In my IDX system of diagnosis, the energetic nature of a food needs to be matched with the energetic nature of someone’s condition. To understand the beet, it is important to look closely at its physical nature.
The physical structure of a beet is that it grows downward. Although it is dense, it has a different nature than other roots such as burdock that is very deep in the ground. This depth aids in building energy deep inside the body.
Beets, not being as deep as other roots, have a different nature. They are purple in color. The cooling or warming nature of a food is indicated by color. Orange, the color of carrots, is warming while purple, the color of beets, has a more cooling quality.
Beets contain a fair amount of simple sugars. This is why white refined sugar can be processed from beets. Beets have a mild cooling effect and a mixed nature as a root with more simple sugars.
Because of its fairly mild nature, most people benefit from eating beets regularly. Those with certain health conditions can be helped from the nutritional qualities of beets.
Beets are high in betanin commonly known as betaine. This substance has been found to aid the regeneration of cells throughout the body and particularly blood and liver cells. It helps those with liver disease especially if cooked with the tops. The leaves of vegetables in traditional oriental medicines are known to help the liver function. Betaine in beets aids regeneration and protection of liver cells. Betaine is similar in structure to choline. The regenerative effects of beets are amplified by eating them with choline rich foods. Choline rich foods include eggs, organic liver, tempeh, wheat germ, the bran of brown rice, and fresh meat. Lecithin granules are an excellent choline supplement.
The benefits of beets are also improved by eating them with a fat. This can be in the form of grass-fed dairy products or organic high-quality olive oil.
Beets are high in a much assimilated form of iron. Other components of beets aid in the regeneration of red blood cells. Beets are excellent for people suffering with anemia. They have been found to be beneficial to people with cancer. It is thought that betaine may be playing a prominent role for benefiting those with cancer.
Lastly, if your nerves are on edge, are irritable, depressed, moody or anxious, try eating beets daily. Eaten with the choline rich foods listed above, beets help in the production of neurotransmitters for the brain. They give the nervous system an immense boost.
A side effect from eating beets is that your urine or stools will have some red coloring. I recommended beets to one of my clients. When her urine turned red, she went to the hospital and was given one thousand dollars’ worth of tests that were covered by insurance. Nothing was found. After the test, the doctor asked her, did you eat beets?