Food of the Week – Beetroot

This week we’re keeping to the category of vegetables and putting the spotlight on….BEETROOT. We all know that vegetables are super important in a balanced diet, but are also critical when looking at athletes and performance benefits. But did you know that beetroot juice can boost performance?

Beetroots contain nitrates, which act as a vasodilator meaning it increases the diameter of blood vessels around the body resulting in increased oxygen flow. This can aid in an increased amount of blood flow and oxygen being supplied to skeletal muscles, which is super handy when looking at increasing your performance as an athlete. It’s also beneficial for the average person as this effect on blood vessels also can occur to other vessels in the body e.g. the gallbladder, which can help increase the flow of bile, helping us break down fats easier.

If you’re a first timer to beetroot, make sure you start slow e.g. start with ¼ or ½ beetroot per day and slowly build to 1-2 per day to allow your body, but particularly your digestive tract to slowly adjust.

This blog post was written by the osteopaths at Everything’s Connected Osteopathy.  Everything’s Connected Osteopathy is your premier osteopathic clinic located in Camberwell Melbourne on Riversdale Road.  Everything’s Connected Osteopathy are osteopaths who use movement to assess and treat musculoskeletal disorders.  At Everything’s Connected all osteopaths have nutrition qualifications and are focused on an active treatment and management plan.  Our clinic sees patients of all ages, ranging from children to the elderly.  Common conditions typically presenting to the clinic include sports injuries, osteoarthritic related aches and pains, neck pain, back pain, weight loss and upper and lower limb injuries.  To find out more about us at Everything’s Connected Osteopathy, click on the link  here.   Everything’s Connected Osteopathy is located at 734 Riversdale Road, Camberwell.  We are a short 5-minute drive from Camberwell Junction and a 2-minute walk from Riversdale Road Train Station.    Appointments can be made by calling us on 03 98886176 or emailing

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