In Ayurvedic and Chinese Medicine food is separated into warming foods and cooling foods, which influence digestion in different ways. Warming food helps improve the digestive process by increasing circulation, dispelling the cold by raising body temperature, and help with bloat after eating. Eating warming foods can help keep off Holiday weight thanks to the science of dietary thermogenesis, where warming foods raise your body’s metabolic rate.
As we move into the Fall, there should be a greater emphasis on including warming foods into our diet to aid in our digestion as the temperature gets colder. This can be easily done since many warming foods are common in seasonal meals, which we already enjoy, made in the Fall and Winter.
- Sweet Potatoes
- Winter Squash
These foods are all rich in vitamins and nutrients. Sweet potatoes, winter squash, and pumpkin are also rich in fiber. Indulging in these seasonal treats are a great way to eat healthy and maintain a healthy weight.
For an easy everyday addition of incorporating warming food into your diet, try a simple warming tea made of half a lemon, two tablespoons of grated ginger, in warm water. This is not only a warming tea but also a detoxifying tea. As it helps with digestion you will also notice clearer skin.
Now it’s your turn: What’s your favorite warming food in the Fall?
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