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How can beetroot improve bowel health?

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Beetroot, or simply known as beet, is high in fiber so eating it regularly can improve bowel health by regulating bowel movements. Drinking beetroot juice daily can relieve chronic constipation, according to Breaking Muscle. Beets contain betaine, which normalizes stomach acid secretion and reduces bloating and gas, notes Natural Society.

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Consuming large quantities of beetroot can lead to a pink coloration of urine and stool, which is completely harmless, and can actually indicate overall digestive health. This is known as the "beet test," according to The Globe and Mail. If red stool appears less than 12 hours after consuming beets, the digestive cycle is too short because the body is not absorbing enough nutrients. Eating food slowly and thoroughly chewing it can help improve nutrient absorption, as can limiting the amount of liquid that is drank with food. It is not healthy for the body to take more than 24 hours to move waste through the digestive system; if this happens, drinking more water and eating more fiber-rich and water-dense foods will improve digestion time.

Consuming beetroot in large doses, especially if the body is not used to beets, can sometimes cause mild gastrointestinal discomfort, cautions Breaking Muscle. Cooking beetroot for more than 15 minutes removes most of the vegetable's nutritional value, notes Natural Society, which is why juicing beets or eating them raw provides the most health benefits.

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