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Eat for Heat

posted: 05/22/2000
by Jennie Lay

Got frosty fingers and frigid feet? Before you hit the slopes, try improving your circulation through diet with nutritious, high-fiber foods. Start with fish rich in omega-3 fatty acid, such as sardines, salmon or mackerel, which boosts good cholesterol, removes fat deposits from blood vessels and helps blood move faster. Snack on sunflower seeds, almonds and olives, which are loaded with vitamin E, and eat plenty of vitamin C-packed citrus fruits, red peppers and green leafy vegetables-foods jammed full of antioxidants that are known to improve circulation.

For warmer chairlift rides, take heat from spicy foods such as onions, garlic and chilies. They help dilate blood vessels and keep blood flowing more freely. For dessert, skip the crème brà»lée and pick pineapple instead-it's loaded with vitamin C and bromelain, an enzyme that promotes better blood flow. And for toasty toes, stay away from caffeine, alcohol and carbonated beverages, all of which have a chilling effect on circulation.


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