Healthy Foods for Winter | Health Tips

According to a CNN article, these foods will help keep you healthy throughout the winter. Read more to see how broccoli helps your hair, leafy greens can give your skin a sunny glow and more:

Fruit-Pills-WebBoost your immune system with green tea. Green tea contains antioxidants called catechins, which are known to have flu-fighting properties, according to The tea also contains theophylline, which opens your airways to help you breathe easier if mucus has taken hold.

Prevent dry skin with vitamins A and B. Niacin (B vitamin) can be found in eggs, lean meats and legumes. Breads and cereals are often fortified with riboflavin (B vitamin), but you can also get it from eggs, milk and green leafy vegetables. Vitamin A-rich fruits and vegetables, such as cantaloupe, passion fruit, tomatoes, sweet potato, carrots and spinach, can help your skin retain moisture.

Protect your nails with walnuts. They contain biotin, a B vitamin that helps strengthen nails. Strawberries are another good source of the important nutrient. Eat foods high in protein like lean meats and low-fat dairy products to keep nails strong.

Keep those bones strong with Vitamin D. Beef liver, mushrooms, cheese and egg yolks top the list of foods that naturally contain Vitamin D. You can also look for products that have been fortified with vitamin D such as milk, orange juice and breakfast cereals. Spending some time in the sunshine will also help your body absorb the nutrient; just make sure to slather on some SPF!

Chop-Broccoli-WebTame dry hair with broccoli. By eating it, not putting it in your hair! Any food with a good dose of omega-3 fatty acids will help soothe stressed strands. Look for fish, olive oil and nuts in your local grocery store.

Avoid the vampire look: You may blame pasty skin on the lack of sunshine this time of year, but your diet can have a lot to do with your face’s rosy glow. Dark, leafy greens like spinach and mollusks like oysters, clams and scallops are iron-rich foods that will help bring back your rosy cheeks. Carotenoids are natural pigments that produce the color in vegetables like carrots, pumpkins, sweet potatoes and tomatoes; they’ll do the same for your skin.

Prepare for the future: There’s nothing like a hot cup of cocoa after a day frolicking in (or shoveling) snow. And since the delicious drink contains a healthy dose of antioxidants that protect your body from free radicals that can damage cells, you shouldn’t feel guilty about indulging.

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