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 and purifier 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!).
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 properties, 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.
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.
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