Winter months are hard on our senior citizens. It is important that they have healthy organic food and a nutritious diet throughout the year but especially in the winters. The winter months bring on certain extra hardships like the cold, lack of sunlight, cough, cold, body ache, and stiffness.
In order to keep in good health, both in body and mind, they have to take certain extra precautions against loss of appetite, lack of movement, and intake of certain food which will keep them healthy and give them the nutrition they need for this season.
A note here: I advocate organic food, vegetables, fruits, nuts, and grains, always; unless conventional food is safe to eat as no human ought to be consuming food that is full of chemicals and harmful for our body.
The following organic food should be included in the diet:
Carrots, beets, potatoes, yams, sweet potatoes are all high in vitamin A, B, C, and a good source of iron and other minerals as well as dietary fiber. They are all slow-burning Carbs that make you feel full after a meal.
Dark Leafy Vegetables:
Spinach, Sarson, bathua, methi or fenugreek, and other Saag, broccoli, cabbage, etc. are rich in antioxidants, vitamins, and dietary fiber.
Citric food :
Oranges, grapefruits, pineapples are rich in vitamin C which keeps out cold and flu. Vitamin C is an absolute essential for winter skincare.
Food full of Omega three fatty acids :
Add walnuts and Alsi or flaxseed, til or sesame seeds to your diet. They are rich in Omega 3 which reduces inflammation, helps in heart disease, arthritis, and even cancer.
Food full of the very essential Vitamin D
Winter months mean less sunshine, which is the best source of Vitamin D. One should try and get as much sunshine as possible in the winters, if possible, and include vitamin D rich foods like egg yolks, seafood, grains, and milk, cheese, yogurt in our diet.
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Chicken fish eggs and legumes are a good source of proteins so include these in your diet.
Cranberries, Blueberries help against liver disease, keep the urinary tract healthy, and lowers the blood pressure which goes up in the winter months.
Serotonin boosting food:
Serotonin affects our mood and due to the lack of sunlight, its level goes down during winters. So add oats brown rice, pumpkin to your diet to boost your serotonin levels.
The list of organic food is not only essential for senior citizens but for the whole family as well. In addition to these, some other power-packed winter foods which should be included in our diet during winters are here
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