Thursday, October 9, 2014

Beets & Updates

So, I wanted to get a new post up proving I am still alive. It is not like me to take such a long break from blogging. I have been super busy with a new job and making plans for updates to my blog. I apologize. One main reason I haven't posted anything is because I am getting a new fancy camera and I want to post awesome pictures for y'all. I am also in the process of making some easy navigation upgrades to the blog and adding some great material. For this post I want to share some very cool information about a vegetable. BEETS! Not the Dr.Dre ones, but the reddish purple ones that no one likes!

I have read all about why beets are great for you, but never put them into action in my kitchen. Still too afraid to make the commitment, I found myself at my local health food store buying beet root powder. It's smell is earthy/dirty as well as its mild taste. Most use it in cakes or smoothies for coloring. Let's discuss some benefits of Beet Root!

Benefits of Beets: 

  • Rich in Nitrate, compounds that can improve blood flow and lower blood pressure.
  • Full of antioxidants, dietary fiber, magnesium, folic acid, calcium, iron, potassium, vitamins A, B, & C, Folate, Manganese & many many more.
  • Lowers Blood Pressure
  • Increase brain blood flow
  • Improve exercise endurance
  • Cleanse the body
  • Great tonic for the liver
  • A Purifier for the blood
  • Prevents various types of cancer
  • Helps your mental health
  • Contains Betaine: The same substance used to treat depression
  • Contains Trytophan: Relaxes the mind and creates a sense of well being

Ok so, lots of good benefits! Another thing I want to add is how it helps with stomach acid. So basically, if you eat beets and you pee and your pee is still its natural color then you have high stomach acid. If you pee and its pinkish, then you have low stomach acid. Cool right? Right. Well how about a little history on beets. They were used as far back as the Romans to ensure a long and healthy life. Hippocrates also used beets to heal wounds. The italians used them as an aphrodisiac! and India used them for infections and coughs. Are you going to buy some beets yet?

I finally used my beet powder in my smoothie, it was pretty earthy tasting. BUT I also used a TBS when I should have used a TSP! Big difference! 1 tsp = 1 beet. Keep that in mind! Happy juicing (if thats the road you choose to take). namaste!

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