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For the treatment of many diseases, red beets are very popular in folk medicine. If a medicinal drug is properly prepared and consumed, then it is possible to help the body cope with certain diseases.
The healing qualities of beets are explained by the presence in its composition of a large amount of vitamins, trace elements and other useful substances, most of which are preserved even after heat treatment.
Benefit and harm
What is the usefulness of the decoction for the body? Its beneficial properties are explained by the biochemical composition of beets. A fresh vegetable contains a greater amount of vitamins, but the human body assimilates nutrients more easily and faster after heat treatment.
Thanks to organic acids and other elements, beet broth is useful for constipation, as it improves intestinal motility. With regular use of the drink, the percentage of putrefactive bacteria decreases.
Beets contain a substance called betaine, which is able to regulate fat metabolism in the body., prevents the penetration of harmful substances into the liver and an increase in blood pressure. Betaine retains its properties even after heat treatment, therefore, the broth will benefit people who are obese and have liver diseases (we talked in detail about the use of beets in the treatment of liver diseases in this article).
Magnesium contained in beet broth helps cleanse blood vessels, therefore, fights atherosclerosis and hypertension (you can find out more about how to cleanse the body with the help of beets, as well as see recipes for improving blood vessels, intestines, liver, here). A large amount of iodine makes the vegetable useful for thyroid disorders.
The folic acid content of beets makes the broth useful for pregnant women. and for those women who are just planning a pregnancy. Folic acid contributes to the proper formation of the nervous system of the unborn baby.
Restrictions on the use of beet decoction are also due to its chemical composition. Beet broth should be used with caution for people suffering from:
- osteoporosis - This is due to the fact that beets slow down the absorption of calcium;
- diabetes mellitus - beets contain a large amount of sucrose;
- urolithiasis (primarily oxaluria) - oxalic acid is present in beets;
- hypotension - a decoction of beets is able to lower blood pressure;
- chronic diarrhea - beets and a decoction from it have pronounced laxative properties.
Attention! The beet broth contains substances that contribute to the crystallization of the liquid and can provoke the movement of stones in case of gallstone and urolithiasis, causing harm to a person.
Indications and contraindications
Beetroot broth has the following beneficial properties:
- eliminates edema due to the diuretic effect;
- fights constipation, including chronic constipation, exerting a laxative effect on the intestines;
- promotes maximum protein absorption, reducing the risk of atherosclerosis;
- lowers blood pressure;
- relieves nervous tension, fights insomnia;
- relieves the body of toxins;
- it is used in the treatment of tonsillitis (we talked about how to treat angina with beets in a separate article).
Despite the great benefits for the body, beet broth has some contraindications. It is not recommended to take beet broth:
- with diarrhea;
- with osteoporosis;
- with oxaluria and urolithiasis.
Beetroot decoction should be taken with caution for people with diabetes mellitus. due to the high sucrose content.
Step-by-step instructions on how to apply
How to cook, recipe
To prepare a medicinal drink based on beets, you will need a medium-sized root crop that does not have any damage, and a 4 liter saucepan. Beet broth is prepared in this way:
- Do not peel the beets, wash thoroughly and put them in a cooked saucepan.
- Pour 3 liters of cold water over the vegetable and put the container on fire.
- After boiling, cook over low heat until 2/3 of the volume of all liquid has boiled away.
- Remove the vegetable from the water, cool, peel and grate on a medium grater.
- Put the grated beets back into the broth, mix and cook for another twenty minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Strain the finished root vegetable broth through cheesecloth or a fine strainer.
Important! Given the ability of the root crop to accumulate nitrates, when using a vegetable for medicinal purposes, it is advisable to prepare a decoction from beets grown in a personal plot.
How to use?
Next, we will consider what to do with the potion formed after boiling the root crop, how and for what purposes you can use the beet broth.
For rinsing hair
Beetroot decoction can be used to strengthen hair and give it a lively shine.... To do this, the root vegetable broth prepared in advance must be chilled and rinsed with the hair after shampooing.
Hair after such a procedure becomes lush and shiny.
From cracked heels
In order to get rid of such a problem as cracked heels, it is necessary to do foot baths from the beet broth every day. At the same time, the product should be slightly hot..
Pour the cooked broth into a container, lower your feet into it for thirty minutes. After that, wipe your feet dry, lubricate them with cream and put on socks.
Healing beet broth can also be used in home cosmetology. Drinking the drink regularly will help eliminate acne and pimples on the skin., will improve the complexion.
You can also make an anti-inflammatory mask for problem skin. For this you will need:
- decoction of beets;
- corn flour;
- grated raw potatoes.
Mix all the ingredients in a ratio of 1/1/1. Apply the finished mask to the face and leave for fifteen minutes. Then it should be washed off with warm water.
For cleansing the liver
Beetroot broth is an effective way to cleanse the liver of toxins, and also promotes the entry of necessary trace elements into the body. But it is not recommended to perform a liver cleansing procedure if you feel unwell. You should also know that the broth has a diuretic effect, so it is better to cleanse the organ on a weekend.
To cleanse the liver, it is necessary to drink 200 ml of beet broth every four hours during the day. It is allowed to reduce the interval between doses to three and a half hours. Each time after drinking a dose of the drink, you must take a horizontal position and apply a warm heating pad to the liver area.
You can add honey to the broth... On this day, it is necessary to exclude from the menu salty, fatty foods, spices, leaving plant products, and drink a large amount of non-carbonated purified water.
The entire volume of the prepared broth should not be drunk at one time, as this will not accelerate the cleansing of the liver from toxins, but will only provoke a deterioration in health.
We suggest watching a video about the use of beets in liver cleansing:
Due to the fact that a decoction from a root vegetable helps the body to absorb protein as much as possible, as well as a high content of magnesium and iodine in its composition, regular consumption of the drink helps to reduce the risk of developing atherosclerosis.
For the prevention of atherosclerosis, you should drink 200 g of beet broth once a day before meals.
To combat obesity
Due to the content of betaine, a substance that can positively affect fat metabolism in the body, as well as its ability to lower blood cholesterol levels, a root vegetable drink is useful in the fight against obesity (you can find out how the use of beets affects human blood here ). To do this, the resulting beet broth must be divided into five parts and drunk before each meal.
Beetroot drink for weight lossmust be consumed in combination with other low-calorie foods. For obese people, it is useful to arrange unloading days during which they consume only beetroot broth.
100 g of beet broth contains only 49 calories.
Due to the content of a large amount of valuable substances, this useful and inexpensive vegetable is popular not only among culinary specialists, but also among traditional healers and cosmetologists. Sometimes, in order to help your body, you need to pay attention not to medicines, but to products familiar from childhood.