Beets are known for their support in detoxification, cleansing your liver and purifying your blood. They also help fight inflammation and protect your internal organs. They are the easiest way to test your bowel transit time (the length of time it takes for food to travel through the digestive tract). Once food is chewed and swallowed, it moves to the stomach, where it’s mixed with stomach acid and digestive enzymes. It then travels through the small intestine, where nutrients are absorbed.Then on to the large intestine and what hasn’t been fully digested and absorbed in the small intestine, combines with bacteria and other waste products and gets eliminated through the colon.
Your bowel transit time is dependant on a few different factors:
- the type of food you eat
- the amount of fibre in your diet
- certain medications and neurological conditions can also affect it.
Those people who eat a lot of fruits, vegetables and whole grains tend to have shorter transit times than those who eat mostly sugars and starches. The ideal transit time is anywhere from 12 to 24 hours. Transit time longer than 2 days can increase the risk of candida, which weakens the immune system and puts you at a higher risk for illness, such as colon cancer. The longer the meal remains in the colon, the longer toxins have time to do damage!
This Roasted Beet & Tomato Salad is light, delicious and great for your Summer BBQ. It pairs perfectly with chicken and steak!