Get set for the cold weather with Viridian Nutrition – available now at Partners Beauty and Hair!
Winter doesn’t have to herald coughs, colds and the winter blues. Traditionally people have prepared for the dark months by changing their diet and lifestyle to be in harmony with the season and modern science suggests there is a very good reason for this.
Traditional Chinese Medicine, for example, is based on the philosophy that that we should live in harmony with the natural cycles of our environment. The cold and darkness of Winter urges us to slow down.
This is the time of year to reflect on our health, replenish our energy, and conserve our strength. Interestingly foods that are prescribed to ward of winter illness also have important benefits for the immune system.
Partners Beauty and Hair are proud stockists of Viridian Nutrition – the leading brand of ethical vitamins – and here, we look at the best foods and vitamins to keep us fighting fit this Winter.
Traditional winter foods:
• Soups and stews, especially with rich stocks and broths.
• Root vegetables, squashes, winter greens, mushrooms
• Cooked apples, pears, citrus fruit.
• Beans, legumes, whole grains.
• Miso and seaweed.
• Garlic, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamon.
• Roasted nuts especially walnuts and chestnuts.
Garlic is well known to ward of colds and flu. Because they preserve the cooking liquid; stocks, soups and stews avoid loss of minerals like Zinc. Citrus fruits are a great source of vitamin C. And mushrooms, especially Shiitake, are one of the richest natural sources of beta glucan and vitamin D.
Supporting a healthy immune system through winter is important when you consider that the common cold is the most commonly occurring illness in the entire world. Adults average 2-4 colds per year and children 6-10, depending on age and exposure.
An alarming number of people in the UK (almost 90%) also become vitamin D deficient thought the winter months, which apart from increasing your risk of infections and low mood can have some serious consequences. So making sure you get the recommended optimum of 2000 IU daily for adults, and 1000 IU for kids from a simple dietary supplement is important too.
Find out more about Viridian Nutrition at Partners Beauty and Hair, Dundee
If you would like to find out more information on Viridian Nutrition, contact our hair and beauty salon in Dundee today by calling us on 01382 732737 or 0800 0126 053 or visiting us for a complimentary consultation at 128 -130 Gray Street, Broughty Ferry, Dundee, DD5 2DG.