Roots and Tubers – The Reservoirs of Minerals in Our Diet

The balanced diet is an important aspect of the growth and Nutrition. The concept of micro and macro nutrients plays a prominent role in the consideration of dietetic requisitions of a person for various health benefits.

Roots and Tubers contribute a lot to the promotion of the positive health. Due to their antioxidative, hypoglycemic, hypocholesterolemic, antimicrobial and Antiulcerative qualities they are well known for amazing nutrients for health benefits. Many of these roots and tubers are used as traditional medicine in various Asian countries to reduce the risk of the disease and increase the health and wellness.

The ancient sages of India during the practice of their Hatha Yoga Curriculum used to consume the roots and tubers to keep them healthy. The essential minerals required for the metabolism in the body and fiber content for the proper peristalsis activity are found in abundance in these food components of the vegetables. We find a variety of these roots and tubers which are grown in most of the tropical region around the world. Yoga Teacher Training Courses give significant importance to the roots and tubers in their yogic diet. You can have following in your diet for various wonderful benefits for your health.

Raphanus Sativus is the botanical name of Radish. It is a rich source of Potassium which is a water-soluble mineral playing a role of electrolyte in conduction in the body. We can also find phosphorus, sodium, copper, calcium, magnesium and manganese in Radish. We can have it as Salad, curry. The stuffed mooli paratha is popular north Indian bread.

It is known as Daucus Carota which is packed with multivitamins. It is rich sources of the minerals such as Potassium and Sodium. Other minerals which are found in Carrot are zinc, manganese magnesium and iron including phosphorus. Raw carrots are the best sources of dietary fiber helpful in the prevention of the tendencies of constipation.

Botanically know as Beta Vulgaris. It is a rich source of folic acid and Iron along with calcium. Iron is very important for the formation of hemoglobin in the blood. This delicious root is packed with a higher concentration of nitrates which are good for various health benefits.

The phytochemicals in these roots and tubers such as carotenoids, ascorbic acid various therapeutical applications.


Healthy teas that can be grown in Garden

Herbal tea

If you want to get real organic tea and have a taste of it, then you should grow it in your kitchen garden. Yes, dear, it can be grown right there. Well, I am talking about herbs which taste like tea and can be very beneficial for your health. Here are a few herbs which you will really enjoy growing and the brewing as tea.

  • Lemon Grass – You can grow this aromatic herb in a flower pot. It really grows well where there is water. Water the plant carefully. Pluck the grass like leaves to boil and make a nice smelling herbal tea preparation.
  • Lemon Balm – This is from the mint family and has strong lemon and mint flavour. It is also known as the happy herb as it takes away your stress. It helps even in common cold and cough. A brewed tea from the leaves will help in getting over a hangover as well. Many benefits of a herb that grows naturally in shallow soil. The only care you need to take is to not put much water or expose it to direct sunlight. Grow it in a plastic jar away from exposed area.
  • Mint – The great minty flavour they call it. Tea made from mint has the property of regularising your digestion. A cup daily will also keep common cold away. Yes, I did not have a cold for four years since I have started drinking mint tea every morning.
  • Tea the real one – You need some deep soil and good sunrays coming in. There are fertilisers which will help the shrub grow. Keeping the soil moist always is also necessary. Once they have a dozen leaves start the plucking. You can use directly for green tea. Add some mint for the taste and enjoy!