Monday, February 13, 2012

Fermented Vegetable Juice - Day 3

Today's dose of Fermented Beet Juice was served in an interesting way. I initially wanted to have a salad but alas there was no lettuce. So I hard boiled an Egg, I washed, peeled and shredded a Carrot, washed and quartered some Cherry Tomatoes, sliced some Black Olives, diced the Egg White and reserved the Egg Yolk. From there I mashed the Egg Yolk with a teaspoon of Walnut Oil, a teaspoon of the Fermented Beet Juice, some Black Olive Juice, some of the Tomato Juice from cutting the Tomatoes and a splash of Almond Milk, this made a very tangy and tasty "dressing" for my "salad" - All in all it wasn't a bad "salad" and the Fermented Beet Juice really put some tang in my "dressing."

I have noted increased energy with each dose upon first taking the juice and it lasts about an hour. The mild tummy discomfort it caused on Day 1, has not been back since Day 1. Both Day 2 and so far Day 3 have been Gastrointestinally uneventful, lol. Though there is still a mild burning sensation in my stomach and while I cannot say for sure that it is the juice, it did begin the day I started taking it. I assume this is much like the effect Fermented Apple Cider Vinegar has, it too causes a mild burning sensation when ingested. Fear not though, this is a good thing! It's an indication that your body has adequate Hydrochloric Acid for proper food digestion. I thought today we might take a look at what makes Beets SO darn healthy!

Beets are a root vegetable with a plethora of benefits. They have been used for many, many purposes through history and modern times. In the past Beet Leaves were used for binding wounds and Beet Root was used to treat a whole host of ailments. Beets contain a strong color pigment called Betalain that has Antioxidant, Antifungal and Anti-inflammatory properties. It is useful in detoxification and may help support Cancer recovery. The Leafy Green part of Beets is high in many vitamins, including Vitamin K, Vitamin C, Vitamin, Iron, Copper, Potassium, Magnesium, Sulfur, Calcium, Choline and Silica. Though you should be warned that consuming large amounts of Beet Juice or Beets in general, may cause your stool and urine to darken or redden. Beets are quite high in naturally occurring Sugar, so I suggest taking it easy on them, maybe just a few ounces of Beet Juice a week or just a couple servings of Beets per week. 

Of course you may eat them as often and as you see fit, I have read that too much can be not so good. So like anything else, everything in moderation. Beets are especially healthy Raw because Oxalic Acid can become somewhat toxic when cooked. Though if you have eaten cooked Beets for years now, you probably know more than me, so just keep doing what you're doing. These are merely guidelines and some helpful information for folks who may not know a lot about our friend the Beet. Juicing is another wonderful option, especially if you Juice the whole Beet, greens included because the greens contain much of the nutrients in a Beet. Raw Beet and Beet Juice consumption have been show to help with Arthritis, Cancer, Eye Problems, Kidney Stones, Varicose Veins and Cardiovascular health as well. It's also been indicated that Beets and Beet Juice may help with Stomach Acid Production and improve the function of many organs.
- Any questions or comments? Feel free to leave me a message in the comments below. I'd love to hear your stories or input on Probiotics or Fermented Foods.

Until next time, Peace, Health and Happiness!

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