Beet It! Why Eating (And Drinking) Beets Is The Best Way To Recover After A Labor Day Feast

Posted on August 30, 2017

We know what you did last summer.

Heck, we even know what you will do this upcoming Labor Day. It’s a no-brainer, really—you’ll be enjoying the end of the barbeque season, indulging in excessive greasy meat consumption and, of course, drinking rose (or whatever your poison is.)

And you know what? That’s OK. Hey, after months of juice fasting, clean eating, and calorie counting, we are all entitled to our cheat weekend break. Now that it’s established, let’s talk business. During this weekend of mindless indulging, your digestive system and other body organs will have to work overtime. So, what’s the fastest way to recover your health and get back on track with those healthy-(ish) eating habits?

One word—beets. This veggie is your ultimate weapon in a post-feast body recovery process, and here’s why.

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For starters, beets are high in immune-boosting vitamin C, fiber, and essential minerals like potassium.

Beets are also natural power booster and have the effect of increasing muscle power. So, if you are working on those biceps or want to lift heavier, load on a beet juice.

Most importantly, beets are packed with iron, calcium, vitamins, and antioxidants—and are also a unique source of betalain, a nutrient that supports your body’s detoxification process. Basically, this awesome veggie is the champ when it comes to cleansing your liver as fast and efficiently as humanly possible.

Now, one easy way to benefit from the detoxifying beet qualities would be drinking the beet juice.

But what if you are not ready to commit to such drastic measure as an all-liquid cleanse? Here’s another option for you then—eat a beet soup. And when we say “soup,” we don’t mean one of those nutrient-less and tasteless detox concoctions, made of boiled onions and whatnot. Beet soups can be quite yummy.

For example, this liver-cleansing beet soup, created by the nutritionist Cherie Calbom, is an ultimate taste-bud pleaser. Along with beets, it features avocado, parsley and lime juice—for the recipe, visit Cherie’s website—and is downright delicious.

Enjoy the Labor Day, folks—and don't forget to take care of your body after indulging on that barbecue!