As the arctic air keeps on bringing brutal temperatures to a large part of the United States, people can do more to keep warm besides wearing a coat, hat and gloves.
A variety of foods can help the body stay warm during these winter months.
Ginger not only helps the body stay warm, but it also helps boost the immune and digestive systems.
2. Coconut Oil
Fats in general, such as coconut oil, keep the body warm through metabolizing, Nicholds said.
3. Cinnamon and other spices
You don't want things too spicy because spices such as cayenne can make you sweat and cause you to lose heat, Nicholds said.
4. Whole grains
Eaten hot, rolled oats, brown rice, millet and other whole grains give immediate warmth and also provide needed complex carbohydrates to fuel the body's engine.
5. Hot soups
Hot soups seem obviously for the winter months, but the timing of the foods are important, too, Nicholds said.
A salad, for instance, can be eaten during the afternoon when the body is at its warmest.
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