There seems to be a trend taking over the fitness industry as of late. The focus of the common athlete used to be on the future. The goal seemed to be about getting the newest protein powder or doing a brand new exercise that ‘revolutionized fitness’. It was a constant race to keep up with the ever evolving workouts and diets.
Interestingly enough, the fitness industry seems to be heading in the exact opposite direction lately. Fitness, whether it’s the workouts themselves or the nutrition, is taking a more traditional approach (our article on coconut water is a perfect example of this). By learning about the ancient ways, we’ve been able to find the answers to our questions.
Now, when you think about athletes and explosive energy, the term ‘beetroot juice’ probably doesn’t come to mind. And yet, the fitness industry is obsessed with this ancient juice (apparently the ancient Romans used beetroot as a sort of medicine for everything from fevers to constipation). Is this just another fitness fad that will be meaningless in a few months? Or are we looking at a new permanent aspect of fitness?
The Science Behind Beetroot Juice
First off, let’s look at some of the nutrients in beets. Vitamin A is great for everything from bone growth to immune system health. Beets also have plenty of Vitamin C is critical for collagen production and even Vitamin K, which is necessary for blood clots to form. Not only are beets rich in all of these vitamins, but they are also filled with plenty of other fortifying nutrients like iron, potassium and copper
One of the coolest health benefits of beetroot juice is that it contains a pigment called Betalain, a powerful antioxidant that acts as a detoxification tool. In fact, there’s research being conducted to see whether or not this pigment acts as an anti-cancer tool as well.
How Does It Really Help?
Obviously, the vitamins and other nutrients are interesting. However, the real question here is what the actual health benefits of beetroot juice are. Well, other than the anti-cancer uses that we touched on briefly, there’s a variety of other benefits. One of the more impressive benefits that beetroot juice has would be how it was traditionally used to cure chronic illnesses. Apparently, the oxalic acid in beet juice is great at breaking apart calcium deposits in the body. This acid can help cure diseases like arthritis, heart disease, cancer, kidney stones and even eye problems!
Note: keep in mind that calcium dissolvers usually result in detox symptoms. So, start with small servings of beetroot juice first. In addition to that, it’s highly recommended that you find ways to boost your immune system. A simple way to do that would be to incorporate raw foods into your diet, followed by consuming products that help get the actual toxins safely out of your body (garlic is an easy choice).
Beyond that, beetroot juice is capable of relieving skin problems (cures inflammation like acne), helping cure Anemia, repair liver health and even prevent birth defects! Whether you believe in the fitness industry or not, it’s crystal clear that the health benefits of beetroot juice are not only a welcome addition to our community, but a necessary source of healing that every athlete should incorporate into their lives.
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