Pump Up The Beet!


The beet or the beetroot is often underappreciated. Most people either
love it or dislike it. But here’s a delicious piece of information that will redefine your perception of the beetroot. Beets contain tryptophan, a substance that brings on natural calming effects. Coincidentally, chocolate also contains tryptophan that’s why we feel content when we consume chocolate. Convinced yet? Well how many of us include this bright red beet in our diet? Thinking to bring something different than your regular water or energy drinks to your run? Try a cold refreshing beet juice instead. We’re going to give a list of reasons why runners should run with the beet!

Fun Facts!

Don’t be alarmed if your urine color turns red or pink after consuming beets. This is caused by the compound betanin. This is the same chemical components that are responsible for the red color of beetroot. This condition is called beeturia.

Since the sixteenth century, beet juice has been used as a natural dye and even to dye hair.

Beetroot is also being used to improve the color of ice creams too.

Beets to Beat Fatigue

Wanting to beat runner’s fatigue and improve performance? You won’t be the first consuming this blood red elixir as even Olympic athletes are guzzling down beet juice. The secret is that beets are rich in natural chemicals called nitrates. This salt improves efficiency of our cell’s power house that produces energy called ATP (adenosine triphosphate). Furthermore, beetroot juice reduces the amount of oxygen required by our body to sustain a medium workout. Reducing the consumption of oxygen for any activity will help to endure a more grueling exercise. Nitrates in beets are natural. They are safe to consume.

Beeting Inflammation

Don’t let inflammation hold you back. You finish your daily run and you’re feeling great. Then you get hit by infamous muscle soreness. These are all symptoms of post-workout tissue inflammation. How does it occur? Every time you head for your daily run, damage occurs in your muscle and connective tissue. Your body then responds by informing the immune system to fill the overworked areas with inflammatory cells. These cells have a mission, to fix the damage areas and make them stronger than ever. However, we would feel stiff and sore. Feeling sore daily is not something we all look forward too.
Yes, you can fight inflammation naturally with the right food and in our case, beets. Beetroot contains a compound called betaine that fights inflammation.

A lover of liver

Did you know that your liver is the hardest working organ in the body after your heart? Runners require a full functioning liver to process toxins. A diet rich in alcohol or fatty foods or even a stressful environment can reduce its functionality. Curious on how to start a liver detoxification? No hassle of cooking up the beetroots, just juice it! Look on the plus side; you get a healthy detoxed liver and a glass of refreshing juice.

Beet Greens

Don’t throw away those green leaves on the top of your beetroots. Based on a 2,000-calorie diet, daily values of beet greens contain: 220% of vitamin A, 60% of vitamin C, 16% of calcium, and 15% of iron. Beets and their leafy greens provide great dishes for the table and nutritional benefits. The leafy greens are the finest sources of beta carotene and vitamin K. Beta carotene can be converted to Vitamin A in the body. Vitamin K promotes bone formation and strengthening activity. The greens can be cooked in the same way as spinach.

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