Ditch the Energy Drinks! Try This Natural Alternative for More Pep in Your Step

Posted in: Diet & Nutrition
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Susan Ohtake, Certified Personal Trainer

Susan Ohtake, CPT

I totally get it (even more now that I have a toddler running around!). It's hard to find the energy to do everything we need to do in a day. Sometimes it seems overwhelming. There are days I barely feel like I have time to get a workout in, much less the energy!

But is it possible to have enough energy to sustain a rich and full life while still being healthy and energetic?

By healthy I mean: Without energy drinks?

The answer isn’t in coffee or energy drinks or pep pills—each of which have dangerous and unhealthy side effects. There’s a better alternative.

No, it’s not some weird root you’ve never heard of. Its…BEETS!

Beats Are an Energy Boosting Superfood

BEETS???

That’s right! Beets.

Beets are an amazing food. They’re so familiar to us that it’s easy to overlook their incredible health properties. Science backs up what cultures all over the world have known for millennia—that beets can work miracles!

Here are the top 4 ways that eating beets can improve your life:

Beets Help Boost Endurance Naturally

Before a workout, you may be used to drinking artificial energy drinks or eating snacks that promise more endurance. The problem is that most of these products use refined sugar to give you that boost of energy.

The energy provided by refined sugar is fleeting, lasting much less time than the natural sugars contained in beets. Moreover, refined sugars are terrible for your health. They can lead to diabetes, heart disease, or even cancer.

With beets, you get the natural health benefits of a nutritious vegetable and the energy boost you need to keep going for longer.

Scientific studies have shown that endurance increases as much as 16% when beet juice was consumed immediately before a workout. That’s why so many athletes and health junkies use it as a natural energy boost.

Beets Stop Oxidation With Antioxidants

You’ve probably heard about antioxidants and the astounding results they can have for your health. How do they work?

Antioxidants are our protectors against free radicals. Free radicals are substances in our bodies that damage healthy cells, making them dangerous in a number of different ways. They can cause everything from cancer to heart disease. Antioxidants combat free radicals. These cellular warriors stop free radicals from doing permanent damage to our systems.

Beets are high in antioxidants. That means that the more beets we eat, the better our bodies are able to fight off the damage caused by free radicals. As a result, your body is healthier, happier, and full of energy.

Beets Can Help Lower Blood Pressure

High blood pressure can be a real problem—especially for people with busy and active lifestyles. It can lead to all kinds of problems and even death. High blood pressure is no joke, which is why it’s important to do what we can to combat it.

Beets contain natural nitrates. Nitrates are converted by your body into nitric oxide, which improves blood flow and relaxes the blood vessels.

Beets are so good at lowering blood pressure that studies show they work amazingly quickly. Within only a few hours of eating them, your blood pressure will already be lower.

Beats May Help Prevent Cancer

Cancer is one of the leading causes of death in America today, but it is one of the trickiest to combat. How to avoid this horrible disease?

Studies show that beets can help prevent cancer. By fighting damage on the cellular level, they stop the damage that can lead to the development of cancerous cells.

These benefits only come from real beets. Canning and pickling destroys the healthy enzymes that protect your cells. So, make sure to eat your beets raw or lightly steamed.

They’re a sweet treat as well as a miracle food!

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