Root vegetables are literally at the heart of very early spring—they bring some of the most strengthening, straight-from-the-earth vitamins and minerals directly into our bodies.
And right about now, we need it most, right? All winter in New England, most of us have eaten produce that’s been either shipped from somewhere else, canned, or raised in a hothouse. Sure, they help keep us going. But not in the way that these early-spring root veggies do.
So, these guys have arrived just in time. While we’ve been suffering above-ground with all the snowstorms this winter, these little tubers and taproots have been below ground, thriving and gathering huge amounts of nutritional value.
Because root vegetables are grown underground, they absorb a great amount of nutrients from the soil. Packed with a high concentration of antioxidants, Vitamin A, B, C, and iron, they help to detox and cleanse your system.
As a result, they’ll not only improve your physical well being, but improve your mental health as well. That’s 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).
So when we eat/drink roots veggies, here are the kinds of benefits we can reap:
1. Get Your Iron On.
Toss a cup of diced white turnip into the pot the next time you make a stew or curry. It has about one third of your daily needs of vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant that helps with the absorption of iron and also assists the body in making collagen for bones and cartilage.
2. Increase your exercise stamina.
Drinking beet juice could help you exercise longer, according to a study published in the Journal of Applied Physiology in 2009. After drinking two cups of it daily for six days, eight participants were able to cycle up to 16 percent longer than when they drank a placebo. The study shows how the nitrate contained in beet juice leads to an improved use of oxygen.
3. Boost your beta.
Putting carrots into your favorite soup equals an excellent source of beta-carotene. The body converts this antioxidant into vitamin A, which means better vision (Hello, Bugs Bunny) and bone growth, to boot.
4. Move gingerly.
Similar to beets, ginger is a powerhouse root, thanks to its natural antibiotic, anti-inflammatory, and detoxification properties. With a sweet spicy flavor, it’s extra-great when added to a juice. All of the above are pretty fantastic reasons to get back to your roots this spring with this special roots cleanse.