These men drank their beet juice like men and began to nourish their bodies by eating real food.
January 19, 2015, an announcement read: “Queen Mary University of London study Reveals Beet Juice Lowers Blood Pressure.”
The double-blind study consisted of 64 patients. The first group had high blood pressure that was not controlled by medication. The second group was not taking medication although they had high blood pressure.
“This interesting study builds on previous research by this team and finds that a daily glass of beetroot juice can lower blood pressure in people with hypertension–even those whose high blood pressure was not controlled by drug treatment.” Dr. Shannon Amoils, Senior Research Advisor at the British Heart Foundation.
The beet juice patients also showed an increase in blood dilation capacity, and a decrease in arterial stiffness; both markers of heart disease.
The study did find that high blood pressure returned to participants who stopped using the beet juice. You must continue using the beet juice. Over time, you can learn how much YOU need to use to keep your blood pressure under control. Unlike their pharmaceutical counterparts, beet juice has no known harmful side effects.
Please note, you must work with your licensed healthcare practitioner in all matters of your health and never stop any pharmaceutical drugs without direction from your doctor. Stopping pharmaceutical drugs improperly can be life threatening.
This study is no surprise to me. For almost a decade, I’ve watched our healthy lifestyle students regulate their blood pressure, lower their cholesterol, blood sugar, and pain levels by drinking real raw vegetable juices–including beet juice and eating alkalizing, anti-inflammatory foods.
The 3-Step process is simple, and the results are astounding.
1. Do a 28-day Dietary Cleanse. Ben was on the phone with his cardiologist when he walked into my office back in 2007. The doctor wanted to schedule him for heart surgery to repair six blockages. “Can I try this 28-day health program first?” When the doctor affirmed his request, Ben looked at his wife and said: “I don’t know about you, but I’m doing this thing.” In just 28-days, Ben lowered his cholesterol by 100 points bringing it and all of his metrics to normal healthy levels.
Ben “bypassed” open-heart surgery by doing a dietary cleanse and choosing to a whole food diet with good fats, quality proteins and nutrient dense foods and raw vegetable juices, including beets. All his numbers improved, he returned to a healthy weight and continues to enjoy good health.
2. Chose Alkalizing, Anti-Inflammatory Foods. George and his wife Suzy believed they ate healthily. After all, they rarely ate fast food, and she prepared most of their meals. They felt revitalized when they did a dietary cleanse incorporating beet, carrot, and barley juice. They were shocked when their blood pressure normalized; allergies went away and the arthritic pain subsided. Their long-term plan includes continuing the juices and choosing anti-inflammatory alkaline foods.
The typical processed, fast foods Americans eat cause inflammation and are highly acidic. The good news is you don’t have to do a radical change; it’s just a flip. Acid forming foods are primarily proteins, sugar, caffeine, alcohol, and grains. Instead of eating an acidic burger on an acidic bun with just one little alkalizing piece of iceberg lettuce, flip your ratios. Go for a good grass-fed burger on a whole grain bun or even better a lettuce leaf and add a side salad. Make your meal ratio 1:2:3; one handful of acid forming food to three handfuls of alkalizing veggies or fruits and two servings of beneficial fats.
3. Consume Dietary Nitrate in the Form of Beet Juice.
Hal was a no-go when it came to healthy eating. “I eat what I want when I want.” However, watching his wife go from fat and frumpy to happy and hot changed his mind. She didn’t have to nag; Dennis watched his wife normalize her blood pressure in 10 days, drop 30 pounds in a few months and become happier and easier to live with. Those results convinced him to give it a try. Ten days later, Dennis’s systolic blood pressure dropped from the 140s and stabilized at 110. His chronic pain levels also began to drop, and Dennis too began to smile more.
Their doctor was astounded; “I’ve never seen such a quick reversal of high blood pressure! I wish all my patients would do this.”
Impressed by these results, their relatives excitedly followed the same plan and in a matter of days both had normalized blood pressure and with a doctor’s help stopped all digestion and pain medications. They both lost over 30 pounds, and his brother-in-law experienced improved diabetic neuropathy on his feet.
The Magic Of Beet Juice
How does beet juice work? The “magic” that regulates high blood pressure is Nitric Oxide and is made in your body from the nitrate found in beet juice.
Dr. David Williams, chiropractor and medical researcher states: “Nitric oxide relaxes the smooth muscles in your blood vessels. This helps your arteries stay properly dilated. Nitric oxide also has an anti-platelet effect that helps prevent blood from thickening and clotting.”
The nitric oxide from beet juice also helps with energy and all forms of circulatory dysfunction, including male and female erectile disorder. The purple, crimson color is a powerful antioxidant called “Betacyanin”; well known as a powerful cancer-fighting agent. It’s important to note that Betacyanin may cause red urine or red stools in some people; this is largely due to stomach acidity and is not harmful. You receive the benefit of beet nitrate in roasted and raw beets. Since dietary nitrate is water-soluble, the benefit is lost when you boil beets.
In addition to choosing anti-inflammatory alkalizing foods, my students regularly use dehydrated non-GMO juice powders from young barley grass, carrots, and beets. When choosing a dehydrated juice powder, be sure the vegetables and fruits are pesticide and herbicide free. Non-GMO please, real juice and not just ground up dehydrated whole vegetables. The juice, with the fiber removed, is where the healing power is.
It is possible to make your own beet juice; one serving is the juice of half a pound, approximately two medium sized beets. Diabetics should be aware of the sugar content of homemade beet juice. Good quality dehydrated juice powders have less sugar while retaining the construction crew; the enzymes.
Ben, George, and Hal initially complained about the taste of beets and many vegetables. I reminded them that a shot of whiskey didn’t taste all that great the first time they drank it, but they kept shooting it anyway for the results.
These men drank their beet juice like men and began to nourish their bodies by eating real food. They stand up straighter, smile more often, try new things and begin to make a difference in their world again.
What are you doing to improve your blood test numbers and avoid the genetic disease tendencies towards heart disease in your family?
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