Both ingesting oils and consuming excessive amounts of seeds can actually cause gut health issues, as they can irritate the gut lining. No thank you, right? This is where castor oil packs come in, working from the outside in, the topical alternative to ingesting seeds or tolerating the oral intake of oils.
March 11, 2022
Written by Marisol Teijeiro N.D. (inactive) & Christy Howitt B.A.
Medically Reviewed by Melanie Swackhammer B.A.
Est. reading time: 10 minutes.
Why Beet Juice is Good for You and Your Gut Health
Beet Juice is the Perfect Castor Oil Pack Companion
So you love your beets, do you? Perhaps it’s because of their soluble fiber that helps you stay quite regular1? Or maybe it’s because your integrative/functional medicine practitioner or health coach suggested that beets help clean your blood and support liver health and metabolism due to their color2?
How exactly do they do this? If you’ve ever wondered..
- Why drink beet juice instead of eating beets on their own?
- How is beet juice good for my gut health and my microbiome?
- Why beet juice is the perfect companion to your Castor Oil Pack practice?
- A special easy beet juice recipe for liver cleansing and gut health with simple ingredients to maximize all the benefits of beets so you can start balancing your liver detox and your microbiome
The best part? You probably already have the ingredients in your kitchen cupboard, and you don’t need a fancy juicer or blender.
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I truly thought my constipation was unbeatable until I tried the castor oil pack. It’s been shown to gently relieve constipation and regulate the bowels through improvement of smooth muscle function of the intestines.