We’ve all been hearing about the benefits of incorporating beets into our diets. They contain potassium, iron, phosphorous, calcium, trace minerals, and phytonutrients, as well as antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and detoxifying compounds, such as betaine, that might protect against cancer and toxins.
In addition, the betaine and folate found in beets act together to lower homocysteine levels and reduce arterial inflammation.
And why are beets helpful pre-workout? Consuming beets helps convert nitrates into nitric oxide, which “may reduce the oxygen cost of low-intensity exercise as well as enhance tolerance to high-intensity exercise” (Mercola).
This juice also gets its sweet, ever-so-slightly spicy, and tart character from pinepapples, apples, ginger, and lemon. The proteolytic enzyme, bromelain, found in pineapples, is restorative to the immune system; apples contain antioxidants and disease-fighting vitamins; ginger boasts anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, antiviral, and anti-parasitic properties; and lemon juice provides hefty amounts of vitamin C and a myriad minerals.
In one of his recent You Tube videos, Dr. Josh Axe https://draxe.com suggested atheletes drink beet-pineapple juice before working out, as it enhances circulation and performance. I totally agree. I find this juice not only refreshing and nourishing in the morning, but I do believe it improves my stamina during my morning run. It’s also just plain delicious.
Give it a try and let me know what you think.
In a juicer, such as Breville, juice 4 medium organic red apples (such as Gala), 2 medium organic beets, 1 cup diced organic pineapple, one 2-inch piece fresh ginger, and 1 organic lemon (peel removed). Strain into a glass jar or bottle and cover.
Refrigerate for up to 24 hours.
Makes about 3 cups