The Beetroot Test for Low Stomach Acid The discolouration of the urine, to red or pink, after eating beets is called beeturia. It’s caused by the betalain pigments in the beets, breaking down and being excreted. The stomach acid and the flora of the gut play an important role in breaking down the pigments in food, so if they are low or compromised you may experience beeturia.
Often people eat or drink beetroots on purpose in order to test their digestive health. When you are low in stomach acid, your body is not able to metabolize and assimilate beetroot pigments properly. Chances are the same thing is happening for a lot of other foods you are eating. Being able to digest and absorb the vitamins and minerals in your food is very important for your health.
Symptoms of Low Stomach Acid:
Gain weight easily
- Suffer from reflux,
indigestion or gas
- Have skin issues
- Prone to asthma
- Feeling tired / lethargic
Investigating the Solutions
- Use a good probiotic supplement and digestive enzyme; these are readily available at health stores.
- Eat raw foods to up your enzyme intake.
- Add warming spices to your diet, such as cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, cumin, coriander, chili & fennel seed to help kick start the digestive fire.
- A small cup of miso soup will aid the digestion before meals. Try to look for soya-free unpasteurized miso. Mix a teaspoon into warm, not boiled water with a pinch of ginger, and drink a small cup before meals.
- A tablespoon of lemon juice or cyder vinegar in warm water, 15 mins before a meal will help raise the stomach PH for better digestion.
- Make sure you are getting enough water. Drink it between meals and not with food. Drink your water warm or at room temp and with a squeeze of lemon.
- Include soaked linseeds in your morning routine, just soak a teaspoon in a small cup of water overnight and drink in the morning. This will soothe and rehydrate your digestive system.
- Remove for a time, cooling, dampening foods such as excess fruits, bananas, frozen or refrigerated food. You can warm your food up slightly first and serve on a warm plate.
- Learn how to ferment your own vegetables, as these aid the digestion and repopulate the gut with beneficial probiotics. Other gut health happiness fermentations to try include kefir and kombuca.
- A tablespoon of coconut oil daily helps to kill bad bacteria and candida in the gut. It’s not fattening, so don’t let that put you off, in fact it has the opposite effect.
- Use raw, local, unprocessed honey, this helps to repopulate the gut with good bacteria and deter the bad guys, don’t use if you have sugar balance or candida issues.
- Have green smoothies and juices everyday as well as nettle tea, and seaweed in your meals. The nutrition in these will absorb easily and nourish the body with what it needs.
If you see red urine and you haven’t had any beetroot or red/purple coloured foods, you need to see your primary care doctor.