The Healthiest Underrated Winter Vegetables

Eating vegetables in the right season ensures that we are getting optimum nutrients and their health benefits. Eating vegetables in the winter season can also be challenging. Winter vegetables survive the cold even under snow storms and can be very beneficial in fighting the cold and flu season. The high amount of sugar found in vegetables causes them to freeze at a lower point which is why they can withstand such environments. There are several vegetables that thrive in the cold weather that contain a lot of nutrients and many we of them are underrated.

One of the finest winter vegetables is swiss chard which is high in nutrients and low in calories. One cup provides the daily intake of vitamin K and half of the daily intake for vitamin A with only 7 calories. It is a good source of potassium, vitamin C, and magnesium. It has shown to reduce inflammation  and lower oxidation of bad cholesterol levels in the body. Similar to swiss chard in color and shape, collard greens have a slightly bitter taste. The bitterness of collard greens comes from the high amount of calcium found in the plant. Loaded with calcium and high vitamin K, collard greens may reduce the risk of fractures and promote healthy strong bones.

On the other hand, we have the cruciferous vegetable family which includes kale, Brussel sprouts, and cabbage. Kale can be harvested all year long, but it prefers the colder weather. One cup of kale contains the daily recommendation of vitamins A, C, and K. It is also high in vitamin B, calcium, copper, potassium, and magnesium. Moreover, kale is loaded with antioxidants and has a very powerful anti-inflammatory effect. Although small, Brussel sprouts contain an impressive amount of vitamin K: one cup of cooked sprouts contains 137% of your daily vitamin K intake. Vitamin K is important for bone, heart, and brain health. Additionally, Brussel sprouts contain alpha-lipoic acid which is an antioxidant that may reduce high blood sugar levels. Lastly, while green and red cabbage are both great sources of vitamins and minerals, red cabbage takes the win. The bright red color comes from pigments called anthocyanins that can help lower the risk of heart disease and coronary artery disease. Red cabbage is also a great source for vitamin A, B, C, and K. It is low in calories and high in fiber to make you feel fuller longer and can help with %LINK2 %. All in all eating the vegetable of the season can help full your body of the nutrients it needs to help protect your immune system and make the body resistant to any weather change

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Herbs You Can Grow At Home

One of the best things you can do when you are trying to Lose Weight San Diego is do your own cooking at home.  It can ensure you are using your freshest ingredients and the healthiest options.  Did you know you can grown many herbs in water at home?  Growing your own herbs at home can not only enhance flavors of your food but it is also convenient to not have to go to the store when you are home cooking.  There are many different herbs you can grow in water such as: basil, oregano, peppermint, lemon balm, tarragon and rosemary. 

When growing herbs in water at home you want to find a container or glass with a larger mouth.  Your herb should be around 6 inches in length and you should remove the bottom 4 inches of leaves from the stem.  This will help to reduce rot when the stem is in water.  Make sure to use water from your tap or rain water if available, do not used distilled water because it doesn’t contain the essential minerals needed for growth.  Place the stem in the water and change out the water weekly until you start to see roots grow.  Once the roots grow you can leave the water and just add more every few weeks.  Make sure you place the herb in an area that will get plenty of sunlight each day, at least 6 hours.    Next time you are in the kitchen preparing your favorite dish your herbs will be ready for you!  

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Natural Resources To Help Sore Throats And Health Immune System

Having a sore throat can be the absolute worst.  You can't swallow, but you continually do it and wonder "do I swallow this much when my throat doesn't feel like I'm swallowing nails?"  When you go to the drug store you are overwhelmed with the amount of choices in remedies; throat drops, that offer to soothe, sprays that offer to calm the irritation and teas. The problem with most of these "remedies" is that they are only a remedy to the symptom but do not help to correct what is causing the problem.   You need to kill the bacteria that is infecting you and causing your sore throat.

 
Apple cider vinegar is the first thing I reach for when I feel a sore throat coming on.  Many people don't really care for the taste of apple cider vinegar alone, but if you can stomach the taste, a tablespoon straight can help to nip your sore throat in the bud.  You can also dilute it with warm water and a little honey.  Ginger is another great natural resources for helping with sore throats and fighting colds.  Ginger is expectorant, which means it helps to loosen and get rid of mucus from your respiratory system which includes mucus in your throat.  Ginger can be made into a tea by boiling water with thin slices of ginger for 15-25 minutes.  Strain the ginger water into a cup and add a squeeze of lemon and honey if desired. Make sure to drink the tea before it cools down the heat will also help ease your throat. 
 
Getting adjusted with your local San Diego Chiropractor can also help with reduction of sore throats and colds because it helps to maintain your immune system.  When your nervous system is functioning properly without interference your immune system is able to stay strong and fight off bacteria and viruses. Many  San Diego Chiropractors have seen reduction of patient suffer from colds and sore throats when getting adjusted on a regular basis. 
 
 
 

 

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