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All the Things You Need To Know About Beet: From Health Benefits, Growing To Cooking

All the Things You Need To Know About Beet: From Health Benefits, Growing To Cooking

Beet, amazing vegetable of the bright red color, is coming to the scene as the new super food due to its amazing health benefits. You can eat it fresh, pickled, or in a soup and it is even used to make sugar. Because it contains high levels of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agents, it is widely known for its numerous benefits, one of the most important being their ability to prevent cancer.

    Beet has been proved to provide us a lot of amazing health benefits!

    It is now growing in popularity, but its origins can be traced back to 4,000 years ago. In prehistoric times, beet grew wild in North Africa, and coastal regions of Asia and Europe, and people used to consume its greens, and not the root. It is believed that the ancient Romans were the first to cultivate it and used the root as the part of their diet. Later, during the 19th century, it was realized that sugar can be made from beets.

    Today beet is being commercially grown worldwide in countries such as USA, Russia, France and Poland. In addition to being used to make sugar, beet is increasingly being consumed in the whole form due to many health benefits confirmed by the scientific research.

    What nutrients can we find in beet?

    Beet is a great source of various nutrients, such as fibers, vitamins and minerals and it is also low in calories. 100 grams of raw beets contain [1]:

    • 2.8 grams of fiber
    • 1.6 grams of protein
    • 27% DV of folates
    • 14% DV of manganese
    • 10% DV of iron
    • 7% DV of potassium

    Moreover, beet contains B-complex vitamins, vitamin C, flavonoid anti-oxidants, and vitamin A.

    What are the health benefits of Beet?

    This great vegetable can be beneficial for many aspects of your health, such as blood pressure, and keeping your heart and liver healthy.

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    Beet helps you regulate your blood pressure

    A study published in Hypertension [2] has indicated that consuming beetroot juice leads to significantly lower blood pressure. Beet can help lower your high blood pressure, due to the fact that it contains a high amount of nitrates which lead to relaxation of blood vessels, and consequently improve circulation.

    Beet boosts your stamina

    Besides lowering blood pressure, nitrates found in beetroot enable better athletic performance and better endurance as they improve muscle oxygenation while you perform physically intense activities. According to a study conducted on cyclists [3], it was proven that they could pedal 15% longer when they drank beet juice.

    Beet improves liver function

    Beet contains betaine, which is an amino acid, that has been proven [4] to help promote liver health as it reduces the fat in liver, increases the level of detoxifying enzymes and reduces liver size in people with diabetes.

    Beet can help prevent cancer

    The red color of beet comes from the pigment betacyaninis, but it is responsible for so much more. Studies indicate [5] that this pigment can suppress cancer cells growth and thus is successful in fighting various types of cancer.

    Beet is good for your brain

    As we get older, the neuron activity in our brains diminishes as the blood flow to brain decreases. Luckily, consuming beet helps relax blood vessels and in return brings more blood to the brain, thus improving its function. A study conducted at Wake Forest University [6] showed that drinking beetroot juice can slow the progression of dementia by increasing oxygenation.

    Beet has anti-inflammatory properties

    Beet contains betaine compounds which can fight inflammation when activated in the body. Anti-inflammatory properties of beet have been confirmed in a study conducted by Greek researchers [7] which indicated that betaine from beet reduced inflammation markers.

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    Beet helps keep your digestive system healthy

    As it is rich in fiber, beet can help you in keeping your digestive track healthy and to avoid constipation.

    Are there any side effects when consuming beet?

    Beet is generally regarded as safe, yet women who are pregnant or breastfeeding should consume it in prescribed quantities.

    For some people, consuming beet may cause their urine to turn pink or red, and as beet lowers calcium levels, it can cause kidney damage in larger quantities.

    How to eat beet

    When buying beet, it is better to purchase organically grown one. Buy younger, smaller beets if you wish to avoid peeling, and also make sure the beet you are buying don’t have bruises or spots. You can keep it in refrigerator for up to 3 weeks and take it out when you want to prepare a delicious healthy meal.

    You can eat raw beet, in a salad combined with other vegetables. Also, you can steam, boil, roast, pickled, add it in your dessert or make your own beetroot juice. Anyway you eat it, you will feel health benefits, so choose the method of cooking that suits your taste.

    Delicious beet recipes

    You can eat beets in salads, soups, or even desserts!

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    Beet Salad with Goat Cheese

      This is a delicious salad that can be turned into a meal if you add chicken into it. It takes very little time to prepare, and you will enjoy this super healthy salad.

      Beat and Pear Puree

        If you are looking for a tasty and healthy side dish with your turkey or pork roast, this beat and pear puree is the perfect answer. If you are busy, you can make it earlier and just preheat it before eating.

        Beet and Buttermilk Soup

          This creamy and mouthful soup will make you feel energized and refreshed. It is both of rich color and taste.

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          Roasted Beets with Feta

            This is the perfect and easy-to-make side dish and it tastes best when made with fresh beets from the local farmer’s market.

            Rich Beet Chocolate Cake

              Yes, you can make yummy desserts with beats too, such as this delicious moist chocolate cake. You would never guess when looking at it that it’s made from beets!

              How much beets is enough?

              How much beet is healthy to consume depends on your age and health conditions. There is yet no concrete scientific research concerning recommended range of dosage, but if you are not sure how much you can consume, consult your doctor.

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              How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

              How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

              You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

              We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

              The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

              Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

              1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

              Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

              For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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              • (1) Research
              • (2) Deciding the topic
              • (3) Creating the outline
              • (4) Drafting the content
              • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
              • (6) Revision
              • (7) etc.

              Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

              2. Change Your Environment

              Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

              One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

              3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

              Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

              Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

              My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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              Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

              4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

              If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

              Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

              I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

              5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

              I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

              Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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              As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

              6. Get a Buddy

              Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

              I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

              7. Tell Others About Your Goals

              This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

              For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

              8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

              What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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              9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

              If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

              Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

              10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

              Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

              Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

              11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

              At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

              Reality check:

              I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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