“The garden suggests there might be a place where we can meet nature halfway.” Michael Pollan
While working on some research on juicing, I thought, “might as well go all in and get as much information on each ingredient as possible so that readers may take note of how powerful these concoctions are”. Well, I did that and after seeing how much information each ingredient provided, I decided it would be most beneficial to focus on one ingredient at a time. This is also how the coaching process works. To slowly transition clients to a healthier lifestyle, we introduce one healthy choice at a time so that they may become familiar and not feel overwhelmed. We have provided straightforward facts that are easily comprehended below. So, this week we have one of my favorites; the beet.
This highly beneficial root vegetable is practically magical in all that it offers. It's packed with incredible vitamins and nutrients such as;
Vitamin C: This helps to repair tissues, decrease bad cholesterol, combat free radicals, neutralize the effects of nitrites, and fortify the immune system.
Vitamin A: It assists the mucous membrane to keep out bad bacteria and viruses. It also helps slow down the decline of the retinal function and keep vision healthy.
Potassium: One of the most important minerals, this beauty helps keep brain function stable. The more potassium your body obtains, the higher the amount of oxygen that reaches the brain. (This, for me, is one of the most incredible benefits a mineral can provide!). Increasing the oxygen levels prevents stroke. It also stabilizes blood sugar levels.
Manganese: This guy helps keep calcium in place which, in return, assisted in the prevention of osteoporosis. It is also beneficial for the skin, working alongside prolidase (an enzyme) in creating collagen. Manganese protects against oxygen related damage and uv rays. It also aids in the protection against free radical damage.
B Foliate: Birth defects, such as, spina bifida and anencephaly have been linked to insufficient consumption of this vitamin. People who regularly consume alcohol need higher amounts of B folate.
Nitric Oxides: This is a gas that assists in the communication between the body's cells. It also regulates brain activity. Increasing nitric oxide levels translates into good blood circulation and organ function.
Betaine: This substance reduces the chances of the arteries hardening, minimizes the adverse effects of smoking, protects against harmful fatty deposits in the liver, and relieves dry mouth.
Phytonutrients: Anti Oxidizing and anti inflammatory are only two of the positive statements this substance makes. It also enhances intercellular communication, repairs DNA damage from exposure to toxins, enhances immunity, detoxifies carcinogens, and reduces cancer and heart disease. WOW! These countless qualities make me crave some phytonutrients! Best buds for life.
Betalin Pigments: This guy right here fights fatigue, free radicals, and joint discomfort. It also supports flexibility (for you yogis), anti aging (for the beauty gurus), and improves mental alertness.
How can anyone not be in awe of how powerful one vegetable can be. It's beautiful to know exactly what you are putting into your body and how it reacts when ingested. Having this knowledge allows you to create an intention so that you may practice mindful eating. This is a very healing practice and affects how the food works with your body.
I love adding raw beets and it's greens to my juices because, as you may see, the benefits are infinite. It also provides a boost of energy and sweetness (for those who aren't too into the bitter green juices). Below is one of my favorite raw juice recipes:
Green Beet Juice
Half a beet
4 stalks of kale
3 stalks of beet greens
One whole green apple
Ginger (to your liking)
Lemon (to your liking)
Aside from juices, beets taste wonderful baked or steamed and may be added as a side dish or mixed into quinoa. This beauty can also be thrown in with beans made with lots of garlic (another superfood!).
Make sure to grab this living goddess next time you hit the market