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How Beets Improve Bowel Movements

Rajib Singha Jan 5, 2019
The association of beets and bowel movements have been a topic of medical reference since ancient times. Here's a brief description and more insight into this subject that talks about the nutritional benefits of beets and how they affect our digestive system.
If you have ever experienced a situation which involved eating beets and bowel movements showing red or pink stools, accompanied by red or pink color urine, then you must have had a condition known as 'Beeturia'.
Although it may sound intimidating, it is nothing to be alarmed about. The condition is completely harmless and innocuous. The color is caused by the beets' variety of betalain pigments.

How Do Beets Improve Bowel Movements

So why is beet associated with healthy bowel movements? Beets are a power house of fiber, especially the raw ones. So, when we talk about fiber, we talk about healthy digestion.
That is the reason why people who like munching on beets, every now and then, are not bothered by ailments such as constipation, diarrhea, and other annoying stomach disorders. There is a feeling of heaviness in the stomach and we rarely feel hungry when we suffer from constipation.
Beets and its juice cleanses and detoxifies the liver.  This helps in taking care of ailments such as constipation and diarrhea. People who suffer from chronic diarrhea tend to lose a lot of potassium and that could be a concerning issue in the future.
So, eating beets not only helps in curing diarrhea, it also replenishes the lost amount of potassium from the body. To add to this, it also aids in reducing high blood pressure, a common worry among many people.
Protection against heart diseases, reducing inflammation, reducing risks of congenital defects, fighting cancer cells, and providing an overall optimal health, also count for beets health benefits.

Beet Nutritional Facts

The presented values are according to a serving size of ½ cup slices of beet (85.0 g). Percentage values are according to a 2000 calorie diet.
Nutrients and their Amount in Beet:
  • Total fat - 0.2 g (0%)
  • Cholesterol - 0 mg (0%)
  • Sodium - 65 mg (3%)
  • Total carbohydrate - 8.5 g (3%)
  • Dietary fiber - 1.7 g (7%)
  • Sugars - 6.8 g
  • Protein - 1.4 g
  • Vitamin A - 1%
  • Vitamin C - 8%
  • Vitamin B9 (Folate) - 68 mcg
  • Calcium - 1%
  • Iron - 4%
  • Magnesium - 19.55 mg
  • Phosphorous - 32.3 mg
  • Copper - 0.065 mg (1%)
  • Manganese - 0.27 mg (1%)
  • Potassium - 259.25 mg
Beets are as nutritional as spinach and even light steaming is enough to destroy all its nutritional content. What you will get from a cooked beet is only the flesh and some left over nutrients, which is definitely not enough. So, whenever you bring beets home, get them sliced, mix them with other greens, and toss the salad to your health!
Disclaimer: This is for informative purposes only and does not in any way attempt to replace the advice offered by an expert on the subject.