The Other Super Power of Beets

Posted by Dr. Rick Cohen on Oct 2nd 2019

Liver health might not be the first thing that comes to mind when we think about making healthier lifestyle options, but perhaps that’s something to reconsider. Our liver is way more important than you think. This one organ affects many other aspects of your health ranging from blood, digestive, heart, and adrenal health.

The Other Super Power of Beets

Liver health might not be the first thing that comes to mind when we think about making healthier lifestyle options, but perhaps that’s something to reconsider. Our liver is way more important than you think. This one organ affects many other aspects of your health ranging from blood, digestive, heart, and adrenal health.

Let’s dive a bit deeper:

The liver’s main job is to filter and detoxify the blood that comes through the digestive track before it reaches the rest of the body. Basically, it figures out what is beneficial and metabolizes what's toxic thereby protecting your body from the many illnesses and other harmful side effects that these toxins can cause. The liver also bile important for digestion and proteins important for blood clotting and other functions.

Think for a moment about your liver as a water filter.

Just as you wouldn’t pour sludge down the filter when you know it would get clogged, you shouldn’t burden your liver with everyday toxic sludge either. Everything that enters your mouth eventually ends up in your digestive system and your blood with your liver as it’s guardian.

Stop and consider your last meal.

How do you think it could have possibly affected more than just your appetite?

Processed foods, refined foods harm our health and especially the liver as it processes and filters what we eat. It is particularly stressful on your liver to continually filter chemicals, refined sugar, alcohol and medications.

But, before you think about all the processed foods you’ve eaten and how toxic your liver might be, consider this too: nature gave us the exact foods we need to heal and take care of our liver without us having to invest in fancy detox products or liver cleanse supplements.

One of these foods is the humble beet.

Beets are one of the most common and effective natural liver detoxifiers. They have been used to fight liver toxins and to increase the overall level of health of individuals for many years, and they can be easily integrated into your diet to keep the liver working at an optimal level.

Beets are a high-antioxidant vegetable that contains a number of nutrients that have been shown to be cleansing and detoxifying. For your liver, beets are used to break down toxic wastes to help excrete them from the body faster. They do this by improving enzymatic activity and stimulating bile flow.

A few of the most important nutrients include:

  • Betaine, which helps ensure proper liver function by promoting cellular reproduction and detoxification. Additionally, betaine decreases the risk of coronary and cerebral artery diseases, as it lowers inflammation in the body, allowing the many systems to work without interruption.
  • Pectin, a fiber which clears the toxins that have been removed from the liver so they don't reincorporate back into the body.
  • Betalains, the dark red pigment in beets that have high anti-inflammatory properties to encourage the detoxification process and even protect your body against cancer.

And it doesn’t stop there.

They help heal a damaged liver, decrease homocysteine, improve stomach acid production, prevent the formation of free-radicals in LDL, and prevent of lung, liver, skin, spleen, and colon cancer. Beets also stimulate lymphatic flow, they aid in helping increase oxygen by cleansing the blood, and they contain assist with cleansing in every way you can imagine.

Though these health benefits are not directly linked to the detoxification of the liver, they allow the body as a whole to work more efficiently. And because the systems of the body are all intertwined and rely upon one another to work properly, this indirectly affects the ability of the liver to rid itself of toxins and continue to work at an optimal level.

So it is clear that beets need to be a regular part of your diet

The best way to use beets to benefit your liver is to simply consume them on a regular basis. This is best done by a combination of cooking with beets (which maintains the pectin fibers) and juicing (which keeps the betaine intact).

The recommended serving of beets varies depending upon the source, so the best way to go about integrating them into a diet is to start the day with beet juice instead of coffee, to add grated beets to salads and other dishes where appropriate, and to include a baked or roasted beet as a side dish with dinner as often as possible.

When juicing, try combining a beet with a head of romaine, lemon, ginger, a carrot, and a cucumber for an ultra-cleansing, homemade energizing drink that will feel amazing…and enjoyable for most! And while home juicing is great, unless you have organic beets at home, it is way more convenient and economic to purchase high-quality organic beet juice powder such as PURECLEAN POWDER™ that you can easily use daily and quickly add to smoothies.

In addition, to be nutritional intact, PURECLEAN POWDER™ each 10-gram scoop contains 3 times the nitric oxide boosting nitrates which are critical for optimizing stamina, power, and health.

Cooking with beets may seem daunting, but they’re incredibly versatile! For those more culinarily inclined, roast some beets for dinner a few nights a week. Or, roast a large pan of beets on the weekend and eat them throughout the week. 

They taste delightful as they sweeten in the fridge over time, and they almost develop a caramelized flavor to them.

To roast them, simply place on a lined or greased pan (use coconut oil for best results) and add a little pepper, lemon zest, or other seasonings you might like. Roast at 375-400 (depending on the strength of your oven) for around 45 minutes until the edges start to crisp up.

Much like sweet potatoes taste when roasted, beets should be slightly crisp on the outside and gushy and soft on the inside! They go nicely over salads instead of meat and pair wonderfully with kale, hemp seeds, and a lemon and apple cider vinegar dressing

. Or, mix up a bunch of root veggies such as sweet potatoes, winter squash, onions, carrots, and beets for an even more liver-enhancing meal. Each of these contains fiber, detoxifying properties, and are excellent sources of nutrition.

If you are looking for a natural way to improve the health of your liver and to enhance your overall state of well-being you will quickly find that incorporating beets into your diet will not only be enjoyable but your body will thank you each and every do.

Beet’s truly can’t be beat!