Beets – what kind of vegetable?
Beets are a vegetable known since ancient times. The first mention of it refers to the III-IV centuries. Initially, only the leaves were eaten, and the roots were used for medicinal purposes. Currently, there are different types of beets (ordinary, sugar, fodder), all of them are bred as a result of selection. Sugar beets are used for food.
Like any product of plant origin, the root crop contains a wide range of useful substances. At the same time, beets belong to low-calorie foods – only 42 kilocalories per 100 grams.
Among the macronutrients in the composition of beets, potassium is in the lead, which is responsible for the body’s water balance, nerve conduction of impulses, and for the functioning of the human cardiovascular system. Potassium deficiency worsens the general condition of the body, causes fluid retention and swelling.
A large amount of vitamin B9, in other words, folic acid, contributes to the functioning of the circulatory and immune systems. Folic acid is not reproduced by our body, so its reserves must be constantly replenished. The lack of this vitamin will affect the formation of new cells in the body. That is, the resulting violations in cell division can cause the formation of cancerous tumors.
Among the trace elements contained in the beet, the largest amount of rubidium, copper, boron. Rubidium has not been sufficiently studied by science, but it is known that it can significantly reduce the manifestations of allergies, and rubidium also partially performs the functions of potassium in relation to the activation of digestive enzymes. Copper is responsible for the conversion of iron into hemoglobin, which is so necessary for the human body, as well as for the state of the nervous system of the body. Boron is found in all tissues of the human body. Therefore, its deficiency, first of all, will affect the condition of the bones, the human hormonal system.
Let’s draw conclusions. With its low calorie content, beets have a number of useful properties:
- stimulates the formation of new red blood cells;
- promotes proper cell division and prevents the formation of malignant tumors;
- normalizes the water balance of the body;
- the fiber contained in the root crop (a carbohydrate present in all vegetables and fruits) helps to cleanse the intestines.
Kefir – water or food?
Kefir is a fermented milk product that is obtained from milk by fermentation with kefir fungi. During the production of kefir, it undergoes heat treatment. Of course, in this case, some of the useful substances are lost, but this is necessary in order to get rid of the pathogenic bacteria contained in the original product.
So why is kefir considered a dietary product? 100 grams of the product contains 40 kilocalories at 1% fat, 50 kilocalories at 2.5% fat, 56 kilocalories at 3.2% fat. As well as proteins and carbohydrates. Given this, the body will perceive kefir as food, and not as a drink. It turns out that they drank kefir – that means they ate. And since nutritionists do not recommend eating more than one glass of food at one meal, then after drinking a glass of kefir, you will get only about 100 kilocalories at the same time satisfying thirst and hunger.
First of all, we note that kefir contains 90 grams of water per 100 grams of product. So they can restore the water balance of the body.
In large quantities, kefir contains calcium, which is responsible for the condition of bones, teeth, blood clotting, and the functioning of the muscular system.
Also kefir contains a lot of potassium, chlorine, phosphorus. The effect of potassium on the human body is described in the previous section. Chlorine, along with sodium and potassium, is a regulator of water metabolism in the human body. It is found in intercellular fluids and is able to regulate the movement of lymph. Chlorine is also involved in the formation of gastric juice. Phosphorus, like calcium, is the basis for the formation of human bones and teeth. Phosphorus also takes part in the energy processes occurring in human cells and tissues, improves the absorption of glucose.
And the most important property of kefir – kefir has a beneficial effect on the microflora of the gastrointestinal tract, normalizes its work, thanks to the lactic acid bacteria used in its production.
Beets and kefir – only good
Now we can compare the properties of beets and the properties of kefir:
- Both products regulate the body’s water balance;
- Both beets and kefir help to improve digestion and cleanse the body;
The products will complement each other with other properties: blood formation, the condition of teeth, bones will improve, the energy index of the body will increase.
Thus, by introducing these products into your diet, you will improve the general condition of the body, facilitate the work of its organs and systems.
If you are serious about losing weight and for this you decide to “sit down” on a strict diet, consider the following rules:
- to achieve the desired effect, you must constantly adhere to a balanced diet;
- follow a strict diet for no more than 7 to 10 days;
- the amount of food per meal should not exceed the volume of one glass (200 ml);
- eat at the same time, do not allow yourself to feel hungry for a long time.
Let’s go directly to the diet menu:
- 8.00 – a mixture of kefir and beetroot juice (100 grams of each product; beetroot juice must stand for at least 3 hours);
- 10.00 – buckwheat with kefir and beetroot juice (in the evening of the previous day, pour buckwheat with kefir mixed with beetroot juice in equal proportions and leave to swell until morning);
- 12.00 – mix raw beets (50 grams) with kefir (150 grams) in a blender, add a little honey;
- 14.00 – grate raw beets, add greens, onions, season with vegetable oil, salt, spices to taste (instead of raw beets, you can use boiled beets, but raw beets are certainly more useful) or grate beets, add a little ground nuts, salt, spices to taste, season with vegetable oil;
- 16.00 – mix raw beets with kefir in a blender (in proportions equal to a twelve-hour meal), add a little honey;
- 18.00 – a mixture of kefir and beetroot juice (100 grams of each product; beetroot juice must stand for at least 3 hours);
- 20.00 – use a mixture of kefir and beetroot juice as in the previous meal.
So that during the diet, beets and kefir do not disgust you, due to their frequent use, you can add one or more vegetables or fruits to cocktails, as well as use mixtures of fruit and vegetable juices.
At the end of the diet, you should not eat fatty, high-calorie foods. To consolidate the effect, arrange fasting days using beets and kefir once a week:
- mix in a blender kefir, raw …