A Vegan Athlete’s All-Natural Recovery Potion

img_2359Sweet and Tart Beet Juice

As an avid basketball player, runner, yoga practitioner, and weight lifter, I look for different ways to reduce the amount of time spent recovering and increase the amount of time spent on the court, on the pavement, on my mat, or in the gym. Drinking beet juice does all this for me, as well as can help my mom lower her blood pressure, too.

Generally, beets are known to help the heart, intestines, muscles, blood, colon, and liver; as well as improve the immune system, the cardiovascular system, the digestive system, and the nervous system. The benefits of beets are bountiful, but the stuff isn’t always tasty. The rooty flavor can be overpowering, but I have a juicing recipe that makes a strong helping of sweet-and-tart-tasting beet juice you’ll love. Before getting into the recipe, I want to highlight a few more benefit beets can offer.

So Many Benefits

Its deep red color comes from betacyanin, an antioxidant that helps to fight cancer. Beets contain betaine, or trimethylglycine (TMG), which helps to eliminate toxins in the body and encourage weight loss.

Looking at its nutritional chart, one would think beets contain a little bit of every vitamin and mineral—and it almost does! It contains adequate amounts of vitamin C, which helps to improve the immune system, and folate, a B vitamin that encourages tissue growth, which is something athletes can definitely utilize during recovery. Many athletes, pregnant women, seniors, and pretty much everyone can benefit from improving the body’s natural ability to heal itself.

In addition to all these benefits, beets have also been linked to lowering the risk for breast and colon cancer. I don’t know about ya’ll, but I definitely want to keep my body strong and healthy.

The Super Detoxifying Beet Juice Recipe

While this recipe only makes roughly 1000ml of juice, I like to mix this juice with coconut water to taste to cut the intensity of the flavor and double the amount of juice to feed, usually enough to feed five at least 10 ounces. Not only does adding coconut water increase the volume of the juice, it also adds an abundant amount of benefits that coconut water can offer to this already-nutrient-packed super drank.

img_2357This beet juice recipe contains:

  • 1 Beet (with leaves)
  • 2 crisp red apples
  • 2 lemons
  • 1 stalk of celery
  • 1 generous thumb of ginger

I’ve only tried making this juice in my omega juicer, so I’m not sure how it would turn out if blended and tossed into a nut milk bag; however, the contents are somewhat fibrous, so I can see that method working fairly well—if you try it, let me know how that worked out in the comments below!

After drinking this juice, I noticed my body feeling cleaner. Not to gross people out, but a day after I drink a tall glass of beet juice, my bowels run well and my body eliminates all the extra weight hanging around in my intestines. My business comes out red, which scared me at first, but I know that’s just from the betacyanin, the betalain antioxidants.

This beet juice recipe is bound to help you detoxify and improve your body’s natural ability to heal. I highly recommend this drink to anyone looking to add the benefits of beets to their diet, but don’t want to learn to cook it. I hear beets are better juiced anyways.

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