Winter Wellness: highly nutritious foods to keep you healthy this winter – WCBD News 2

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Symptoms of the common cold or flu tend to ramp up in the winter, so we want to help you stock your pantry and fridge full of immune-boosting, germ-fighting foods.

So, how can eating right help your body… feel right? Well, while feeling under the weather, eating a nutrient-dense diet high in zinc, vitamin C, and other anti-inflammatory properties may do the trick. According to experts at Cleveland Clinic, “A healthy diet can help control the most significant symptom of immune responses — inflammation.” 

Let’s start with ginger. Not only does ginger contain anti-inflammatory and healing properties, but it’s also helpful in aiding proper digestion and can even warm your palate when it’s cold. Whether you use fresh or dried ginger, this spice can be easily added to recipes for a healthy boost. Make a ginger chai latte at home or add freshly chopped ginger to your homemade chicken soup recipe. 

Another antioxidant-rich veggie that offers many health benefits is turmeric. Turmeric is known to enhance the natural antibody response to fight infections. Add turmeric to your spice blend before roasting vegetables, or if you’re feeling spicy, make a homemade juice shot using turmeric, ginger, and carrots.

Speaking of carrots, this vegetable is a fridge staple and always useful to have on hand. Carrots are rich in vitamin C which can help your immune system to fight off infections. It can be as simple as roasting them in the oven with olive oil and spices or adding them to a classic stew.

Up next, broth! Whether it’s made of beef, chicken, or vegetables, including broth in your diet is beneficial in helping stimulate your immune system and reducing inflammation. You can purchase broth at your local market, but it’s always best to make it from scratch. You can add it to chilies, soups, gravies, and pot pies all winter long. 

Another staple to keep on hand, celery! Celery has dozens of alkalizing properties and minerals such as magnesium and iron. If you’re struggling to figure out how to incorporate celery into your diet, try adding it to a baking dish with potatoes, carrots, onions, and freshly chopped garlic for the perfect plant-based side dish, or use them atop a salad for the perfect crunch. 

This last one isn’t just for the summer – citrus. Lemons, oranges, grapefruits, limes, or clementines, the list of citrus goes on! Eating these juicy fruits can play a major role in supporting a healthy immune system while promoting detoxification and digestion. Add the juice to vinaigrettes, immunity shots, sauces, dressings, or simply to your glass of water. 

The list of immune-boosting, germ-fighting foods goes beyond this. And we aren’t saying they will heal your illnesses through and through, but they are proven to provide anti-inflammatory responses. A healthy winter diet doesn’t have to be hard. It can be affordable, and easy to make, and your body will thank you later.

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