The cold winter days scratch the well-being. This is proven by numerous studies. Thus, in about five percent of the German citizens, the gloomy season really affects the mind. As a further consequence of the lack of sunshine, 30 percent of men and 40 percent of women over the age of 50 have latent vitamin D deficiency at the end of winter. The winter's typical desire for high-fat and hearty meals is not without its consequences. Thus, the cholesterol level in winter is up to five percent higher than in summer, as shown by a Leipzig study. Lack of exercise and rustic food also make the digestive organs to create. Do not let it get that far - with a few simple tips, you'll be able to come and stay in high shape despite the winter low.
Tips & Tricks against typical winter complaints
- Light is balm for the soul. Therefore, do not miss out, because even on dull days it is much brighter outside than indoors. The UV rays of light also stimulate the body's own vitamin D synthesis - good for strong bones and the immune system.
- However, exercise in the fresh air also benefits the muscles, the cardiovascular system, the immune system and the digestive organs.
- Regular sauna visits or alternating showers with cold and warm water also stimulate the circulation and harden.
- Make a splash on the plate: red-orange, yellow and green vegetables and fruits guarantee vital vitamins, minerals and trace elements. And not only that, especially plant-based foods contain a lot of secondary plant ingredients that have been shown to have positive effects on the immune system and even anticancer.
- Spa days with fitness drinks made from dairy products, freshly squeezed juices and a little milk sugar bring additional relief to the winter-ridden intestines. In the case of an already existing constipation, a "creeping" dosage with milk sugar has proven itself. One starts with a tablespoon daily and increases up to the desired success on up to four tablespoons per day. Tip: Milk sugar also promotes the recovery of an attacked intestinal flora - important for example after taking antibiotics.
- Lactic acid bacteria in fermented foods such as yoghurt, sauerkraut and sour vegetables also stimulate the immune system according to the latest research. Sauerkraut also contains a lot of fiber - this keeps the digestion going in winter.
Incidentally, sauerkraut does not always need a rib as a side dish. As a salad in an Asian way, it has a very different flavor and stimulates the digestion.
Coleslaw Asian style
For 4 portions: 300g sauerkraut, 2 carrots, 3 to 4 brown mushrooms, ½ red pepper, 4 slices of raw sliced pork, 1 teaspoon soy sauce, 2 tablespoons sherry vinegar, 1 heaped teaspoon milk sugar, iodine salt, black pepper, 2 tablespoons cold pressed sunflower oil, 1 tablespoon of unpeeled sesame seeds. Remove sauerkraut and fork. Clean carrots and mushrooms, cut into quarters and slice. Chop paprika and kasseler small. Mix everything and dress with soy sauce, sherry vinegar, milk sugar, iodine salt, freshly ground pepper and sunflower oil. Roast the sesame in the pan (put on the lid) and mix under the salad. Leave the salad for at least half an hour and enjoy with farmhouse bread. 4 portions each with about 173 kilocalories or 724 kilojoules.