Want To Test Your Digestive Health? Do the Beet Test
Do you ever feel like your energy is literally depleting you? Leaving you feel like you just don’t have enough strength to get through the day? All these years you’ve been suffering from constipation, bloating, belly stabs, indigestion, heart burn and/or acid reflux – feeling that burning sensation in your belly – thinking that you may have too much stomach acid. Stomach acid has long been blamed for these symptoms, but here’s the thing: the majority of us who get these symptoms, actually suffer from LOW stomach acid. Yes, really.
And it doesn’t stop there. Other symptoms include:
- Iron deficiency
- Sore or burning tongue
- Autoimmune disorders
- Celiac disease or IBS
- Dry mouth
- Gas, flatulence after meals
- Constipation, diarrhoea
- Gain weight easily
- Nausea after eating
- Suffer from reflux, indigestion
- Have skin issues
- Prone to asthma and food allergies
- Feeling drained/lethargic
Any of these sound like you? If so, there’s a high chance you have low stomach acid.
So what the heck is stomach acid anyway?
Our stomach is the only place in the body that makes acid. It is literally an ACID environment. In fact, if one little drop were to escape from your stomach it would burn clear through any organ that got in its way! But boy do we need it, especially when it comes to digesting protein and fat.
Think of the gut like it’s your body’s battery, the driving energy that gives you that zing and mojo. Stomach acid is responsible for producing that energy. It is a super important first step in the whole digestive process.
Our stomach acid + gut flora play an important role in breaking down the pigments in food. So if they are low or compromised then your body will have a difficult time absorbing vitamins and minerals. Without enough stomach acid you can’t absorb vitamin B12 (the energy vitamin everyone needs), zinc and several other important nutrients.
Being able to digest and absorb the vitamins and minerals in your food is crucial to your health. If we can’t absorb vitamin B12, we get tired. A lack of zinc will affect our immune system and thousands of the body’s processes. The inability/partial digestion of proteins can wreak havoc on the system, as they get absorbed in large portions into the bloodstream. It’s no wonder a myriad of health issues rise to the surface! Stomach acid breaks down food, which becomes the fuel we all need.
Beetroot is a great way to test your stomach acid, as your body may not be able to metabolize and assimilate beetroot pigments properly. If this is the case, chances are the same thing is happening for a lot of other foods you are eating.
Stomach Acid Beet Test:
- Eat or juice some beetroot.
- If your urine turns red, it is very possible you have low stomach acid. If it stays clear, it’s probably safe to say that you have good digestive health.
- If your stomach acid is weak, your body will have difficulty absorbing other vitamins and minerals.
Once you do the beet test, if you have low stomach acid, it’s time to start strengthening your digestive health with the right kind of foods.
Top 8 Ways to strengthen your stomach acid:
- Use a high quality dairy free probiotic supplement and digestive enzyme (a health care professional at your local health food store will be able to assist you with a high quality supplement), which will help restore your gut, improve digestion and absorption.
- Eat raw foods to up your enzyme intake.
- Add warming spices to your diet such as: cinnamon, ginger, cumin, coriander, cayenne pepper & fennel seed to kick start the digestive fire needed in your gut.
- Try have a tablespoon of lemon juice or apple cider vinegar in warm water 15 minutes prior to you eating, to help raise the stomach PH for better digestion.
- Make sure you are getting enough water in your day – between meals (not with food).
- Add fermented vegetables to your diet (like Sauerkraut or Kimchi), which aid the digestion and gives your gut good flora.
- A tablespoon of coconut oil daily helps to kill bad bacteria and Candida in the gut. It is NOT fattening – it’s actually the opposite and is a GOOD SOURCE of fat, and will have the complete opposite effect than what you are otherwise led to believe, I promise.
- Have green smoothies and juices every day as these will absorb easily and nourish your body with what it needs.
- If you’ve already adjusted your diet, ditched refined sugar and processed carbs, then you’ve probably seen a big difference already.
Well, I’ve been doing all of this and more and I’m convinced that good stomach acid holds the key to a healthy digestive future.
It’s your turn, curious one. Do the beet test and share your results with me in the comments below. Who knows, perhaps you are in the same boat and will feel great relief.