Did you know that beets can help you find out whether your stomach acid levels are too low? I sure didn’t!

As it turns out, beets have an interesting ability to help us find out our stomach acid levels.  Do the following  simple beet test to see if  you lack stomach acid and learn what to do about it.

To use beets for this purpose, you should have some beetroot and then inspect the color of your urine.

If your urine is clear, this indicates that your stomach acid levels are good. However, if your urine has pink color, it means that you have low stomach acid.

Your stomach pH should be acidic and it needs to produce enough amount of stomach acid in order to allow for proper food digestion. What’s more, stomach acid is required for the dissolving of proteins and liberation of vitamin B12 from food.

Lack of stomach acid may lead to various symptoms and health problems, including:

  • Heartburn
  • Indigestion
  • Bloating
  • Iron deficiency
  • Diarrhea or constipation
  • Chronic Candida
  • Belching
  • Flatulence
  • Many food allergies
  • Dry skin
  • Acne
  • Undigested food in stool
  • Rectal itching
  • Hair loss in women
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Autoimmune diseases
  • Weak, cracked, or peeling fingernails

In addition, low stomach acid will hinder your body’s capacity to process proteins properly, causing them to end in the digestive tract and remain there as protein parts.

This may give rise to many health issues, including a leaky gut. This problem occurs when gluten particles cause gaps in the small intestine, thereby enabling undigested nourishment segments to enter the circulatory system.

Moreover, the low absorption of vitamin B12 will cause deficiency of this important nutrient, which will further lead to a constant feeling of tiredness. Thus, having low stomach acid levels means having deficiencies of important nutrients like proteins and various vitamins, as well as many health issues and utter exhaustion.

Fortunately, beets are here to help you solve this issue by helping you find out what’s going on inside your stomach.

If your urine turns pink right after you’ve had a beet, then you’ll know you have a low stomach acid. In this case, here’s what you need to do to solve this issue:

  1. Have 2 glasses of water at least 15-30 minutes prior eating

Drinking water right before having your meals will protect your stomach from the acid by giving it a “water coat.” According to Ayurveda, water consumption will stimulate the production of hydrochloric acid in the stomach.

  1. Consume organic apple cider vinegar

Add a tablespoon of raw, organic apple cider vinegar or lemon juice to a small amount of warm water and consume 15 minutes before meals. This will help balance your stomach pH and improve digestion.

  1. Take digestive enzymes and probiotic supplements

These will help in breaking down the nutrients from the food you consume daily.

  1. Add HCL with pepsin to your diet

Adding hydrochloric acid, which is naturally produced in the stomach, with pepsin to your diet will help you to fully digest and break down nutrients from your food, such as protein.

  1. Consume Manuka Honey (or any raw, unprocessed honey)

Raw, unprocessed honey will help boost your gut flora by promoting the growth of beneficial bacteria in your gut and inhibiting the growth of harmful bacteria. In addition, Manuka honey possesses potent antimicrobial properties and is great for issues such as low stomach acid, stomach ulcers, and small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO).

Other Benefits of Beets

  • They Have Potent Anti-Cancer Properties

Beets are high in vital nutrients, including betaine, folate, potassium, manganese, copper, and antioxidants. In addition, studies have shown that beet consumption can be helpful in the treatment of cancer due to the potent anti-cancer properties found in beets.

  • Beets Are Considered One of the Healthiest Foods

Beets offer a wide range of health benefits, which is why they are considered one of the healthiest foods in the world. They help improve blood pressure, boost stamina, decrease the risk for heart disease, improve brain function, support the immune system, and boost metabolism, among many other things.

  • They Help Fight Inflammation

The betaine contained in beets helps fight inflammation, reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease, protects cells and internal organs, improves stamina, and helps inhibit the occurrence of various chronic diseases.

  • Beets Support Detoxification

Beets aid in the detoxification process of your body, helping to remove toxins and other impurities from your blood and liver.

Sources:

Healthy Food USA

Body Ecology

Tera Warner

Dr. Axe

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