Friday, November 1, 2013

PHARMACY FRIDAY - - Test Your Digestions Speed with Beets!

 Although most of us seldom think about it, one very important aspect of our heath is our digestion speed. Too fast, and our food passes through us before our bodies ever have a chance to absorb its nutrients. Too slow, and a host of health hazards can be created. So, how do you know if your body's digestion is running at the correct speed?

EAT BEETS! Yes, one of the simplest ways to test your digestion speed at home is to eat a large serving of beets. As the beets pass through your body, they will turn your stools beet red. Beets are one of the easiest foods to know when they have completely processed through your body. This works so well because the purple pigments in beets do not absorb into your body, but instead, pass on through.
**If you have a sensitive gastrointestinal system, irritable bowel syndrome, or are allergic to beets, this test might not be for you.**

Your food should process through your system in approximately 18 to 24 hours. (generally, 18 hours for men, and 24 hours for women)  If the beets 'process' through your system in significantly less or more time, then you know your body's digestive system may need some help. Again, if your food is processing through your body too quickly, your body is probably not receiving all of its needed nutrients. If your food is processing too slowly, numerous health issues can arise, from the very mild, to the seriously severe, even possibly life threatening. So go on, try it! Next time you are at the grocers, pick up a can of beets and take the test. It can be done easily at home, is well under a dollar, and is painless and non-invasive. (well, unless you hate the taste of beets). Any form you like to eat them should work, even pickled. It's a tasty test!

Here are two more great articles on the subject:

Test Your Digestion

from LiveStrong

This post is not intended to treat, diagnose, cure, or prevent any disease, illness or condition. This article is for informative purposes, only, and is not a substitute for licensed medical care.

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