OMG I Have Beeturia!

by Nicole Graves on July 11, 2013

bunch of beets

OMG I Have Beeturia!

Have you ever had a tasty glass of beet juice, and shortly after used the restroom only to think you are dying because your urine is red?  That’s beeturia!

The truth is few people see a change in urine color.  For most people, the pigments from the beneficial phytochemicals in beets, get washed away due to the acidity in the stomach.  However, beeturia is a condition that occurs to about 10-15% of adults where the urine turns red after consuming beets.  While beeturia is typically harmless and temporary, it can be an indicator of poor digestive health, iron deficiency and poor absorption.   

Don’t worry!  The health benefits of beets outweigh the side effects.  Beets are high in antioxidants, help reduce blood pressure, help prevent blood clots, are low in fat, and are rich in vitamins and are powerful detoxifiers.  

Go to your destiny,


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Hope July 13, 2013 at 4:13 pm

Well dag, I have this too when I eat beets!


Shenea October 26, 2013 at 2:32 am

What a relief! I’m trying to add more veggies to my diet so I decided to juice a large beet, grapefruit, carrotts, and some celery. I drank a whole glass of juice and a few hours after my workout at the gym I used the bathroom. I also check to see how hydrated I am, so when I looked down I thought, “Oh no Lord is it time?” I thought I was dying because I was peeing blood!!!! Then I remembered the whole beet I had. So I’ve been doing so research and it seems like this is a common situation after eating or drinking beets. But I guess I’ll have to check with my doctor to see if I have an iron issue. Thanks for the post!


Nicole Graves October 29, 2013 at 3:00 am

LOL. Yes, beets have probably scared plenty of people to death!


Carole February 4, 2014 at 7:14 am

I haven’t had beeturia…and thought I was “supposed” to, because I had received so much caution. So when I didn’t, I thought maybe I didn’t include enough beets. My husband had it though. I appreaciate this post as it provides a statistical reference point and I can carry on and not try to overdo it on beets! all the while, I may just have good absorption! lol


Nicole Graves February 16, 2014 at 3:52 pm

It’s a good thing if you don’t have it :). Cheers to good health!


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