Hello! How is your week going? The cherries have been on sale here at our local Kroger store, and it’s been a feast that we’ll long remember! Plus a trip to the farmer’s market for lots of fresh veggies. Summertime is surely divine when it comes to eating lots of nutritious, delicious foods fresh from nature, and I hope you’re getting your fair share!
But how long does it take food to digest? Or better yet, SHOULD it take? Is there an easy way to find out how you’re personally succeeding?
YES! Here’s a great, easy (maybe even fun??!!) trick to test your own body’s transit time. Who knows? This might be the most important info of your week. A beet, a lemon and some water … you never know how these might help you.
Enjoy and make the most of this important info!
Congrats To Madeleine, Delores, Mary Ellen and Kitty
One of our lovely tea friends called this morning to say that her colonoscopy came out beautiful and clean. No problems. She’s still experiencing some pain, however, and her doctor referred her to her urologist. “I don’t need the tea because my colon is so clean,” she said. I reminded her that even so, we need the tea to CONTINUE to keep the colon clean. We all acquire microscopic toxins on a daily basis from the food we eat, to the air, to the additives in cosmetics and cleaning products.
Dr. Miller says that MONEY is one of the most toxic things around. (I’m sure we’ve saved ourselves from a lot of those problems by how we all use our own personal credit cards and shop online instead of using real money.) Whether it’s housekeeping, dishes, laundry or car care, we all know that just because [wc_highlight color=”yellow”]we’ve got something clean and are happy about it, it doesn’t mean it will stay that way without some maintenance[/wc_highlight]. Even a cup of tea a few times a week can make a big difference!
Feature Article: Move On Down — Move on Down!
Start with humming the great tune and beat of that old song, “Move on down, move on down, move on down the ro-oad …” and then check out how things are moving through the journey of your digestive tract, with an actual beet!
Though there are several things that vividly color the stool, i.e., jello, licorice, charcoal in medications and iron supplements, beets may be the fastest, easiest, most enjoyable indicator of how long it takes food to move through your system.
Move On Down … Transit Time and Digestion … Beets are Best!
All you need is about 1/2 of a good sized beet. Raw is best (just grate it and think of it like shredded cabbage) but you can roast, steam or bake, whatever. Just so that it’s not pickled, processed, or super soft.
For fun, I’ve included a raw beet salad recipe below if you want to be fancy while doing the test. Now just keep an eye on the potty, and you’ll have an excellent indication of how your food is being processed and if you’re really constipated.
You can also use charcoal strips that are sold at health food stores and Amazon, but in my mind you can’t beat a beet!
Holistic nutritionist Joy McCarthy says that “even though a lot of people are ‘regular,’ they’re not eliminating effectively. The beet test allows you to get a sense of whether you fall into [wc_highlight color=”yellow”]that ideal 12-24 hour range[/wc_highlight], since you’ll be able to see the bright red pigment in your stools.”
“Fiery red poop [wc_highlight color=”yellow”]24 hours or more later means you’ve got a “slow transit time,”[/wc_highlight] also known as constipation—a common result of the beet test.”
“That food is sitting in your gut for that many days,” said McCarthy, who suggested increasing the fiber in your diet as one solution. Eating chia or flax seeds, more vegetables, pears or berries can combat constipation, but don’t overdo it if you’re not used to it.
[wc_highlight color=”yellow”]And we all know … this is where the tea shines best! We need to tell this lady about the tea![/wc_highlight] She continues:
“If you’re not someone who eats fiber, then you want to increase these fibrous-rich foods slowly because it can also have the opposite effect,” she said.
[wc_highlight color=”yellow”]Drinking water is another key method to improve your digestion.[/wc_highlight]
[wc_highlight color=”yellow”]“A lot of people have the slow transit time because they’re just not consuming enough water. Their intestines just get very dehydrated and food just doesn’t move through effectively.”[/wc_highlight]
Less common is if you’re seeing those beets in less than 12 hours. McCarthy said that means you’re not really absorbing all the nutrients from your food. You might be eating too fast and not fully chewing your meals, which will leave you with food particles in your stools.
