I adore beets. They taste sweet, are beautiful to look at, and they boost your ability to exercise! Those of you who know me know how much I looooove to exercise so I have made it my mission to include beets into my diet regularly. Beets are also great for fighting inflammation (goodbye post workout soreness) and are fantastic for helping your body detoxify.
They are also a great way to check your transit time! What’s that, you ask? Your transit time is the amount of time it takes for food to travel through your digestive system. In other words, how long does it take for the food you have eaten to be eliminated from your body?
The beet test gives you an idea of how efficiently your digestive system is working. Basically you just keep track of when you last ate a beet, then you watch for the red pigment in your stools to appear (some people can see it in their urine as well). The time difference is your transit time. Ideally you want your transit time to be between 12-24 hours.
If your transit time is much slower, it may mean that you are not eating enough fibre or not drinking enough water, or that you are simply not active enough. Slow transit times can indicate constipation and issues with stomach acid production.
Now if your transit time is less than 12 hours it could mean that you are not properly breaking down your food or absorbing your nutrients properly. A fast transit time can simply be due to the fact that you are eating too fast (who doesn’t nowadays) or that you are not chewing your food properly.