hydration

Make sure to also stay hydrated and drink plenty of filtered water or spring water. An external dryness reflects an internal dryness/dehydration. Dehydration also affects your mood so stay hydrated for overall health and for help with a positive mood/mindset.

Moisturize

Two of the best moisturizers to apply externally for chapped lips and all of your moisturizing needs, especially during wintertime, are: organic, fair trade shea butter (I recommend Fair Tale Brand) and organic, unrefined/virgin, fair trade coconut oil (Dr. Bronner’s Brand is the best!).

Be Well, God Bless You, and Happy New Year!!! May it be the best one yet!

By Jennifer Wimmer

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