Foods that turn up the heat

As we age, we become more susceptible to the winter cold. It may seem that wearing socks and cranking up the heating (and your power bill) just doesn’t cut it any more. But winter doesn’t have to be all doom and gloom. Here are seven foods that will help to keep you warm naturally.

The compound capsaicin, found in hot chillies, can give the feeling of burning when applied to the skin. When you eat chilli, this compound heats you from the inside out. 

Whole grains
Wholegrains and complex carbohydrates take a long time to break down in your body. This means they’re not only good for slow-release energy and your health generally, but they also keep your body working and releasing heat for longer.

Ginger tea
Making tea with sliced ginger is thought to speed up the metabolism and increase blood flow, naturally warming up the body.  

While scientists can’t yet explain why, cumin is known to gradually increase body temperature, helping to keep you warm when it’s cold outside.

Whether you prefer to enjoy it in curries, dressings or tea, turmeric is thought to absorb excess moisture and tighten tissue, helping to warm up the body. It is also packed with antioxidants and has a number of other health benefits.

A healthy and easy winter meal, porridge doesn’t just make you feel cosy, but is thought to absorb moisture in the body and increase your temperature. For a healthy winter treat, try our No-fuss Chocolate Porridge.

Your favourite morning pick-me-up is also known to increase your body temperature. It increases your metabolism by stimulating the release of fatty acids from your body’s fat tissue. This means cold, not just hot coffee, can warm you up… if you feel so inclined.

What foods help to keep you warm in winter? Let us know or recommend them to other readers in the comment section below.

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Health disclaimer: This article contains general information about health issues and is not advice. For health advice, consult your medical practitioner.

Written by Liv Gardiner

Writer and editor with interests in travel, lifestyle, health, wellbeing, astrology and the enivornment.

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