Dietary habits in winter need to follow two basic rules to help maintain good health, according to the principles of traditional Chinese medicine. These are to eat hot food and eat a varied diet for a balance of fat, protein, vitamins, and minerals.
Here is a list of seven foods to help you get through the winter with optimum health:
1. Chinese cabbage
Chinese cabbage is sweet and has a cool nature. Rich in vitamin C and potassium, it is good for skin health during winter. Nevertheless, eating too much can affect the absorption of minerals after a while.
Pumpkin contains pectin, beta-carotene, fiber, vitamins A, B, C, K, B2, phosphorus, calcium, magnesium, and zinc. Regular consumption can help prevent cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure, and gallstones.
Spinach is rich in vitamins A and K, manganese, magnesium, calcium, and iron. Vitamin K is especially vital for bone health maintenance. It is best not to consume too frequently due to its high content of oxalic acid, which may cause kidney stones in sensitive individuals.
Berries are high in nutritious value and a good source of vitamin C, fiber, and antioxidants. They help to reduce gastric ulcer, gum disease, as well as promoting heart health and lowering the chance of inflammation.
Daikon, or winter radish, is good for the prevention of high blood pressure and coronary artery disease. Unlike most radishes, daikon can be cooked. By adding rock sugar, it can moisten the lungs, remove phlegm, and stop coughing. A decoction made with daikon and Chinese olive can soothe throat dryness, pain, and swelling caused by an overheated stomach and lungs.
Kiwi is small in size but big in nutrition. Its rich content of vitamins A and C, potassium, calcium, phosphorus, and dietary fiber are good for anti-aging, regulating blood pressure and boosting the immune system. Consumption of a kiwi daily works miracles. Eating before a meal works as well as after meals.
Whether it be green, white, black, or oolong, a cup of hot tea in winter is good for the heart. It stimulates metabolism and works to prevent cancer and nervous system disease.
Translated by Cecilia