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Staying upbeat with beets!

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Health benefits of beets:

  • Beets are high in many vitamins and minerals: potassium, magnesium, fiber, phosphorus, iron; vitamins A, B & C; beta-carotene, beta-cyanine; folic acid.
  • Beets cleanse the body: by detoxifying the liver and purifying the blood
  • Beets help your mental health: they contain tryptophan, which relaxes the mind and creates a feeling of well-being. They also contain betaine, a substance that is used in some treatments of depression.
  • Beets can lower your blood pressure
  • Beets are used as a stomach acid tester
  • Beets are a high source of energy

 

Beet and Grapefruit Salad:

Ingredients: 

3 medium beets (greens removed)
2 red grapefruits
1 teaspoon honey
1/8 teaspoon fine sea salt
2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint leaves

 

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F
  2. Wrap beets individually in aluminum foil and place on a baking sheet
  3. Roast until beets are tender (50 to 60 minutes)
  4. When cool enough to handle, unwrap beets and rub each with a paper towel to remove skins
  5. Halve and slice beets
  6. Peel grapefruit and remove all skin from each section
  7. Toss grapefruit (and juices) in a bowl
  8. Gently stir in honey and salt
  9. Add beets and toss
  10. Garnish with mint

Enjoy!

Benefits of Eating Vegetables

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Everyone knows they’re supposed to eat at least two cups of vegetables every day to reduce the risk of chronic diseases. However, there are even more health benefits to getting the recommended serving of vegetables. 

Eating vegetables daily can:

  • Reduce the risk for stroke and a range of other cardiovascular diseases
  • Reduce the risk for type 2 diabetes
  • Reduce the risk of mouth, stomach and colon cancer
  • Lower the chance of developing kidney stones
  • Helps decrease bone loss
  • Assists with weight loss due to low calorie intake

What Nutrients are Found in Vegetables?

Most vegetables are potassium rich, which helps with maintaining a healthy blood pressure. 
A majority of vegetables contain a good amount of dietary fiber, which helps you feel full with fewer calories.

Vegetables have a high amount of vitamin A, which keeps eyes and skin healthy. Vitamin E, which protects essential fatty acids from cell oxidation, is found in vegetables. Because vegetables contain vitamin C, they can help speed up cuts and wounds and keep gums healthy. 

Health Benefits of Drinking Warm Lemon Water

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Drinking warm lemon water is one of the easiest and most affordable ways to keep yourself healthy!

Here are 16 reasons to add warm lemon water to your diet:

  1. Lemon is an excellent and rich source of vitamin C, an essential nutrient that protects the body against immune system deficiencies
  2.  Lemons contain pectin fiber which is very beneficial for colon health and also serves as a powerful antibacterial 
  3.  It balances maintain the pH levels in the body 
  4. Having warm lemon juice early in the morning helps flush out toxins 
  5. It aids digestion and encourages the production of bile
  6. It is also a great source citric acid, potassium, calcium, phosphorus and magnesium 
  7. It helps prevent the growth and multiplication of pathogenic bacteria that cause infections and diseases 
  8. It helps reducing pain and inflammation in joints and knees as it dissolves uric acid 
  9. It helps cure the common cold 
  10. The potassium content in lemon helps nourish brain and nerve cells 
  11. It strengthens the liver by providing energy to the liver enzymes when they are too dilute 
  12. It helps balance the calcium and oxygen levels in the liver In case of a heart burn, taking a glass of concentrated lemon juice can give relief
  13. It is of immense benefit to the skin and it prevents the formation of wrinkles and acne 
  14. It helps maintain the health of the eyes and helps fight against eye problems 
  15. Aids in the production of digestive juices 
  16. Lemon juice helps replenish body salts especially after a strenuous workout session

source: http://foodmatters.tv/articles-1/cheers-to-drinking-warm-lemon-water