A Recipe for Health: You’ll Need to Dig Deep
If you want to stay healthy dig deep down into the roots of your being and improve your circulation. A sedentary lifestyle is detrimental to your health. Everyone knows we need to move the body to ensure proper circulation. But did you know that many foods can also help ensure circulation and thus health? What’s so important about circulation?
Blood circulates throughout the body carrying nutrients to the organs, muscles, and bones. This fresh blood is needed by the body to maintain health. When circulation is compromised parts of the body suffer. That’s why it is good to dig deep into your body and keep your blood circulating. But it’s not enough to keep the blood moving. The blood needs to be supplied with healthy nutrients.
Some foods that we eat are spicy and fiery and therefore enhance circulation. Some foods like heavy fatty foods inhibit circulation. One simple food that is good for circulation, is full of nutrients, low in calories and is very cheap to buy is the radish. Yes, those little bunches of red tubes with long roots you see in the grocery store are just the recipe you need for good health.
I am one of those people, who love a fresh radish. Its peppery clean taste excites the taste buds and heats the body. Bite into a radish and you can feel the slight jolt of its nutritious heat. That’s the radish going to work to create circulation throughout your body.
The radish is a root vegetable. It’s very low in calories; about 16 calories per 100g. However, they are a great source of anti-oxidants, minerals, vitamins and dietary fiber. Radishes are low in saturated fat and cholesterol. They are an excellent source of copper, manganese, and potassium, as well as calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, zinc and sodium.
They also provide a very good supply of vitamin B6 and vitamin C. Vitamin C is a water-soluble antioxidant required by the body for the synthesis of collagen and collagen is needed for healthy glowing skin.
B6 is an essential vitamin that helps with carpel tunnel, skin problems, nervous disorders and mucous membranes. It also has been shown to help improve mild depression.
Folate is another important nutrient found in radishes. A 2010 opinion article in the New York Times states that folate may be helpful in treating Alzheimer’s disease
In one of the earliest of myths, the hero Gilgamesh goes out in search of a plant that promises to give him immortality. It is the radish that he finds. Buddhism also references the radish as a food that has deep roots. It symbolizes the feeling you get when you are inspired from some deep place within to make a positive change in your life or to create an object of deep beauty.
Perhaps the meaning of life lies hidden within the vegetable section of the grocery store where little radishes await to inspire you and lift your mood while bringing forth nutrients that will fire up your circulation. Radishes are truly a recipe for a healthy body, mind, and soul.
Here is a simple radish recipe for your health:
Radish salad –
Radishes, if you recall, are low in calories, high in fiber, good for circulation and brain health.
1 bunch of red radishes
1 Tbs of olive oil
2 scallions minced
2 Tbs of fresh parsley minced
½ Tsp ground pepper
- Trim radishes and coarsely grind in a food processor. Put olive oil, parsley, and scallions in a small pan and heat stirring until tender. Stir in radishes and stir for about 2 minutes. Remove from heat and top with pepper.
- Butter lettuce
- Goat’s cheese
- Place leaves of butter lettuce on a chilled plate with crumbled goat cheese. In the middle, place a scoop of the radish mixture. Serve with balsamic vinegar and olive oil.
Dig deep and enjoy good health!
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Dr. Anderson holds a Ph.D. in Natural Health and an N.D. with an emphasis in Aromatherapy, herbology, and nutrition. She is a Certified Yoga Therapist and an adjunct Professor at LMU. She is a published author, has appeared on numerous radio shows and TV networks.