Food Focus: Root Vegetables

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Grown beneath the earth, root vegetables seem to have seeped in all of mother nature’s natural healing benefits. They grow below the ground where they are able to absorb high amounts of minerals and other nutrients from the soil. They’re also able to absorb important nutrients from the sun through their leaves.

The roots of any plant are its anchor and foundation; they are the essential parts that support and nourish the plant. Root vegetables lend these properties to us when we eat them, making us feel physically and mentally grounded and rooted, increasing our stability, stamina and endurance.

There are many health benefits to eating root vegetables. They will not only improve your physical well-being, but improve your mental health as well. This is due to their high amounts of antioxidants which help to remove harmful free radicals and toxins from the body. Free radicals and toxins can leave you feeling sick – physically, emotionally and mentally.

Roots are a rich source of nutritious complex carbohydrates, providing a steady source of necessary sugars to the body. Instead of upsetting blood sugar levels like refined sweet foods, they regulate them. Since they absorb, assimilate and supply plants with vital nutrients, roots likewise increase absorption and assimilation in our digestive tracts. Long roots, like cassava, burdock, carrots, parsnips and daikon radish, are excellent blood purifiers and can help improve circulation in the body and increase mental clarity. Round roots, like turnips, radishes, beets and rutabagas, are nourishing to the stomach, spleen, pancreas and reproductive organs and can help regulate blood sugar and moods, and alleviate cravings.

Although many dieters have a carb phobia and steer clear of starchy vegetables, one of  the great health benefits of eating root vegetables is that they can actually help you to lose unwanted weight. The high amounts of nutrients and soluble fiber will help satisfy your cravings for sugar and junk foods. Cravings can make it nearly impossible to lose excess weight so this is a super addition to your diet if you are suffering from food cravings. The fiber also helps your digestive system, cleans it out, is a pre-biotic, helps improve digestion, and boosts energy levels.

Try adding root vegetables to your diet and reap the many benefits of this amazing food!

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