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EAT BEETS FOR JOINT CARE

Health and wellness

If you train hard, you want to do everything you can to keep your body like a well oiled machine. Your nutrition is key not only to see results quickly but for longevity of your -- entire organic, pavement pounding, weight lifting, cycling, swimming and whatever else -- machine. 

YOUR JOINTS ARE IMPERATIVE

Your joints and muscular skeletal system are precious, take care of them. As we age, joints become stiffer, hips and knees lose cartilage and joints may lose minerals. So don't wait, start when you're young and vibrant and take care of your body. If you're already a master, it's not too late, add foods in your diet that support a healthy life, like beets!

THE AMAZING BEET BASICS

One cup of cooked beets contains about 60 calories. They have a decent amount of potassium, vitamin C, fiber, magnesium and iron. Beets are particularly rich in folic acid, calcium, and iron. They are a member of the chenopod family and boost energy. SUPER FOOD! 


REDUCE INFLAMMATION,  LOWER BLOOD PRESSURE AND LOSE WEIGHT

Research suggests that beets reduce inflammation, lead to weight loss, help fight cancer and reduce blood pressure. Frankly, I'm disappointed I didn't start eating them sooner. That is a tremendous number of benefits packed into one food. 

The many phytonutrients found in beets function as an anti-inflammatory. People suffering from heart disease and arthritis are often times encouraged to include beets in their diet to
help reduce inflammation in their body.  Beets contain a wealth of fiber -- half soluble and half insoluble. Both types play roles in fighting fat.

DETOX THE BODY AND FIGHT CANCER

The betalin pigments present in beets have repeatedly been shown to support activity in our body's detoxification process. Beet juice helps to detoxify as well as protect our cells with much needed (easily absorbed) nutrients and oxygen. Today, athletes worldwide are beginning to understand the importance of nutrient dense liquids by incorporating beet juice into their training routines for better physical performance.
 
And, some breakthrough studies have shown that the same characteristics in beets -- which help athletes perform better -- help cancer patients reverse their condition. The link between oxygen and cancer is well known and beets can increase oxygen, within the blood, by 400 percent while helping to eliminate waste products.

HOW TO EAT YOUR BEETS

Many people don't know that you can eat the fleshy root AND the greens of beets. You can slice and grill, cube and steam, slice or cube and bake or even juice them. 

My favorite way is to cube and steam and serve over sautéed beet greens. I sautéed the greens with bacon and onion. Check out BEET RECIPES ON PINTEREST.

Get after it! Cam


Sources 
WebMD
NATURAL HEALTH 365
Worlds Healthiest Foods
How Stuff Works

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