“Prevention is always better than a cure” Desiderius Erasmus.

Maintaining optimum health during the winter months is our aim and can be sometime challenging. So here are three simple must-know healthy cooking ingredients for the winter that can assist you as part of your healthy eating plan.

Lemons

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A well known health cooking ingredients, although acidic to the taste, they are alkaline forming in the body, helping to restore balance to the body’s pH. Rich in Vitamin C, and flavonoids that work against infections like colds and flues. Fresh lemon juice added to a large glass of water in the morning is a great liver detoxifier.

In India Ayurveda medicine values the lemon as a fruit for its properties, a promoter of gastric fire and good for vision along with having powerful antibacterial properties. Lemon is said to be the ONLY food in the world that is Anionic (its electron has a negative charge). This makes it extremely useful to health as it is the interaction between anions and cations that ultimately provides all cell energy.

Ginger

Ginger improves the absorption and assimilation of essential nutrients in the body. Ginger clears the ‘microcirculatory channels’ of the body, including the pesky sinuses that tend to flare up from time to time. Ginger with its anti-inflammatory properties it perfect in those winter months. Stir up some ginger tea to get rid of throat and nose congestion.

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Ginger contains chromium, magnesium and zinc which can help to improve blood flow, as well as help prevent chills, fever, and excessive sweat. If you’re suffering from common a cough, ginger aids in expanding your lungs and loosening up phlegm because it is a natural expectorant that breaks down and removes mucus.

Garlic

Is well known as a natural health remedy that has long been used to treat various ailments, as the properties of garlic actually get into your bloodstream which is why it is so effective in so many ways. Garlic strengthens the immune system, helps to fight chest infections, coughs and congestion.

In the winter months garlic is a great food to boost the immune system, warding off colds and flu as garlic contains good levels of vitamin C as well as vitamin B6 which is needed for a healthy immune system and the efficient growth of new cells. Vitamin B6 can also assist with mood swings and improve your cheery disposition!

A word of warning; consuming too much garlic can be detrimental to your health and you should never take more than the recommended dosage. Remember that when you sweat garlic will leave your body through your pores.

If you are the only one amongst your family and friends taking increased doses of garlic, chewing a sprig or three of parsley after each garlic dose is recommended to combat the lovely aroma of garlic breath! Those around you will thank you for it.

Turmeric

This spice has been used in India for thousands of years it contains Bioactive Compounds with powerful medicinal properties. Curcumin is the main active ingredient in turmeric, which has a powerful anti-inflammatory effect at molecular level as well as being a very strong antioxidant;

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They protect our bodies from free radicals and then stimulate the body’s own antioxidant mechanisms as well as helping the body to repair at cellular level. To gain the most from this healthy cooking ingredient add black pepper to your dish as this helps with the absorption of curcumin.

Always use organic, chemical free or the best produce possible to give your body the most efficient and simple assistance to maintain optimum health.

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