Thanks and a shout out to Megan Kelly, a Licensed Estheticain specializing in holistic nutrition, woman’s hormones, and spiritual health with an incredible blog.
Beet Kvass Recipe Ingredients:
1 large or 2 medium organic beets
1 tbsp of pink salt (Himalayan or Redmond’s Real Salt)
¼ cup of liquid whey or juice from sauerkraut
Culture starter instead of liquid whey or juice from sauerkraut
Can also use apple cider vinegar instead of liquid whey or sauerkraut
Beet Kvass Recipe Instructions:
1. Wash and peel beets and slice into chunks no smaller than about 1/2 inch across.
- Put beet chunks into a clean, 1 quart mason jar.
- Add whey or starter culture, pink salt, and enough filtered water to fill all but 1 inch from the top of the jar. Stir and mix well.
- Close lid and leave on the counter for 1-2 days. Refrigerate.
- When all but an inch or so of liquid is left in the jar, refill with more filtered water, stir, and close the lid again and leave on the counter for 2 days more. Refrigerate and use. When all the liquid is used up from the second batch, discard the beets and start again.
Dr. Chris' thoughts:
I had a conversation with a patient about nutrition. We talked fat, sugar, hormones and dysbiosis (that's when the balance of good to bad bacteria in your gut is thrown off). Antibiotics are well known disruptors of gut flora, and sugar will do the same (in addition to disrupting a host of functions controlled by nerve function, such as hormone balance, immune function, metabolism and even reproductive function just to name a few).
So she was asking about different ways to support healthy gut flora balance as a result of potential damage created by daily stress (3T's of stress: Thoughts, Trauma's and Toxin's). One such probiotic that often comes up is L. Acidophilus, as seen or heard on tv and radio commercials for different dairy based products which line the shelves and coolers of grocery stores. The truth of the matter is that we were designed to function better with a blend of plant based pro-biotics and some dairy based. Research and studies will suggest a 50/50 balance between plant and dairy based pro-biotics. The average American tends to be way off course when it comes to this gut balance due to a lifetime of anti-biotic use, as well as other medications, and lots of sugar (remember that before buying yoghurt or kefir products - sugar content, can actually disrupt flora balance), in addition to other toxins and stressors.
When shopping for probiotic supplements, you want to find strain diversity, meaning a bunch of different strains of probiotic sources. However, you can get great probiotics from plant sources as well. Cultured vegetables are a great source of such, and can be relatively easy to make (but may require some patience). Foods like kimchi, sauerkraut or kombucha. One such plant based is beet kvass. A drinkable vegetable source, loaded with probiotics, minerals incluing substances that aid in methylation (important for healthy cell function and genes). This beet kvass recipe is courtesy of Megan Kelly, a Licensed Estheticain specializing in holistic nutrition, so thanks to Megan for sharing this goodness. Give it a try and let us know how it goes!
Megan Kelly says,
"If you are looking for a drink that detoxifies, provides energy, kills disease, and rejuvenates your body, beet kvass is your golden ticket. Fermented vegetables bring live enzymes and probiotics to the body that are necessary for clear skin, weight loss, digestion, and balanced hormones.
Fermented beets in particular have a very favorable effect on disturbed cellular function. Many scientific studies have demonstrated that beets have a regenerating effect on the body. So much so that beet kvass is widely used in cancer therapy in Europe and is also an excellent therapy for chronic fatigue, skin conditions, allergies and digestive problems.
“This drink is valuable for its medicinal qualities and digestive aid. Beets are just loaded with nutrients. One 4-ounce glass morning and night is an excellent blood tonic, promotes regularity, aids digestion, alkalizes the blood, and cleanses the liver.”
This drink is bursting with nutrition and rejuvenation that your body will thrive off of. Super healing, super detoxifying, and easy to make!
I use liquid whey that I make from raw goat milk. You can also make liquid whey from straining organic plain yogurt. If you do not have liquid whey, you can use juice from a sauerkraut jar."