This time of year I often see clients who are struggling with seasonal colds, hay fever and lethargy. So I like to recommend foods that are engineered to re-balance and sooth inflammation.
This unassuming root vegetable packs more health benefits than you may suspect. By stimulating the flow of bile, radishes are a useful tool for fat digestion, de-congesting the gall bladder, and cleansing of both the liver and the blood. They have also been used to break up gallstones and kidney stones.
A way to enjoy...
Other than their wonderful peppery flavour and their textural crunch, radishes have some great health benefits that are great for this time of year when the weather starts to heat up and hay fever sets in.
Try them at home, simply add fresh basil, a drizzle of olive oil and some Celtic sea salt and enjoy!
the health benefits....
1. Naturally cooling
Radishes are a naturally cooling food and their pungent flavor is highly regarded in eastern medicine for the ability to decrease excess heat in the body that can build up during the warmer months.
2. Sooth sore throats
Their pungent flavor and natural spice can help eliminate excess mucus in the body and can be especially helpful when fighting a cold. Radishes can help clear the sinuses and soothe soar throats too.
3. Aids digestion
Radishes are a natural cleansing agent for the digestive system, helping to break down and eliminate stagnant food and toxins built up over time.
4. Prevents viral infections
Because of their high vitamin C content and natural cleansing effects, regular consumption of radishes can help prevent viral infections.
5. Eliminates toxins
In Eastern and Ayurvedic healing practices radishes are said to have effective toxin-purging effects, helping break down and eliminate toxins and cancer-causing free radicals in the body.
6. Supports Immune function and staves off disease.
As a member of the cruciferous vegetable family (same family as broccoli and cabbage) radishes contain phytonutrients, fibre, vitamins and minerals that are cancer protecting.
7. Relieves indigestion
Radishes have a calming effect on the digestive system and can help relieve bloating and indigestion.
8. Low in calories, high in nutrients
With a very low calorie count, less than 20 calories in an entire cup, radishes are a great way to add nutrients, fibre and tons of flavor to your meals without compromising your health.
9. Keeps you hydrated
With a high water content and lots of vitamin C as well as phosphorus and zinc, radishes are a nourishing food for the tissues and can help keep your body hydrated and your skin looking fresh and healthy all summer long!