The liver is one of the main organs involved in the natural detoxification process. It manages the excretion of toxins and other potentially harmful substances, preventing toxins to accumulate and lead to various health conditions. While your liver is well suited to detox those toxins, it often needs a little help. In fact, your liver hasn’t been designed to manage that much environmental toxin. Your body is in constant contact with a scary number of toxins and chemicals everyday. This is very high exposure is a new phenomenon; most of those toxins weren’t part of our daily life just 50 years ago.
Hopefully, Mother Nature comes to the rescue with a variety of delicious foods to support the liver detoxification. One of the most common detox foods to cleanse the liver is the beet. High in antioxidants, beets has a number of healthful substances such as betaine, betalains, fiber, iron, betacynin, folate, and pectin. Beets contain dietary fiber that helps to absorb the toxins and flush them out of the body. To benefit from the beet fiber, you must eat it in its whole form, instead of juicing it.
However beet juice also have powerful health benefits. Beet juice is rich in betaine, a substance that supports the liver to detoxify from toxins. Betaine also protects against cardiovascular diseases and reduces inflammation.
One of the best ways to benefit from the healthy compounds of beets is to swap your morning cup of Joe by a delicious glass of fresh beet juice. You can start by adding some beet juice to a smoothie to start with if your taste buds need some time to adapt. You can also add grated beets to salads, or use steamed beets as a healthy side dish.
How do you like your beets? Do you drink beet juice?