Getting to the Root: 3 Root Vegetables You Should Be Eating Right Now
'Tis the season for hearty soups and natural tonics! And everywhere you look, there are pumpkins, a variety of impressively shaped squash and tons of potatoes! Around this time of the year, we start to crave heavier foods that will generate a little heat in the belly. You may not realize it, but you will start to crave root vegetables that make you feel grounded, secure and stable. There is an energetic explanation as to why this is..but we are going to save that one for Wednesday *wink*
To ensure that we are eating the right type of foods that not only honor the right type of warmth we crave in our bellies (team anti-inflammatory!), as well as ones that provide optimal nutrition and grounding, we are going to share with you 3 root vegetables that you'll definitely want to incorporate more into your diet. 

 

 

Beets

  

I know, I know. Beets are probably one of the most overlooked root vegetables in the grocery store. Some of us don't have quite pleasant memories of indulging in this one, but there are so many health benefits that it provides for your body! Beets are a powerhouse of nutrients, containing magnesium, vitamins A B & C, folic acid, potassium, iron and fiber. Consuming these red delights is also known for being a great cleanser, purifier and healer for the blood and liver, as it helps to build red blood cells and prevent stones. So if you are suffering from anemia, any iron-related issues or are prone to kidney/liver stones, I highly recommend adding this to your diet! Don't worry, you can either prepare them in a delicious roasted dish  or in a freshly pressed juice filled with red apples as a sweetner, for example (another root food!). 

 

 

 

Burdock Root 

 

 Although this root vegetable is more of an herb, it is still considered a powerful blood, kidney and liver cleanser to have on your side. It contains a significant amount of nutrients, while also helping to reduce pain and swelling associated with arthirits (which may be flaring up for you as the seasons continue to fluctuate). With its antifungal and antibacterial properities, it helps to boost the immune system and prevent seasonal colds, flus and other infections. This is a great root veggie to prepare as an infusion (pictured above) and add to your soup recipes. 

 

 

Garlic

 

Vampires don't stand a chance..and neither does your breath! Again, I know this isn't the most favorable root veggie to add more of to your diet, but I promise there are ways to incorporate it without reeking. Garlic has a good amount of nutrients; everything from calcium, copper, vitamin B6 and vitamin C. Along with its immunity boosting properties, it also helps to detox heavy metals from the body, as well as lowering blood pressure. You don't always have to torture yourself by dreading the moment you have to swallow a garlic clove raw, you can mince or slice some up to add to your soups and sauces too! 

 

 

 

 So what do all these root vegetables have in common? They all encourage balance by helping your body release toxins and other unneccessary things, offer the hearty substance and satisfaction you crave, while nourishing your body with nutrients that benefit your whole body. Metaphysically, we can relate this to the "root" of our own bodies that represent letting go of what no longer serves us, grounding, nourishing ourselves with constant self-care and finding stable ground. 

 

Be sure to be following us on Instagram & Facebook so you do not miss Wednesday's post on the root chakra! 

 

2 comments "Getting to the Root: 3 Root Vegetables You Should Be Eating Right Now"

  • Kayla hall

    How do you make burdock root soup

  • Twandawilliams

    Yes. I kno i do i luv fruits and vegetables i love being a vegan?

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