Monday, April 20, 2009

Can i "Beet" you...

I have started eating healthier and wanted to share with everyone all the nutritional value of one of my favorite foods, beets! I like to add some lemon juice and some mayonnaise (organic) and some salt and pepper.
Beet Facts:

"Nutritionally: 1 beet has only 35 calories and is high folic acid (especially important for pregnant women). Beet and beet greens also contain potassium, calcium and betacyanin, (an antioxidant.) The leafy greens are also edible and even more nutritious!

How to choose: Look for small/medium bulbs that are firm; smooth and a deep rich color with the fresh greens still attached. Choose beets that are heavy for their size.

How to store: Take off all but a gracious inch or so of the greens before you store each (the roots and the tops) in separate plastic bags in the vegetable drawer in your refrigerator. Make sure the roots are dry and don’t wash them until you're about to cook them. Moisten a paper towel and wrap the greens in it before placing them in the plastic bag. Beets can keep for quite a while (3 weeks!) but you have to use the tops within a few days. Peel beets AFTER they are cooked – if you’re careful not to break the skin while washing, you won’t lose too much of that beautiful color (and nutritional value) when cooking. Rub cooked beets in a paper towel or peel under cool water.

Fun Fact: let’s just say that when you go number one or number two, don't be alarmed, you may remember you ate red beets (hint: color)."

"Beets have long been known for its amazing health benefits for almost every part of the body. And yet, it is something that very few people take, much less its juice.
Start adding beets to your juicing diet to enjoy all its heavenly goodness:"

Acidosis: Its alkalinity is essential and effective in combating acidosis.

Anemia: The high content of iron in beets regenerates and reactivates the red blood cells and supplies fresh oxygen to the body. The copper content in beets help make the iron more available to the body. A great blood builder.

Atherosclerosis: This wonderful crimson juice is a powerful solvent for inorganic calcium deposits that cause the arteries to harden.

Blood pressure: All its healing and medicinal values effectively normalizes blood pressure, lowering high blood pressure or elevating low blood pressure.

Cancer: Betaine, an amino acid in beet root, has significant anti-cancer properties. Studies show that beets juice inhibits formation of cancer-causing compounds and is protective against colon or stomach cancer.

Constipation: The cellulose content helps to ease bowel movements. Drinking beets juice regularly will help relieve chronic constipation.

Dandruff: Mix a little vinegar to a small cup of beets juice. Massage it into the scalp with your fingertips and leave on for about an hour, then rinse. Do this daily till dandruff clears up. Warning: you will smell awful during this hour!

Detoxification: The chlorine from this wonderful juice detoxifies not only the liver, but also the entire system of excessive alcohol abuse, provided consumption is ceased.

Gastric ulcer: Mix honey with your beets juice and drink two or three times a week on an empty stomach (more frequently if your body is familiar with beets juice). It helps speed up the healing process.

Gall bladder and kidney ailments: Coupled with carrot juice, the superb cleansing virtues are exceptional for curing ailments relating to these two organs.

Gout: Another ailment that can be greatly helped by the cleansing that beets have to offer.

Liver or bile: The cleansing virtues in beets juice is very healing for liver toxicity or bile ailments, like jaundice, hepatitis, food poisoning, diarrhea or vomiting. A squeeze of lime with beets juice heightens the efficacy in treating these ailments.

Varicose veins: In similar ways that it helps to keep the elasticity of arteries, regular consumption of beets juice also helps prevent varicose veins.
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