The beet test

Eat beets. If they turn your urine pink/red, then you have low stomach acid. Stomach acid is a very important first step in digestion. Without enough, you can't absorb B12, and you have trouble absorbing zinc as well as several other nutrients. If you don't have adequate stomach acid, proteins aren't broken down properly, and so they can cause trouble in the small intestine and/or get absorbed whole into the bloodstream.

Gluten and casein are famous for being addictive because they form opiod-like substances. Stomach acid is necessary to prevent them from becoming opiods.

Histamine helps trigger the release of stomach acid. Histamine is found in several foods, especially ferments, so pile on another reason to eat ferments with every meal. Adequate zinc is also necessary to produce stomach acid (remember what's not absorbed well without it?).


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    Pat Robinson

    correct, pink = inadequate stomach acid.

    Cabbage juice, sauerkraut, zinc, apple cider vinegar, fermented vegetables, B12 all help to improve stomach acid naturally.

    Spices, teas and herbs, i.e. camomile, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, nettles and other "bitters" etc. stimulate digestion also.


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    April LaCosse

    oh my last summer my whole family was eating beats a lot and had pink...... I am so grateful to have you and the program. I didn't realize this was bad. That why I was questioning this. Thank you. I brought beat plan today hopefully today I will find out again. Then go from there.

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    nancy peden

    I eat lots of beets as they produce nitrates which are then broken into nitric oxide i think and really help my bile production. test i like. my pee does not turn pink!

    as i am on a genetic diet, i have severe mthfr, i am working to reduce histamine. i do not eat fermenteds at this point.

    i am under tremendous stress and this really effects my health.

    i will soon need a leaky gut protocol. is there one on this site?

    btw, given my disease status, there is much here i cannot take and there is much i can learn. the 10 pm bed routine has been revolutionary for me. many thanks, np