I love winter season and I love to enjoy every sunny crisp day outdoors but it also comes with a natural drop in your energy and mood, too. I have certainly felt it over the last few weeks as I have found it harder to focus, felt more vulnerable to the colds going around, and felt the need for more sleep. These are all the basic signs that your body definitely is craving some energy boosters.
Your body is getting less nutrients in the winter months because there is less sunlight feeding your vitamin D levels. Feeling low in your mood and energy levels, feeling more sleepy at this time of the year, is only natural. However, it is also really important to remember that you need to vary your diet so you can get as many nutrients into your body as possible.
Here are 6 really great vegetables and herbs that will help you boost your energy and improve your health, wellness and beauty:
This green veg is full of many vitamins and minerals important for skin health, including zinc, magnesium, iron, vitamin A and vitamin C. It also contains lutein that works like beta-carotene and protects your skin from dryness, fine lines and wrinkles. Broccoli is also great for regulating your energy levels and making you feel great.
Celery contains major vitamins and minerals, and even certain flavonoids that reduce inflammation and prevent heart disease. Celery is packed with vitamin C, which is known to strengthen the immune system, and since celery is also rich in antioxidants, it is not only great to fight allergies and winter colds but also protects the skin from the damage of free radicals, has anti-aging properties and helps cleanse the skin and removes dirt, thereby keeping your skin clean and less prone to acne outbursts.
It's packed with Vitamins A, B, C, and K, as well as antioxidants and phytonutrients. Between all of these things, the leafy green tightens pores, reduces dark circles, promotes collagen production, increases cell turnover, prevents free-radical damage, and detoxifies the skin. High in vitamins and minerals, kale is a great energy booster and key source of calcium for your body.
Beetroot contains Vitamin C that prevents skin pigmentation, thereby providing a fairer complexion. Beet is also a rich source of iron, phosphorus and protein, which in unison give you a healthy and glowing skin. Beetroot will give you a nutrient and energy boost, and it has been proved that beetroot juice helps to open the blood vessels and thus increase the flow of oxygen throughout your body.
Mint is an abundant source of menthol and has strong antibacterial properties. It is great for brightening your complexion, treats acne and soothes irritations, hydrates, tones and rejuvenates skin, slowing aging process. Mint is a widely know energy booster - it can improve exercise performance, respiratory function, blood pressure and heart rate.
The herb is made of some of the most powerful nutrients.Thyme has antifungal, anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial properties. It is rich in vitamins A and C, stimulates appetite and is great for treating conditions like bronchitis, cough, arthritis, and colic. Since thyme is high in antioxidants, it can slow down the aging process and give you healthy and glowing skin. It also heals sores, wounds, scars, and cuts. It even relieves burns and acts as a natural remedy for skin rashes and acne.
If you are interested what vegetables are in season right now and would be a great addition to your dishes, Stop Food Waste Ireland has a really great monthly calendar that you can download and save for yourself. Here is a sample of November seasonal vegetables and herbs: