7 Reasons to Add This Super Food to your Spring Diet
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I love beetroots and at this time of year I enjoy them even more knowing they are really helping my body to clear out the remnants of the heavier winter diet. Ayurveda recognises that at this time of year, our bodies are working hard to clear congestion from and to lighten the load on our internal organs to prepare us for the more active months ahead. You might have noticed lately that your body feels a little more lethargic and heavy than usual, your digestion maybe a little more sluggish, and perhaps you also feel fatigued and heavy in mind and spirit. Supporting the body’s efforts at this time of year with a seasonal diet which includes Spring’s super foods can go a long way towards helping us enjoy a healthier year ahead with more vitality and positivity.
Here are 7 reasons to include the deliciious and nutritions red Beetroot in your spring diet. It’s best to eat them raw in the Spring, When cooked the starches turn to sugars: so I’ve included a yummy recipe for a cleansing beetroot salad at the bottom of this page. Make sure you scroll down to find it!
- Number one benefit at this time of year, has to be that beets are a blood purifier and they help to thin the bile thus supporting liver detoxification.
- The betalin pigments in beets support phase 2 of the detoxification phase in your body. In this phase, broken down toxins bind to other molecules so they can be excreted from your body.
- They are high in immune boosting vitamin C.
- They are rich in potassium, which has been called the “cellular detox mineral”. It’s also an electrolyte which spreads energy to muscles, cells, tissues, and organs, ensuring everything is working as it should.
- Betaine found in beets is an anti-inflammatory molecule and it helps protects cells, proteins, and enzymes from environmental stress.
- Research showed the red pigment giving phytonutrients of beetroots may help to ward off cancer.
- The nitrates in beets have been found to reduce blood pressure and so are great for individuals at risk of cardiovascular disease.
Beetroot Salad (pictured above): Recipe
Simply grate a washed, organic fresh beetroot, and mix in a bowl with ginger juice, fresh squeezed lemon juice and a teaspoon of dijon mustard. Add chopped fresh parsely to dress the salad – parsley is also rich in potassium and has high levels of antoxidants including Vitamin C and A.
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