The Magic of Beets

Beets are rich in antioxidants, anti-inflammatory properties, and fiber.

Inflammation is at the root of many diseases—a common factor, Harvard calls it.

Multiple rounds of strong antibiotics left me at a lower health point than I’ve ever been in my life. My immune system seemed almost nonexistent, and chronic yeast infections, UTIs, and kidney infections left me exhausted, depressed, and fearful.

There is no one thing that is going to restore broken health. In my blog, I talk about the things that have helped me the most consistently, the things that become lifelines between me and getting my health back. The year 2019 was a year of healing for me. I’ve lost sixteen pounds, beat yeast, banished recurrent UTIs (for the time being), and started waking up with a brightness to my outlook I haven’t had in years.

Just recently, in addition to the wonders of keto coffee and yoga, I’ve discovered the humble beet.

Beets are nutrient-dense. They’re a rich source of folate. They also contain iron, B6, magnesium, and manganese. If you’re trying to lower your blood pressure, eat beets. If you’re fighting inflammation in your body, eat beets. One cup of beets contains a generous 3.4 grams of fiber, so if you’re trying to balance blood sugar and cleanse your colon, you guessed it—eat beets. Even those who suffer from inflammatory bowel disease can benefit from beets.

I buy beets cooked in ready-to-eat packages at Costco.com. I love that I don’t even have to cook them. Prepping and cooking beets is a messy process. Most of the time, I don’t even heat these nutritional wonders. I like them cold with salt. If my chef husband is around, I get them with rosemary—divine!

I have experienced relief from inflammatory symptoms on the days that I eat beets more than on other days. All that fiber and those anti-inflammatory betalains really benefit gut health!

Here’s a tip. If you’ve read a lot about the benefits of probiotics but don’t seem to be experiencing much of their benefits when you take them, make sure you’re adding prebiotic fibers to your diet. Probiotics can’t live without prebiotics (what will we discover next?), and I can’t imagine a better source of prebiotic fiber than the simple, humble beet.

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If you want even more beet goodness in your diet, or you can’t imagining slicing up a this cold, red vegetable every day like I do, try a really easy and yummy source of beetroot powder I just added to my diet, Simple Reds. Because I’m fighting a fairly relentless battle against inflammation, I double up on beet’s benefits by drinking Super Reds daily. This supplementary powder dissolves easily in water and is really yummy! Even Anneka (my four-year-old) agrees.

This handy and easy-to-drink supplement also contains the following antioxidants: Acai berry, goji berry, pomegranate, black currant, and hawthorn berry (hawthorn berry is really good for inflammation and circulation as well)!

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For more solutions for tired and exhausted immune systems, and to find energy to reboot your dreams, check out Super Green Girl.

Super Reds label.

Beetroot, hawthorn berry, goji berry, Aronia berry, amla fruit, grape skin extract, green tea leaf extract, quercetin dihydrate, maqui berry, raspberry, blueberry, strawberry, cranberry, cherry fruit, acai berry, black currant fruit, bilberry, acerola cherry, blackberry, elderberry, pomegranate fruit, pineapple fruit, pear fruit, peach fruit, mango fruit, carrot, tomato fruit, papaya fruit, apple fruit, inulin, beet fiber, apple fruit pectin, grapefruit skin pectin, citrus skin pectin.

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