Eating Chili Keeps You Warm
As the weather turns cooler, we all start to feel a little on the
cool side. We start pulling out more clothes, blankets,
slippers and extra socks. Adding extra layers will certainly
keep you warmer, but did you know that the food you eat can also
keep you warm?
Besides the fact that eating warm foods can increase your body
temperature enough so that you actually feel warmer, chili has other
ways of helping to maintain that warm temperature over the course of
a cold winter.
By eating more beans (like in your favorite
chili recipe) along
with lean meats and green leafy vegetables (like spinach), you will
be sure to get enough iron in your daily diet. Iron is
essential for thyroid function, and your thyroid plays an important
role in regulating your body heat.
According to the CDC,
iron is essential to maintaining
body temperature. Women who don't get enough iron
in their daily diet lose lot more of their body heat in a cold room
than women who consumed the recommended 18 mg of iron daily for
women of childbearing age.
While you're eating hot chili, make sure you dink enough water
also. Eight glasses of 8oz. of water is the minimum an adult
should drink daily to stay hydrated. If your body is
dehydrated, it has to work much harder in order to keep your body
temperature at a comfortable level. Water allows many body
systems to function properly and without enough water, those systems
struggle to keep balance in your body.
The benefits from eating chili add up to give you a healthy meal
that is versatile in taste for every person you're trying to feed.
So warm your family up tonight with a special