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Health from the Root

By Ruchel Louis Coetzee
Posted On Feb 01, 2021
Health from the Root

Delve into the rich benefits of Mother Earth to experience nourishing nutrition. It’s what’s underneath—not necessarily on top—that delivers a treasure.

YAMS
Around the holidays, we give thanks to the lowly yam wallowing in marshmallows for our healthy eyes and skin. The more vibrant its color, the richer its beta carotene, which our bodies use to produce vitamin A. Eat them for the rest of the year to supe up your immune system.

BEETS
Beets are blessed with phytonutrients called betalain that offer powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory support. Betalain, together with vitamin C and manganese—also found in this root vegetable—offer very valuable additions to your daily diet. Grate raw beets into your next salad for maximum nutrient benefit.

GINGER
For life’s aches and pains, fresh ginger in a cup of hot water—or in a smoothie—works miracles. This elixir also helps nausea and facilitates the absorption of essential nutrients. When you’re feeling blue, dip a piece of ginger into honey and chew slowly for a quick mood change.

FENNEL
If you find yourself running on empty, chop some iron-rich fennel stalks into your salad for instant energy. This versatile bulb also comes in handy if you need to freshen up your breath or ease your digestion or constipation. It’s a versatile and natural solution when you’re in a bind!

PARSNIPS
This pale root veggie is surprisingly high in vitamin K and is necessary for blood and bone health. Boasting a sweet, distinctive flavor, parsnips are rich in omega fatty acids, as well as vitamins C and E. Mash parsnips and cauliflower together for a one-two nutrient punch.