ACT Wellness Center

The Beet Test and Recipe of the Month

Do You Have Low Stomach Acid? Try The Beet Test. Eat a lot of beets or drink 4 oz of beet juice once daily for 3 consecutive days then check the color of your urine daily. If your urine is red, pink or yellow, chances are, you have low stomach acid. When you have low stomach acid, your body is not able to metabolize and assimilate beetroot pigments properly. In fact, low stomach acid carries an increased risk of yeast, mold and bacterial infections. In extreme cases, low stomach acid can lead to stomach cancer if left untreated.

Recipe of the Month: Beet Bliss
Prep & Ready Time: 20 Minutes; Yields: 4 Servings.

6 cups baby spinach
1 cup quartered cooked beets
1/2 cup Maple-Mustard Vinaigrette
2 tablespoons chopped toasted pecans
2 ounces crumbled goat cheese

Maple-Mustard Vinaigrette:
1/2 cup walnut oil, or canola oil
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup cider vinegar
2 tablespoons coarse-grained mustard
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper

Prepare Vinaigrette by whisking all ingredients together, set aside.
Toss spinach, beets and 1/2 cup Maple-Mustard Vinaigrette in a salad bowl.
Top with Pecans and goat cheese.

Serve & Enjoy! Beets promote optimal health by provide you with powerful nutrient compounds that help protect against heart disease, birth defects and certain cancers, especially colon cancer.

Dr. Carmelo Caratozzolo CCSP, CCEP
ACT Wellness Center / 2894 Garber Way / Woodbridge, VA / 703-491-9355
Mon. Tues. Thu. 9 – 12:30; 3 – 7pm; Wed. 3 – 7pm; Fri. – closed