(NaturalHealth365) If ever we had a perfect food to cleanse the liver, it would be beets! Why? Because beets are extremely high in plant ‘flavonoids’ and beta-carotene. In fact, widely-known in natural healing circles, eating beets (and carrots) can help stimulate and improve overall liver function.
Indeed, the only ‘common’ thing about beets are that they grow prolifically around the world – yet most of the nutritional components are quite unique and great for detoxifying the body.
Tell me about the nutritional benefits of beets
Beets come in a variety of colors, however, we recommend using the dark red beets – most of the time – because of their dark pigment. Highly regarded by most (well-educated) nutritionists – beets are rich in natural iron and they cleanse the blood beautifully – especially when you combine the beet greens into a freshly-prepared juice.
Although rich in folates, phosphorus, vitamin C, copper, potassium and manganese – these important nutrients are lost when you cook beets or any other vegetable. Just be careful not to keep them too long in the refrigerator, as beet greens can turn limp and almost unusable after a few days.
In addition, vitamins, enzymes and some minerals can evaporate – into the air – when we cook beets. And, if you’re one of those people who cannot stand cooked beets, you’re going to be pleasantly surprised when you incorporate them into a fresh juicing regime. They’re delicious!
So how do I use beets properly?
The best way to use beets is through juicing. Even three year old children love to drink beet juice. The reason is simple – beets are sweet.
When we combine them with other vegetables such as carrots or cucumber, celery, dark leafy greens and apples – you’ve got a winning combination. According to my husband, Jay Kordich, when you combine apples with beets, it makes for a very important combination because of the natural pectin in the apples and the betaine from the beets which double the health benefits.
Keep reading to receive one of Jay’s most famous juice combinations. Jay has been using this recipe for over 65 years and recommends it for people complaining of a ‘fatty liver’ or gallbladder congestion. It’s also a simple way to help clean out the bloodstream. Enjoy!
The Jay Kordich Liver Mover
1 small to medium sized red beet with its greens
2 red delicious apples
If you want to make it more powerful and effective for the Liver, add 6 fresh dandelion leaves to the mixture, along with 2 medium sized cucumbers. This tonic will produce over 32 ounces of juice. And, originally made, you will have approximately 16 ounces of juice.
Are there any negative side effects to drinking too much beet juice?
The answer is yes! If you juice too many beets or even juice one large beet with its greens, you will first start to feel that your throat is hoarse or that your throat is feeling raw and uncomfortable. Another side effect is that beets can cause nausea and diarrhea, so be careful not to use too many beets at once!
We recommend, for the first time user, you only use ½ a beet for the first week, then you can ease into using 1 medium sized beet combined with other vegetables or apples.
Never, ever, juice beets alone. They will cause, even for people like us who have been juicing for many decades, nausea and/or digestive disruptions. One last note – don’t be alarmed if your stools turn red or your urine turns pink. This is normal. It’s just the powerful pigments in beets.
Other ways to incorporate beets into your daily diet
Try using grated beets in your salad. A tip to remember is to grate them last, in your salad, so that the beauty of your salad is not ruined by the way beets bleed in color.
You can also use fresh lemon juice to keep them from bleeding their natural red color into your salad. You may also want to use them in tacos, tostadas, wraps and in homemade flaxseed crackers.
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About the author: Linda Kordich has been married for 33 years to Jay Kordich, world renown health educator and the “Father of Juicing”. She is the co-author of their new book, Live Foods Live Bodies and teaches throughout the world on the ‘Powers of the Gentle Art of Foods and Juices’. For more information about Jay and Linda Kordich – visit: www.JayKordich.com
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