Helpful, natural tips from RunnersWorld.com to stay strong and healthy this winter!
Dairy Most milk, yogurt, and cheese contains vitamin D and calcium. These nutrients work together to prevent bone loss.
Slow-cooked stews Made with lean beef, postrun stews provide iron needed for red blood cell production.
Green tea A mug will warm you up postrun—plus, research shows EGCG (a compound in green tea) has anticancer properties that may prevent skin-tumor growth. Echinacea tea is another great thing to have around the house! It promotes the body’s natural immune defenses helping prevent illness.
Canned tuna It’s a good source of vitamin D, important in the winter when less sun exposure decreases our body’s ability to produce it.
Barley This chewy grain (perfect for soups and stews) is high in cholesterol-lowering fiber and selenium, which reduces free-radical damage.
Winter squash Sharpen your eyesight for dark months with vitamin A superstars, such as pumpkin and butternut squash.
Onions and garlic These bulbs provide a boost of flavor along with antimicrobial properties, which may help protect you from winter bugs ** make sure that onion is cooked though, it also collects viruses like the flu!
Kale In season in early winter, this leafy green delivers a megadose of vitamin K, which helps maintain strong bones and form blood clots.
Baked potatoes White spuds are high in vitamin C, while sweet potatoes are rich in vitamin A—two antioxidants that help protect your immune system.
Citrus Oranges grapefruits, and other types of citrus fruits (at their peak in the winter months) are high in fiber and immune-boosting vitamin C.