Beets were one of those vegetables (one of many) that I couldn’t stand growing up.  Now I can’t imagine not eating or drinking them almost daily.  Not only do beets taste great, but they are so incredibly good for you.

 Health Benefits

 Calm anxiety and alleviate emotional heartache

Nourish yin, which calms the mind and cools you down

Low in calories

Stimulate liver function and purify the blood

High in fiber, potassium, folate, vitamin C, iron, magnesium, copper, phosphorus

High in tryptophan, a natural sedative

Prevent cataracts and macular degeneration

Boost energy

Reduce inflammation

Reduce cholesterol and triglycerides

Lessen tumor cell growth

Support blood vessels

Relieve constipation

Boost immune system

Beware. Your stool and urine may turn red from consuming beets. Many of you may laugh at this warning. But several of my patients who weren’t used to eating beets have thought that they were seeing blood and rushed to the emergency room.

 My favorite way is to have beets in juice with carrots, kale, parsley, ginger, cucumber, and an apple. This drink will give you energy for hours and is an excellent way to prevent colds.You can enjoy beets in soup, shredded in salads raw, or baked like a potato. Add one beet to a pureed carrot soup for extra flavor and nutrients.

 Live natural. Live well.


About the Author

Heather Lounsbury, L.Ac.

Heather Lounsbury, L.Ac., is an acupuncturist, holistic healthcare provider and the author of Fix Your Mood With Food.

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