While sipping a warm cup of coffee summarises how most people like to spend their time in winter, it is also marked by a number of health problems. However, most of these conditions can be dealt with proper care, diet and precaution.
In low temperatures, immunity decreases, making us vulnerable to health problems. Cold, cough, fever and sore throat are synonymous as well as common during winter.
“It’s that time of the year when markets are flooded with variety of seasonal fruits and vegetables. In any season, the best thing to have is seasonal fruits; they are good for health and help boost immunity” says Shilpa Joshi, nutritionist and dietician.
Joshi also added that instead of fried foods, candies and sweets, one can have hot soups, vegetables, fruits, nuts, protein-rich foods.
“One should intake minimum amount fatty foods and plenty of fluids such as hot beverages; herbal tea, green tea, juices which are not too cold,” Joshi added.
She also added that intake of Vitamin C, an antioxidant in the form of citrus fruits, strawberries, broccoli, green peppers, apples, guavas helps in boost your immunity during winter.
Along with Vitamin C, drinking water is equally important.
“During winters, thirst for water reduces, which causes dehydration, which makes the blood viscous and puts pressure on the heart by making it work harder to pump blood. So, it is important to keep the body hydrated,” the doctor added.