How to Make Sure Your Family Gets The Nutrients They Need to Outlast Winter (Guest Post)

Winter often presents health challenges. The colder weather makes us feel as sluggish and slow as bears, but we can’t hibernate; we need to just adjust our diets to fit low temperatures and raging snowstorms. Winter requires hearty meals and fortitude; you can get all that while making healthy meals for yourself and your family that are full of essential nutrients.

Increase Your Carb Intake

There’s a reason people tend to get depressed in the winter. Your brain depends on sunlight to help it produce serotonin, the chemical that keeps people feeling mentally balanced. During the dark, cold months of winter, you don’t get as much sunlight. In order to keep your serotonin levels high enough during these months, you’ll need to increase your carb intake.

That doesn’t mean switch to a diet full of candy, soda and cookies though! There are plenty of healthy carbs you and your family can use to comfort yourselves and raise your serotonin levels. Try pumpkin, butternut squash and sweet potatoes to fulfill your cravings for something sweet and improve your mood. Whole grain breads are also often helpful.

Stock Up On Orange Juice and Yogurt

Orange juice and yogurt are your best weapons to defend yourself against nasty colds, flus and other winter infections. As the weather gets colder, people tend to get sick, so make sure you have plenty of these items on hand. Orange juice contains vitamin C, which can help you fight colds. Yogurts contain probiotics–healthy bacteria that can boost your immune system and make it less likely you’ll get sick or stay stick for long. Get plain Greek yogurt and use agave or honey to sweeten it so that you don’t get an overdose of sugar along with your probiotics.

Eat as Much Dairy As Possible

The sun is a natural source of Vitamin D–an essential nutrient that can protect you against colon and breast cancer. Women also need this vitamin to protect themselves from ovarian cancer. During the winter, however, people don’t get as much Vitamin D because the sun isn’t out. The good news is that dairy products contain Vitamin D. In addition to milk and cheese, you’ll want to eat plenty of fatty fish and eggs for their Vitamin D benefits. If that isn’t enough for you, there are also Vitamin D supplements you can buy for yourself and your family at your supermarket or neighborhood pharmacy.

Get the Vegetables of the Season

Don’t buy any old vegetables–get the ones that are in season during the winter months. These vegetables contain many of the nutrients you need to help build up your immune system and keep up your strength during the winter. Citrus fruits such as oranges, lemons and limes are plentiful during the winter, as are purple grapes, pomegranates and cranberries. Look for creative ways to include them in every meal so that you can serve your family all the nutrients you need to survive winter.

Although most modern Americans aren’t trying to survive a hard winter out on a frontier or farm, we still need to depend on our own resources to get us through this difficult season. If you feed yourself and your family with nutrients intended to help you survive winter, you’ll find yourself becoming stronger and healthier than you ever expected.

Author Bio Ron Thompson writes for Delpro advanced formula from the lactobacillus rhamnosus which is a natural immune system booster.

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