The season brings with it festive cheer and holidays. Along with all the fun, it also comes with a host of health issues such as dry, dull and flaky skin, respiratory problems and joint pain. You can fight off these winter worries by incorporating healthy foods in your daily diet.
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The dry and cold weather robs the skin of valuable moisture and natural oils leading to dull, dry and flaky skin. The skin tends to lose its natural glow, but with a proper skincare routine and the right combination of food you can get a glowing skin and look gorgeous all the time.
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Here’s how you can nourish your skin with these tips for glowing skin –
1) Drink water
Most of us consume less water during winter, resulting in dehydration, and dull and dry skin. Water helps flush out impurities from your body and helps keep the skin hydrated. It is one of best home remedies for glowing skin and one of the easiest beauty tips to maintain the health of your skin during winters. If you want to fight winter worries, drink at least 7-8 glasses of water daily to get healthy, soft, clear and glowing skin.
2) Carrot, Beetroot and Tomato Juice
These foods contain nutrients such as beta carotene, vitamin C, potassium, calcium, iron, phosphorous and minerals like copper, iodine and highly digestible carbohydrates. This combination contains biologically active components which help to rejuvenate the cells of the body, detoxify the liver and give you a glowing skin at home!
How to make it:
Take 2 tomatoes, 1 large red carrot and 1 fresh and juicy beetroot. Pass all these through a juicer to extract the juice. It’s ready!
3) Neem Juice
Neem has many health benefits. Its anti-aging and antioxidant components can work wonders for the skin. It protects the skin from harmful UV rays and pollution. Neem also works as a blood purifier and aids detoxification. So, regular consumption of neem juice during winter can help in keeping the skin soft and remove wrinkles on the face. Take 30 ml or 2 tablespoons of neem juice after every meal to reap from the benefits of this wonder plant.
4) Gooseberries and Strawberries
These berries are a great food for glowing skin. The Omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants in strawberries and gooseberries help keep the skin soft and supple during the harsh weather. They also maintain the skin tone, clear spots and marks, and reduce expression lines on the face.
5) Green Tea
This is one of the best beverages for skincare. Rich in antioxidants, green tea helps fight inflammation and bacteria in the body. Its steam (vapours) detoxifies pores and keeps the skin hydrated. Green tea delays aging, protects the skin from UV rays and improves skin tone.
Cold weather is bad for the bones. In winter, joint pain, knee pain and stiffness is common, even among people who are not suffering from arthritis, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. These pains, if severe, can keep you from enjoying the Christmas festivities and New Year celebrations. Try these home remedies and relieve your joint pain! –
6) Ginger Tea
Ginger can help reduce inflammation, one of the main causes of joint pain. So, for relief start your day with a nice hot cup of ginger tea!
How to make it: For the tea, boil 2 cups of water, add ½ teaspoon each ground ginger and ground turmeric. Reduce to a simmer and allow to cool for 10-15 minutes. Strain, add honey according to taste.
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7) Turmeric Milk
Turmeric’s anti-inflammatory components help alleviate joint pain. It also aids in warding of infections and bacteria. This makes turmeric an essential ingredient in your winter healthcare package. So, to get some relief from the aches and colds, drink one glass of warm turmeric milk before going to sleep.
How to make it:
For the milk, mix 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder and 1/2 teaspoon of honey in a glass of warm milk. Drink it daily.
Like turmeric, garlic also possess certain anti-inflammatory components and anti-bacteria and anti-fungal features. Its anti-inflammatory properties help provide relief from pain in joints, knee pain, shoulder pain and other body aches. To gain the benefits of this super food, add it to your food or consume 2-3 cloves it raw.
9) Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Omega-3 fatty acids are also a great natural source for relief from inflammation and joint pain. The best thing about Omega-3 fatty acids is that they are available in various fruits and foods. So, if you don’t like any of the above-mentioned solutions, you can choose from fish, cod liver oil, flaxseeds, walnuts and roasted soybean.
Cold, cough, asthma, chest congestion, bronchitis and other respiratory problems are common complaints in winter. Air pollution smog compounds our breathing issues and keeps us from enjoying the chilly weather. Get respite from respiratory problems with these easy solutions –
10) Tulsi Juice
Tulsi has many healing properties. Its anti-bacterial and anti-viral components make it an ideal remedy for fighting common cold, cough and respiratory issues. You can consume its leaves or add a few leaves to your morning tea. If you’re taking tulsi juice, then take 30 ml or 2 tablespoons everyday or every other day.
Saffron contains many useful vitamins, electrolytes and minerals. These components give it excellent medicinal properties that can help provide respite from cold, cough and other respiratory issues. The best way to consume this healthy spice is to add a few strands to a glass of milk to be had before going to bed.
Cloves also contain anti-bacterial and expectorant properties which make it good source for getting reprieve from colds, cough, and chest congestion.
13) Black Pepper
Black pepper’s anti-bacterial and expectorant properties help in providing relief from colds, coughs, and congestion in the chest. You can add cloves, black pepper, and turmeric to your food, curries, dal, tea or milk to ward off the winter worries.
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