Beet-ing the Hangover Blues with Our Magical Beet Kvass!
"Alcohol depletes a number of minerals, particularly zinc, potassium and magnesium."
Beet Kvass is a fermented beet tonic with medieval origins from Russia and Ukraine. Known as a cure-all tonic, this drink is used to help support liver function and help with blood filtration through the gallbladder. It was even used as a replacement for tainted water during times of communicable disease in Europe. How? With a high concentration of B vitamins, essential minerals, and folate. Oh, but there's so much more...
At Garden Goddess, we ferment a mixture of Pink Himalayan salt, organic beets, cinnamon, and cloves with the total fermentation-to-bottle process lasting about 4 weeks. While some recipes can contain yeast or added cultures, we let the naturally-high-in-sugar beets do all the work in our kvass. The cinnamon and cloves provide additional phytonutrients that help with the absorption of the healthy probiotic bacteria and stimulate blood flow.
Cinnamon is a known anti-inflammatory and also helps lower blood sugar levels, which are two very important things to note before running to the medicine cabinet for Tylenol or Ibuprofen after a wild night. Cloves help aid with digestion by increasing the amount of digestive enzymes in your stomach when consumed, making the Kvass and its healthy probiotics hit you harder than the sauce.
High sodium foods are normally avoided on healthy diets, but the Himalayan sea salt content is definitely an exception in our Kvass. The pink sea salt contains over 80 trace minerals, specifically magnesium, potassium, and calcium. With many humans deficient in these minerals, our magical Kvass helps to increase absorption of them back into the body through your gut! Replenishing important electrolytes that alcohol consumption depletes is just another great benefit of beet kvass.
And last but not least, beets naturally contain a high amount of nitrates that help increase oxygen in the blood.
"The benefit likely comes from the naturally occurring nitrates in beets, which are converted into nitric oxide in your body. Nitric oxide, in turn, helps to relax and dilate your blood vessels, improving blood flow and lowering blood pressure." - Dr. Mercola
Lower blood pressure means less stress and more chill, which is exactly what the doctor would order after a night out partying (wink).
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