Cold weather in an otherwise hot country can be truly beautiful. But, it does come with caveats. Some of the most innocuous foods, when eaten in cold weather, can cause all sorts of problems, especially when eaten at night. Here’s a list of all the temptations that you must avoid at dinner time for the next couple of months.
Ayurveda describes the prakriti or essence of yogurt as cold, meaning that the impact of yogurt on the body is mucous-producing in nature. This is aggravated when yogurt is consumed by a person who is prone to diseases like upper respiratory infections, asthma, cold and cough. The impact of yogurt consumed at night in winters can be pretty grim.
Milk is heavy for digestion when given at night to children who suffer from asthma, allergy or cough and cold. The undigested milk is mucous-forming and causes lethargy. In many homes, it is usually a practice of consuming milk at night. Seems like it’s time to end that and drink a healthy glass of milk in the mornings.
3. Processed Cheese
It’s an all time favorite food for both children and adults that can create havoc in your diet. Cheese is a high-fat and high-calorie food. Cheese contains lactose, a sugar that can’t be digested by lactose-intolerant people. For them, eating cheese, that too in winter, can lead to digestive problems including gas and bloating.
4. Bread and White Rice
Consuming maida and maida-made products like bread at night leads to slow digestion and toxin formation in the body. Half-digested material inflames the intestinal lining. White rice eaten at night can lead to an aggravation of cold and digestive disorders.
Banana is one of the very commonly available fruits in the world and has great health benefits but bananas are sweet and heavy, and take long to digest. Bananas can also aggravate cough and cold and hence, it is better to avoid consuming them in winter, especially when you are suffering from respiratory diseases.
6. Fried Foods
Stay away from excess fat in winter season. This goes for processed snacks and fried foods. Foods high in fat produce inflammation and inflammation produces a less active immune system. Fried foods tend to be heavy and take long to digest.
7. Cold Drinks
Everybody drinks cold drinks without noticing the potential problems that one would have to encounter or noticing the temperature of the drink that you take into your body. Drunk at night in winter, they can cause throat problems leading to lowered immunity, infection and illness.
Drink soup,tea and have spices like turmeric, ginger, garlic and consume honey instead of sugar. So, treat your whole body with nutrition and not just try to combat a Rudolphy runny nose with an over-the-counter drug. Just avoid all these food items in your diet and keep cough, cold and breathing problems at bay.
HAPPY WINTER!! 🙂