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Grounded & Rooted with Potatoes SuperPowers By Caroline Grenier

Updated: Apr 21, 2023

Grounded & Rooted with Potatoes SuperPowers

By Caroline Grenier

Potatoes are a versatile root vegetable and are one of the most common and important food sources on the planet. In addition to being budget-friendly, there are many health benefits to potatoes.

They’re rich in energy, fiber, vitamins, and minerals that make them all the more a nutritious staple food worldwide. Because the potato is a root vegetable, it is rich in essential minerals that help you build strong bones and benefit your nerve and muscle function. The fibers in potatoes are mostly available in the skin, so don’t peel the potatoes skin. Potatoes are considered to be a comfort food and available all year around.

Potatoes are a nutritious, healthy food that is rich in vitamins A, C, & B-complex and minerals such as manganese, iron, magnesium, and potassium. A good source of vitamin B6; a vitamin which is essential for the formation of almost every new cell in the body. Their fiber content also helps to lower blood LDL cholesterol and keep blood sugar levels stable and within normal range. Potatoes are good for a baby since their digestion system cannot digest hard food but the texture of potatoes is excellent for the baby's bowel. Potatoes are high in water when fresh, potatoes are primarily composed of carbs and contain moderate amounts of protein, fiber and are virtually fat-free. Also a fun fact; you’d have to eat four bananas to get the same amount of potassium that’s found in potatoes.

Nourishing foods are abundant coming from roots and starches. These root vegetables like potatoes, sweet potatoes, carrots, winter squashes or roots like ginger and turmeric can energetically ground you. Since they are roots that grow in the ground, you can imagine them supporting your own roots. They also contain nutrient-rich carbohydrates and a wide array of vitamins and minerals to support your immune system in the winter.

You can also make tea with ginger and turmeric to warm you up day or night. Try roasting root veggies or making warm soups, stews, or chili’s to ground and nourish you. There’s something so soothing about a warm soup in the winter to feel cozy and grounded.

Relieve Stress

Potatoes are an important food for those who are overstressed or recovering from adrenal exhaustion as well as beneficial for depression, insomnia, sleep disorders and even brain fog. The high amounts of copper and iron is known for boosting brain activity. They can prevent the brain from getting fatigue and improve cognitive activity. In addition, the human brain needs oxygen and potatoes can deliver oxygen to the brain.

Promote Sleep

Tryptophan, which is naturally found in potatoes, is a natural sedative that ensures good sleep. Also, the potassium in potatoes acts as a muscle relaxant, which further ensures a more restful sleep; while feeling more grounded. Foods high in carbohydrates often inhibit regular sleeping patterns, especially in children.

Help Promote Digestion

The fibre content of potatoes aids smoother digestion. Fiber supports digestion and promotes bowel regularity by adding bulk to stool. Potatoes can also help quick recovery from diarrhea. Potato skins also contain a good amount of fiber, which moves slowly through the body undigested, promoting fullness and decreasing hunger.

Treat Your Skin

Treating skin ailments with potatoes is an inexpensive and natural way to look your best. Try a potato juice facial by topically applying it to whiten the skin and remove dark spots and hyperpigmentation or use sliced potatoes on eyelids to reduce the appearance of dark circles and swelling. Headaches To treat a headache with potato, place a thin slice on the forehead.

Potatoes can quickly move into the less than healthy category when they are loaded with toppings such as cheese, sour cream, and bacon or by choosing fried versions like french fries and chips. When you are mindful potatoes bring satisfaction with any meal and can be part of breakfast, lunch, or dinner. The way you prepare your potatoes can influence their nutrient content and with 1,500–2,000 different varieties that range in color, size and nutrients. They are naturally gluten-free and can be prepared in many ways, including boiled, baked and steamed. However, frying potatoes may dramatically increase their calorie content. French fries and chips — that have been soaked in oil and cooked under high heat and is usually considered fast food items. For optimal health, it’s best to limit or avoid these products altogether.

Another way to feel grounded is to eat from Mother Nature’s foods as much as possible and get rooted with the healing superpowers while taking time to be grateful and to pause and breathe before a meal. Taking 5 deep breaths before you eat adds a moment of mindfulness and helps prepare your body for digestion. When your nervous system is calm, you’re able to “rest and digest.” With time and practice, you may find this to be a soothing practice to connect to your body and enjoy food fully and digest better.

Potatoes can ground you and bring you health and balance with this powerful root vegetable. They may improve digestion, strengthen the immune system, reduce signs of aging, protect the skin, increase circulation, reduce blood pressure, maintain fluid balance, reduce stress, reduce insomnia and so much more. Potatoes are a wonderful root vegetable as they are grown within the ground and anchored into our earth… which is grounding in itself. (For entertainment and general information purposes only. Individuals should always consult a health care provider before taking on any of these suggestions. Using your own discretion is the sole responsibility of all individuals.)

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