Freaking out because you think you’ve got blood in your stool? Not so fast.
Consider for a moment when the last time was that you ate beets?
Maybe you’ve heard Oprah’s story about the time she freaked out when she saw “blood” in her stool and took herself to the ER. She thought she had a serious problem when in reality she had just eaten beets several days prior.
Have you ever thought about how long it takes for a single food to pass through your entire digestive system?
I’m guessing the answer is likely a resounding NO! Unless of course you’ve done the Conscious Cleanse.
As a culture that is, dare I say it, obsessed about a number on a scale, you’d think we’d be more open to taking a closer look at what is actually going in and coming out of our body.
And what’s the big deal about poop talk in our culture? Why is it such a taboo topic to talk about the one thing that all of us do on a daily (hopefully!) basis?
When we’re young all we want to do is talk about our poop. The word alone is fun to say. When we need to go we’re sure to announce it to the world. And after we go, we get supercharged with energy.
So today we’re going there. We’re gonna talk about poop and the amount of time it takes for the food you eat to go from your mouth to your toilet.
Professionals call this “Food Transit Time.” We like to refer to it simply as the “Beetroot Test.”
The average American eating the Standard American diet has a food transit time between 60 and 100 hours! The longer the transit time, the longer toxic waste matter sits in the bowels, the more likely we are to develop disease. That also means that for nearly 3 (or more) days there is rotting food waste sitting inside of the colon.
It’s no wonder we hear people complaining all time time of feeling tired, sluggish, sick and bloated.
Ugh! So now I know why we don’t like to talk about poop. That fact alone is enough to make even a vibrant health warrior like myself nauseous.
So what’s a girl to do?
Well the first step is always awareness. Try our beloved Beetroot test and wait to see how many days it takes for you to see the color of the red beets in your stool.
Beetroot Test: Eat a large serving of beets, noting the date and time of your meal. Count the number of hours and days it takes for you to see “red” in your stool.
You might be wondering, “what is a good food transit time?,” and the answer is varied but generally speaking 12 to 24 hours is a great number to work towards.
Below is a recipe for one of my favorite salads, Raw Carrot Beet Salad. It’s is beet-i-licious and perfect for the beetroot test. Enjoy!
Looking for more great beet recipes? Here’s one our favorites: Beet Hummus
We can’t wait to hear the comments and results of this one, so please leave me a note below and tell me, what your beetroot test reveals!
With love and beet goodness,
Raw Carrot Beet Salad
Yields about 2 1/2 cups
- 2 large raw beets, peeled and quartered
- 4-6 carrots, peeled
- 1 to 2 TB. olive oil
- 1 to 2 TB. coconut aminos (tamari can be used here too when not on the cleanse)
- 1/3 cup sunflower seeds, raw and unsalted
- 1/4 cup raisins
- Sea salt and black pepper to taste
Fit your food processor with the shredding blade and shred beets and carrots. Transfer into a large bowl and mix in olive oil, coconut aminos, sunflower seeds and raisins. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes before eating.