Friday, December 11, 2009

Eat These Foods To Stay Warm This Winter

We are lucky.  The Revolution Greens Headquarters is located in warm Miami, FL.  However, most of the country is battling some frigidly cold temperatures.  We set out to see what foods actually keep you warmer just by eating them.

Before we start here is a a quick science tid-bit for you:    "During winter the cold weather lowers blood pH therefore making it more acidic, and in order to compensate for this acidic blood pH we need to eat foods that will help to raise, or alkaline, blood pH levels.  By doing this your body’s chemistry will be balanced and as a result you will feel warmer and more comfortable this winter."   

Here are the foods you need to stay warm:

Soup: Not only is homemade soup easy to cook, it is cheap and nutritious too, and if you make a big batch, you’ll always have something hot to eat for those times when cooking feels like a chore!   To get extra protein, try adding beans and meat to any soup. 
Meat:  Try eating more free range or organic meat during winter.  Protein raises the blood pH to make us warmer.  Eating meat can also help keep you warm.  They are high in iron, which the body needs to make the thyroid hormone, which stimulates heat production.  
Soy:  For those non-meat eaters out there, eating plenty of soy products like tofu. Soybeans, soy nuts and tempeh, will also contribute to keeping you warm this winter.  Try some stir-fry meals with tofu and vegetables, or munch on some soy nuts as a snack. 
Spice:  Spicy seasoning keeps cold temperatures away by boosting blood circulation.  So when cooking, try adding some spicy sauce or pepper powder.  
Fruit and Vegetables: Fruit and vegetables are a good course of vitamin C, which as we all know, helps keep people healthy.  However during the winter months, fruit and vegetables can also play a role in keeping the winter chills away.  Leeks and carrots are good vegetables to eat, while fruits like peaches, apricots and papaya can keep you warm.  Green leafy vegetables such as spinach are also good to eat because like red meats, these are abundant in iron, which helps to stimulate heat production.
Good Fat:  When cooking, cook your dishes using olive oil it is a healthy fat that will help to balance your blood pH levels and thus warm you up.
Warm drinks:  This winter, try drinking some herbal tea, it is a great antioxidant and will help relax you, improve immunity, and flush your system out if you have a cold.  Green tea too is great at fighting infection, and warm unsweetened soy milk is also soothing on a warm day.  Stay away from coffee though because it will only lower your blood pH more.
Stay Warm Revolutionaries.

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