Do the Beet Test + 8 Powerhouse Ways to Heal Your Gut
Do you ever feel depleted of energy? Like you just don't have enough strength to get through the day? All these years you've been suffering from that burn-y, reflux-y, ‘I'm just too full’ kind of feeling? You may have even done a little googling and think you have too much stomach acid – but Rosie is here to shake up that idea and reveal another common reason these symptoms can occur. Read on. This. Is Good.
Despite what you've been told, those years of indigestion, heartburn and reflux symptoms may not be from too much stomach acid at all - here’s the thing - the majority of us who get these symptoms, actually suffer from LOW stomach acid. Yes, really.
Any of these sound like you? If so, there's a high chance you have low stomach acid.(1)
So what the heck is stomach acid, anyway?
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. If they are low or compromised, then your body will have a difficult time absorbing vitamins and minerals, which 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 to digest proteins properly 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!
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.
First things first. Do the beet test:
1. Eat or juice some beetroot.
2. 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.
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.
Here are a few tips to get you on your way.
1. Use a high quality dairy free probiotic supplement and digestive enzyme (available from your local health food store), which will help restore your gut, improve digestion and absorption.
2. Eat raw fresh foods to up your enzyme intake. A raw rocket pesto and some fresh papaya in the morning is a great way to include raw food.
3. 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. Add them in a salad dressing or even to a meat rub to spice things up.
4. Have a tablespoon of lemon juice or apple cider vinegar in warm water 15 minutes prior to eating, to help raise the stomach PH for better digestion.
5. Make sure you are getting enough water in your day - between meals (not with food). Add some citrus or frozen berries if you want to make it interesting.
6. Add fermented vegetables to your diet (like Sauerkraut or Kimchi), which aid the digestion and gives your gut good flora. If you don’t want to DIY, there are great varieties available at your local farmers market, and health food stores.
7. A tablespoon of coconut oil daily helps to kill bad bacteria and Candida in the gut.
8. Have green smoothies and juices every day as these are easily absorbed 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 now, curious one.
Do the beet test and follow the steps! Who knows, perhaps you will feel great relief.
Rosie Chehade-Aiello is a Certified Health & Wellness Coach, passionate writer and speaker dedicated to transformations from the inside out. Rosie is on a heart-led mission to help as many phenomenal women (and courageous men) as she can, to create a life filled with unbridled freedom, limitless living and true, authentic happiness. Her heart beats to the drum of clean organic living and the healing power of food as medicine.
She is the founder of Happiness Lifestyle, an inspiring online space for individuals to nourish themselves. Through her blog, eBook, online programs and unique coaching packages, Rosie works to empower people’s health revolution and transform their lives. you can also find her on facebook, twitter and instagram.