Uncover 10 meals that heat you up when it is chilly


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During the fall, temperatures gradually drop until they reach their lowest level in winter. We then adopt many techniques to warm up. For example, we turn on the heating and multiply the layers of clothing. However, we also tend to adapt our diet, giving pride of place to comforting dishes that have the gift of warming us up. The classic raclette is followed by hotpot, pot-au-feu, small salt, soup or chicken in the pot, often sublimated by delicious seasonal vegetables. In addition to balancing our hearts, our meals have the gift of raising the temperature. And in this area, some foods are however more gifted than others. Here are the warming foods to put on the menu during the cold seasons.

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Let us remember in passing that if the foods below are real hot water bottles for the body, others are not recommended for warming up. Drinks such as alcohol or drinks that are too hot should therefore be avoided. So we forget the hot tea and mulled wine to be less cold!

Make way for warming foods!

1) drink cold water

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Certainly, when you drink hot drinks, you feel immediate comfort. However, our body will always seek to maintain its ideal temperature. Also, in reaction to the heat and the emission of perspiration, it will quickly seek to cool itself. The opposite effect to that desired is then obtained. So, amazing as it may sound, it’s best to drink cold water to get your body temperature up!

2) Fresh ginger (and more generally spices!)

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This rhizome helps improve blood circulation, allowing the flow of blood to warm your extremities more effectively. To avoid getting cold, consume ginger as soon as possible and preferably in its raw form to get the maximum benefit from it.

3) chili among foods that heat up

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Have you ever felt the heat invade your whole body after swallowing chili? This is related to its rich in capsaicin which gives it all its spice. The latter works much like the gingerol in ginger by activating the production of adrenaline, as well as norepinephrine. This will thus give a boost to the rhythm of the body and allow better irrigation in your limbs. Since an American study published in 2011, we also know that capsaicin stimulates the heat receptor VR1 located in the brain, hence the hot stroke effect felt when consuming a spicy dish.

In general, do not hesitate to stock up on spices in anticipation of winter (cinnamon, cloves, cumin, pepper, etc.).

4) The sweet potato: quickly slip into your plate!

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During the metabolism of certain foods, the process by which the body produces heat (or thermogenesis) is more or less activated. However, the sweet potato and more generally the winter root vegetables are part of these foods which heat up by activating thermogenesis. Slow digestion of these foods is particularly beneficial for maintaining body temperature.




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