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Sweet Red Beets

Relief for Gallbladder Pain

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A Testimonial Food Blog

by Dory Alonzo

New Jersey

January 14, 2010

In every major family celebration like birthday, Christmas, and New Year, I have always contributed my food specialties on the family feast table. My family and friends love my Chicken Macaroni Salad, Frozen Fruit Salad, Coleslaw, and Potato Salad. 

My recipe for a regular potato salad includes boiled potatoes, shredded boiled chicken, chopped hard-boiled eggs, minced red onions, mayonnaise, salt and pepper. The load of mayonnaise I use makes this recipe not really healthy especially if eaters do not care about portion control. 

There were occasions back in the Philippines when I tasted potato salad recipes of some friends and noticed that red thing on the salad. They said they added beets on the salad. Beets, oh ok. I wondered what that beet really was, how it looked prior to chopping, where to find it. I never bothered to explore further since I was happy with my own potato recipe. 

In late 2009, my close family friend suffered a chronic gallbladder pain due to polyp crystals diagnosed in her initial ultrasound. She immediately opted for surgical removal of her gallbladder but was later advised against it. We prayed really hard and earnestly for her healing and relief from the symptomatic pain and discomfort. 

I immediately did my own research on home treatment for gallbladder attack and learned from several sites that red beets provide therapeutic relief to sufferers, together with green soup, flax seed tea, and some fruits like organic apples and pears, and some vegetables like Swiss chard, cucumber, and dandelion greens and tender baby greens, mostly in juice form. 

The therapeutic red beet recipe requires 1 large raw beet coarsely grated, juice of quarter-lemon, and 1-2 tablespoons of flaxseed oil, all mixed together. On day 1, sufferer should take 1 teaspoon of beet mixture every hour throughout the day. The following days, the beet mixture is to be taken 1 teaspoon, 3-4 times a day until the relief is experienced. You can also add it to salads 3-4 times a week. When using organic beet, you can thoroughly wash it and keep the skin, otherwise peel it. 

I put her on this gallbladder diet to help detox her digestive system from bad fat deposit. She also sought medical attention. Based on her testimonial, the beet recipe really helped treat her of the gallbladder attack. It relieved her from pain on the right side of her abdomen just below the rib cage, and greatly helped to move the fat build-up in her gallbladder and keep her bile thin and moving. As long as she doesn't eat too much and stay away from fatty and dairy diet, her gallbladder is at peace :) But whenever she does experience an attack again, I give her the wonderful beet recipe. I use Barlean's Organic Flax Oil for the beet recipe. 

Thus, begun my fascination with the red beets. Yes the sweet beet but not the bad sweet. Oh yes, there's such a thing as healthy sweet like stevia, xylitol, and of course sweet beet :) 

I now know how beets look like, with roots and red-streaked green leaves. Knowing what I know now about the numerous health and nutrition benefits of beets, I use them frequently in my recipes for healthy dishes, fish soups, salads, and veggie juice. 

And yes not to forget, I can now safely add that red beet to my Potato Salad recipe, for a healthier sweet option...I know, I know, got to use light mayonnaise. Hhmm maybe I can make my own healthy mayonnaise...that's another food blog I guess :)

For more information about health benefits of beets, go to Red Beets - a useful detoxifier and blood purifier or visit Healthy Foods List of El Rophe Garden website.


Beet Recipe for treatment of gallbladder attack- coarsely grated beet, organic flax oil, and 

juice of  fresh lemon


Red Beet roots, beet greens, and grated beets  

   Healthy sweet red beet cubes, boiled and seasoned with olive oil, lightly sea salted, with black pepper

Salmon Fish Bones Soup with red beets.

Organic fruits and vegetables for juicing (cucumber, celery, apples and grapes)


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