Comer alimentos sazonais fortalece o sistema imunológico
“Manter as nossas defesas fortes e atentas é a melhor ajuda que podemos dar a nós mesmos e os alimentos sazonais podem ajudar.
Sem atingir o nível do urso ou dos répteis, muitos acreditam que o inverno também faz com que os humanos “hibernem” até certo ponto e que as nossas funções diminuam no frio. No entanto, o frio está mais do que comprovado que funciona como terapia: melhora a circulação sanguínea, reduz a inflamação, fortalece o sistema nervoso e melhora o sono e a testosterona!
Seja como for, as exigências nutricionais do nosso corpo, no inverno, são diferentes.
Como a necessidade de líquidos e calorias varia no inverno diferente do verão, a nossa necessidade de proteção contra diferentes agentes externos, como vírus que enfrentamos em um momento ou outro, também varia. Nos meses frios, a presença de vírus como a gripe ou bactérias como os que causam resfriados é maior. Assim, além da Covid-19, no inverno tendemos a sofrer deste tipo de problemas, mais ou menos leves, que surgem com tosse, muco excessivo, dores de cabeça, desconforto muscular… Manter as nossas defesas fortes e alertas é a melhor ajuda que podemos dar ao nosso corpo, vamos então perceber o que os nossos aliados podem ser neste momento, sempre respeitando o calendário natural da alimentação, seguindo os alimentos sazonais.
In February we find as seasonal foods mainly “acidic” fruits such as oranges, loaded with vitamin C, and vegetables from the cruciferous or cabbage family, loaded with vitamins C, E and K that strengthen the immune system and give us a good boost. of energy, as well as vitality for these cold months. Let’s look at some more examples:
Spinach, cabbage, endive… You’ll find it in your grocery store in February and March in all its splendor. They contain vitamins: A, B, C, E, K, folic acid…all of them with positive effects on the immune system (in addition to the digestive and cardiovascular system). of meat or fish to complete the protein intake.
With vitamin C
Tangerines, strawberries, lemon itself and also kiwi, orange and grapefruit give us a good dose of Vitamin C which, although it is best known for curbing colds, is above all essential for tissue repair. It’s always better to eat the fruit whole or in pieces, but you can also add it to smoothies or recipes, they make a colorful and very healthy contribution to salads!
Ginger, all year round
Although we cannot strictly say that it is the season, as it is kept dry, it is harvested in winter, so it is at this time that we can find it cooler. It is used as a condiment and is especially versatile, as it goes well with both sweet and savory dishes (in meat stews, shrimp, vegetables, it gives a very characteristic spicy touch). It has important properties to strengthen the immune system and help eliminate toxins and fight respiratory problems. In addition, it is a good ally, in infusion, for warming up in the coldest moments.
Garlic and onion, the classics
Both in season almost all year round, they are great allies of our defenses, thanks to their antiviral and antibacterial components, which is why we didn’t want to forget them here. Raw, infused, in soup and as an essential part of almost every dish in Mediterranean cuisine.
well chosen cocoa
It is the food with the highest antioxidant capacity that exists and also one of the best sources of magnesium, which regulates the functioning of muscles and the nervous system. Maybe you don’t know that it is also recommended to calm a persistent cough (a remedy has never been so delicious). Choose it pure, without added sugars or sweeteners, to enjoy all its benefits without the disadvantages of ultra-processed health products.
Tulsi, a discovery
This curious and perhaps little-known herb is known as the Holy Basil of India. Some studies classify it as an adaptogenic plant, which means that it helps the body to deal with the external (change of schedule or stress, for example).
And let’s not forget that meat and fish also have seasons. Thus, we will now find bream, sea bass, mussels or trout at their best; just like the rabbit, the turkey.”
Source: https://www.abc.es/bienestar/alimentacion/abci-comer-alimentos-temporada-ayuda-fortalecer-sistema-inmunitario-202102230302_noticia.html / 23.02.2021