Beets and The Digestive System

Beets are high in iron, zinc, copper, and vitamins A and C — all nutrients known to boost immunity. Low iron creates low stomach acid and chronic inflammation that can lead to symptoms of stomach pain, stool changes, gas, and bloating. Oral iron supplements used to treat an iron deficiency can cause GI distress, like nausea and abdominal pain. 

Vitamin A increases antibody production and stimulates your white blood cells, which help ward off infections. Beets also contain iron, which is needed to carry oxygen throughout your body, keep your cells strong, and enhance immune defense.

Not only are beets colorful and full of flavor, they are rich in nutrients and fiber that have a positive effect on the health of your bowels and your whole body. A serving of two raw beets, contains only 71 calories, according to USDA and  have practically no fat and cholesterol. Here’s why beets are so powerful for our digestive health.

Beets are a great source of fiber. Dietary fiber is the part of food that bypasses digestion and adds bulk to your stool, which is needed to prevent diarrhea. Beets contain both soluble and insoluble fiber. Insoluble fiber promotes digestive system health, while soluble fiber helps control glucose and cholesterol levels in the blood. This helps keep your bowel movements regular and prevents digestive conditions such as constipation, irritable bowel syndrome, hemorrhoids and colitis.

Fiber is also related with a lower risk of chronic diseases, including colon cancer. Fiber helps to balance the pH level in our gut, which prevents our gut bacteria from producing carcinogenic matters.

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