Beat Menopausal Weight Gain with Beet Juice

As a woman going through perimenopause or menopause, you may find yourself gaining weight unexpectedly, especially around your midsection. This frustrating weight gain is often caused by hormonal imbalances during the menopausal transition. Your metabolism slows down, while cravings, fatigue and stress can drive increased eating and inactivity.

The good news is making one simple dietary change can help - drinking beet juice. Adding beets into your diet may offer an easy, nutritious way to boost your metabolism, energy levels, and willpower - helping manage menopausal weight gain.

Studies show beets contain key compounds that support a healthy metabolism:

- Dietary nitrates - Beets are particularly high in nitrates, which the body converts into nitric oxide. This molecule helps your blood vessels dilate and your mitochondria convert nutrients to energy more efficiently. Research confirms nitrate-rich foods like beets can boost metabolism by up to 16%!

- Fiber - Beets supply 4 grams of filling fiber in one cooked cup. Fiber helps slow digestion and control hunger hormones like ghrelin to support weight management.

- Flavonoids - These plant compounds in beets reduce inflammation, which can interfere with metabolism. Beets’ anti-inflammatory effects help optimize metabolic function.

Additionally, beets increase oxygen uptake and exercise performance - enabling you to be more active to get your metabolism humming. In one study, athletes who drank beetroot juice for a week were able to exercise 15% longer than those drinking a placebo. Being more active really pays off when trying to shed menopausal weight gain.

Beets also support weight loss by crowding out less nutritious foods and decreasing cravings. Their natural sweetness satisfies without spiking blood sugar. Beets even contain betaine to help reduce cortisol - lowering stress-driven eating.

During menopause, we recommend having at least 8 to 12 ounces of beet juice daily. If blended into a smoothie with spinach or kale, the fiber helps control absorption of fructose from the beets. Go organic if possible and choose low-sodium varieties. 

Implementing this simple change of adding in beet juice can help provide the metabolic boost you need to achieve and maintain a healthy weight through the menopausal transition. Along with an overall balanced diet and regular activity, beets are your ally for beating menopausal weight gain and feeling your best!

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