Beetroot is all the rage in Australia! It can be found from burgers, smoothies and to salads and more. This burgundy, rich red turnip shaped vegetable has also woven itself into the health industry. The medicinal benefits of beetroot to the gut, skin, hair and overall body are coming to fruition. This article will focus on four key benefits of beetroot to the gut and the overall benefit to one’s health.
The balancing and the overall healthy function of the gut is determinative on the balance of good vs bad. The gut has to find a balance between good vs bad bacteria. A large influx of good bacteria build fatty acids, whilst too much bad bacteria results in stomach pains and bodily inflammations. Beetroot can help this balance through its soluble fibre and insoluble fibre properties. This performs two tasks of maintaining good bacteria and limiting the growth of fatty acids, whilst balancing good bacteria and limiting the symptoms of bad bacteria, including stomach aches and skin irritation.
More than just a pretty colour
Beetroot’s distinctive deep, rich burgundy-red colour is more than just a treat for the eyes. This distinctive colour can be attributed to phytochemicals. These phytochemicals contain anti-inflammatory properties that provide relief to the gut and the lower bowel, in situations where the gut becomes inflamed. The inflammation is often felt at the lower bowel and is the result of a viral infection or the imbalance between good vs bad bacteria. The anti-inflammatory properties of beetroot go beyond the gut and can provide joint pain relief in other areas of the body.
Beetroot is a source of probiotics
Beetroot can also be a source of restoring your gut to its original factory settings. The gut requires a balance of good and bad bacteria, however, between the two is bacteria that if not tamed can cause havoc within your gut in the form of viral infections. These infections could be merely upset stomachs and skin irritants that eventually pass, however, these bacteria can also be disastrous manifesting in irritable bowel syndrome for example. Beetroot is a source of maintaining this between bacteria between goods vs bad bacteria, improving digestion and encouraging and promoting the growth of good bacteria to warn off inflammations and other symptoms of the overgrowth of bad bacteria.
Beetroot alone contains vitamin C and iron – together the vitamin C allows for better absorption of the iron into the gut’s intestines. Better absorption of iron increases blood flow in the body, whilst vitamin C allows the production of more collagen essential to the body’s protein and the production of collagen for youthful-looking skin. Manganese also found in oysters promotes healthy joints through generating connective tissue. Beetroot also contains potassium, found mostly in bananas essential for water retention.
Beetroot may look unimpressive but it does wonders to your gut, skin and overall health. ALL these nutrients found in different foods and ingredients are in a single beetroot! This might explain the rage of beetroot in Australia as well as in France and the United States. The world is onto something great, so beet it!