Or you could have too many stimulants in your daily life, like coffee.
[wc_highlight color=”yellow”]“You have less absorption of nutrients when you consume stimulants because they basically force food through the gut much faster,”[/wc_highlight] she said.
So take your raw or roasted beets—peeled or unpeeled—and eat them as you wish: in bites or grated as a salad topping (for more on the beet method and a beet recipe, check out McCarthy’s book here it looks amazing!).
McCarthy warns against using pickled beets from a jar since boiled, over-processed beets don’t have the rich red pigment that will stand out in your lavatory.
Another helpful at-home strategy to promote digestive health is lemon and water first thing in the morning on an empty stomach. It won’t do anything weird to your body waste, but McCarthy said it’ll give you a better quality bowel movement. (A BQBM, if you will).
“Lemon helps stimulate the liver’s detoxifying enzymes. And it really helps to stimulate you to have a good bowel movement, because the lemon actually stimulates your gallbladder to produce bile, and bile—along with fibre—is a carrier of toxins.”
McCarthy said she recommends this for clients who have heartburn.
“You think that heartburn is excess acid, but 90 per cent of people who have heartburn actually don’t produce enough acid,” she said. “They’re digesting by fermentation, which as a byproduct causes gaseous substances to push up through the esophagus and cause pain. So lemon and water is really helpful for preventing that.”
Use a quarter to a half of a freshly squeezed lemon in a cup of room temperature water, and drink it on an empty stomach first thing in the morning—for maximal absorption.
And after drinking all the lemon water and eating the beets, you’ll be well on your way to a healthy digestive experience, and loaded up with a helpful tip to share at your next cocktail potty, er, party.
To read this article by Erika Tucker online, CLICK HERE
Well, all this talking about food tells me it’s time for a recipe! I’ve included one for a grated, raw beet with some varied serving ideas below, and it sounds yummy! It would sure be fun to make a triple batch, and have all the variations and toppings ready to go … a BEET party! Cool and refreshing, and you’d be the first to be invited if you were just a bit closer! If you’re interested in the recipe, just scroll down.
Well, have a great week! Please know how much we care.
RAW BEET SALAD RECIPE WITH SERVING SUGGESTIONS
Yield: 4 servings Time: 20 minutes
- 1 to 11/2 pounds beets, preferably small
- 2 large shallots
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard, or to taste
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- 2 tablespoons sherry or other good strong vinegar
- 1 sprig fresh tarragon, minced, if available
- 1/4 cup chopped parsley leaves
Peel the beets and shallots. Combine them in a food processor and pulse carefully until the beets are shredded; do not purée. (Or grate the beets by hand and mince the shallots, then combine.) Scrape into a bowl.
Toss with the salt, pepper, mustard, oil and vinegar. Taste and adjust the seasoning. Toss in the herbs and serve.
Raw Beet Salad with Cabbage and Orange. Quite nice-looking: Use equal parts beet and cabbage, about 8 ounces of each. Shred the beets (with the shallot) as directed; shred the cabbage by hand or by using the slicing disk of the food processor. Add 1 navel orange (including its juice), peeled and roughly chopped.
Raw Beet Salad with Carrot and Ginger. Ginger and beets are killer together: Use equal parts beet and carrot, about 8 ounces of each. Treat the carrots as you do the beets (you can process them together), adding about a tablespoon of minced peeled ginger to the mix; omit the tarragon. Substitute peanut for olive oil, lime juice for sherry vinegar, and cilantro for parsley.
Raw Beet Salad with Yogurt Dressing. Creamy: Replace the olive oil and one of the tablespoons of vinegar with 2 tablespoons plain yogurt, preferably whole-milk or low-fat.