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The Beet Juice Gastric Acid Test:
(source: Ed Bauman, 2009)

Drink 4oz of beet juice once daily for 3 consecutive days. Find a local shop that makes juice fresh on-location or an organic grocery store (it doesn’t have to be fresh). If you can’t access beet juice, you can use raw or even cooked beets for this test. You’ll probably need to eat one large beet to yield equivalent of the red pigment (betalain) in the beet juice. You may dilute the juice slightly with water if you wish. It will be very sweet.

  • Check the color of your urine daily and record if your urine is red, pink or yellow.
  • Check the list below for symptoms you may have experienced in the last 30 days.

If the red color from the beets is passed into your urine, it may indicate a low level of hydrochloric acid. With the right amount of gastric acid, the betalain in the beets would be broken down and not appear in your urine.